Jr. Tigers dominate Yellville-Summit
The Green Forest junior high football team got a convincing 36-0 win on Thursday evening at Yellville-Summit. Green Forest led 30-0 at halftime and the Tigers scored on offense, defense and special teams.
"We ended up having three interceptions, a fumble and a safety," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "You don't really expect to score on defense and special teams in every game just because it's hard to do. Usually in a football game, if you score in one of those two areas, you are going to win. Last night, we scored in both. That set us over the edge and we knew we had a good feeling about the way things might go when that happened. Those kids played really well."
The Tigers started the scoring early, as Garrett Lopez got a safety for Green Forest on Yellville-Summit's first possession of the game. Jake Lopez scored a touchdown for Green Forest on the next possession after the safety and Devon DiVall converted the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
"This was a big confidence-booster," Whetham said. "Last year, we finished 2-8 and right now we are already halfway there and still have nine games left. This might be the first time in my 10 or 11 years here that we have won our first game in junior high, so that's a good feeling. We have a good feeling that we have a pretty good junior high team."
Barrett Phillips returned a punt for a touchdown and also returned an interception for a touchdown to give Green Forest a 22-0 lead. Bryan Soto and Isaac DeMeyer also scored touchdowns for the Tigers. Fredy Juarez converted on a two-point play. A long run by Alberto Martinez set up the touchdown for DeMeyer.
On Thursday, the Tigers host Mountain Home and will begin playing Class 4A competition in two weeks.
"I told the guys last night that it is only going to get tougher from here, but they said they are up for the challenge," Whetham said. "We had some incompletions that should have been caught, but our defense was fast. They were communicating with one another. Moving forward, we just need to work on catching the ball."
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Mountain Home.