Bishop wants to see passion from GF

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Green Forest and West Fork are going into Friday night's game with a combined record of 0-4. Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop hopes his team is the one to come out with a win heading into conference play next week.

"West Fork isn't a bad football team at all," Bishop said. "They spread out, throw the ball. Run the ball well from the spread. They throw it about 60 percent of the time. We have our work cut out for us on the defensive side of the ball, not only defending the vertical game, but the whole width of the field. It's going to be one of those games where we are going to be playing out in space and we have got to do a good job tackling."

West Fork has lost its first two games by a combined score of 82-14. Green Forest has been outscored 46-7. Bishop said Green Forest's 32-0 shutout loss at Commerce, Okla., was a poor performance, but he has been proud of the way the Tigers have responded in practice.

"We have spent a whole lot of time watching ourselves this week and trying to address some issues that we have," Bishop said. "We didn't spend that much time on West Fork in terms of film study, but we had a good week of practice in that we did a lot of spreading out and defending their pass game. I felt like we developed a little bit and reached an understanding of what we have to do to get prepared to play a football game. Last week, the performance was unacceptable. I tried to hammer home the point that we are better than that and I expect more than that. I expect us to play well this week."

Bishop hopes to see those good practices translate into a well-played game Friday night.

"Every game is important and this finishes up the non conference schedule," Bishop said. "We know we have a tough road to ho over the next seven weeks. We need a win. They need a win. It's two teams looking to find their identity. It should be a great ballgame, but we have to make up our minds if we want to play and see if it means something."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m at Bill Gotto Field.

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