New week, new challenge for Tigers
By Ty Loftis
The Green Forest Tigers faced a difficult opponent last week, as they faced the Prairie Grove Tigers. Now, Green Forest is tasked with taking on the Shiloh Christian Saints, a team that beat Berryville last week, 36-0.
"I see a very good football team on film," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We have looked at the Berryville game last week and the Beggs, Okla., game from the week before. I don't see any weak areas on their football team. They are big. They are fast. They are strong. They have really good athletes that can go get the ball. Speed is going to be a problem, but their size and aggressiveness is going to be a problem, too."
Last week, the Tigers had to prepare for Prairie Grove's wing-T offense. This week, Green Forest (1-3, 0-1 4A-1) has had to get ready for a spread offense that likely will utilize two quarterbacks. Through four games, junior quarterback Eli Reece has passed for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns, while sophomore Jaiden Henry has passed for a little more than 350 yards and four touchdowns.
"Prairie Grove is a big, physical team," Bishop said. "They are primarily a running team. It's a different style of offense with the same caliber of athletes. We knew these would be two of the top three teams in our league. We hope to match up with them. We certainly didn't last week and it will be difficult matching up with these guys tomorrow night."
Bishop said it has been tough preparing for the Saints (3-1, 1-0 4A-1), both offensively and defensively.
"We are back to defending the spread this week and the next two or three weeks in the future," Bishop said. "It's more open style. We have been working harder on pass rush and pass defense than what we did for Prairie Grove. It's tough to prepare for either one of the teams we have played the last two weeks because they are so good up front. We can't emulate their size, their speed or their athleticism with our scout team."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bill Gotto Field.