Jr. Tigers get an impressive win
It has taken two games for the Green Forest junior high football team to win just as many games as it did last year. On Thursday evening, the Tigers defeated Mountain Home 26-6 at Bill Gotto Field. Green Forest led 18-6 at halftime.
“We played really well,” Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. “It’s big when you can beat anybody, but it’s really big when you can beat a 6A school in Mountain Home.”
Green Forest received the ball to start the game. Bryan Soto scored a rushing touchdown for the Tigers. After the Tigers forced a punt, Isaiah Fraga threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Grunwald. Green Forest led 12-0 minutes into the second quarter. Barrett Phillips added another touchdown right before halftime, giving the Tigers an 18-6 halftime lead.
“We have played Mountain Home the last couple years,” Whetham said. “They struggle to find games and we have been the guinea pig to take them. It’s a challenge and that’s what we want. The last couple years, we have played with them pretty well. They had gotten us on the scoreboard the last couple years, but we had played well against them. This year, our kids were focused all week long. They knew what the task was at hand. They had watched them on film. They knew they could beat them.”
Green Forest was unable to score on its first possession of the second half, but a fumble recovery by the Tiger defense put Green Forest in position to score once again. Soto scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Brady Juarez converted the two-point conversion.
“The weeks are going to get tougher,” Whetham said. “They are coming, but we feel pretty good. We have West Fork next week. If we get them, we will be 3-0 heading into conference.”
Whetham was pleased with the way his defense played throughout the night. The defense forced two fumbles and got an interception.
“The first quarter went really well,” Whetham said. “Our defense played really good. They play a lot of option and I thought our defense defended it pretty good. Going back, watching it on film, there were a few breakdowns where it could have been better, but overall the defense played well. The first quarter especially.”
On Thursday, Green Forest travels to West Fork. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.