Tigers' struggles continue with loss to Gravette
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Tigers’ road trip to Gravette got off to a bad start last Friday, then it got worse.
A mechanical problem with the Tigers’ bus delayed their arrival until shortly before game time, then Gravette added to the misery with a 31-0 victory that kept Green Forest winless in 4A-1 conference play.
“It didn’t go quite the way I was expecting it to go,” Green Forest interim coach Ryan Whetham said.
Whetham said the windshield wipers on the team bus malfunctioned in Tontitown. Whetham stopped the bus in Gentry and was able to install new wipers, but the Tigers arrived in Gravette much later than they had anticipated.
“That kind of threw a kink in the hose,” Whetham said.
Once the game started, Gravette (1-7, 1-4) scored two second-quarter touchdowns for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Green Forest (1-7, 0-5), meanwhile, struggled to move the ball.
“I don’t know if we even crossed the 50-yard line,” Whetham said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
In fact, Green Forest finished the night with just one yard of total offense as Gravette made several tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
“They just swarmed us,” Whetham said.
Senior Jordan Zepeda had 16 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Tigers.
Gravette’s Keegan Addison ran for two touchdowns to lead the Lions.
Defensively, Green Forest got big games from senior linebacker Bristol Bishop and sophomore defensive back Max Jones, who each had 13 tackles. Sophomore free safety Reiley Gordon made 12 stops.