GF hoping to start strong
Green Forest football coach Bobby Bishop has been getting the Tigers ready for the 2018 season by making sure they are in great physical shape. Bishop will see what kind of shape his team is in Friday evening when the Tigers host Yellville-Summit.
"Our kids are getting a little bit more used to this warm weather," Bishop said. "We put them through 'Toughness Tuesday.' Some of them suffered and some of them came through it pretty good. We feel like we are getting better. We have a lot of things that we could be better at and are going to have to be better at, but I don't feel too bad about where we are right now."
Green Forest moved up to Class 4A this year, but when the Tigers were in the 3A-1 conference, they played the Panthers on a regular basis. Bishop knows what to expect from Yellville-Summit, he just hopes the Tigers are able to stop them.
"Yellville is a spread team," Bishop said. "They are going to give us a lot of run-pass option type stuff like they did last year offensively. We have to be sound from the defensive side of things. It's one of those things where it's two different styles. Last year, they couldn't stop our power-I either, but we had some late mistakes that cost us the game."
Bishop said the Tigers will be a little more experienced than Yellville-Summit and adds that it will be important to control the tempo of the game.
"They are a fast-paced team and we like to slow things down," Bishop said. "There is a pretty good contrast in styles there. I know they coach them hard over there and they have gotten a lot better over the last couple years. Coach Lucas Morris has done a heck of a job with them over there. They believe in themselves. They were a playoff team last year. We have our work cut out for us, but we are excited about the beginning of football season."
Bishop said the Tigers have a number of underclassmen and players who have never played football before.
"From the first day of practice till now, our younger kids have matured some," Bishop said. "We have some younger guys that are going to see a lot of playing time this season. There are about a half-dozen sophomores who will play a vital role in our success. The thing I have seen over the past four weeks is those kids have taken on responsibilities that they never expected and I didn't want to put on them as sophomores. But they have accepted the challenge so far."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night at Bill Gotto Field.