Something to build on: GF finds positives in loss to Pea Ridge

Friday, November 2, 2018
Green Forest ophomore quarterback Reiley Gordon throws a pass against Pea Ridge as Jordan Zepeda (4) and Caleb Marroquin provide blocking. Gordon passed for 84 yards.
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By Scott Loftis

The scoreboard says the Green Forest Tigers suffered another blowout loss in conference play last Friday, falling to Pea Ridge 48-0.

But Green Forest interim coach Ryan Whetham said the final score doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.

“The score doesn’t tell how hard and how well we played,” Whetham said.

Pea Ridge’s Samuel Beard ran for three touchdowns as the Blackhawks raced to a 34-0 halftime lead and went on to beat the Tigers 48-0.

Green Forest (1-8, 0-6 4A-1) saw its streak of shutout losses in conference play extended to six consecutive games, but the Tigers drove inside Pea Ridge territory on multiple occasions. Green Forest missed a long field-goal attempt and turned the ball over on downs twice.

“We move it on them,” Whetham said. “We turned it over twice on their side of the field. The kids played hard. The defense played well.”

Green Forest rushed for 52 yards on 29 attempts, led by 19 yards on four attempts by sophomore Lilo Castillo. Sophomore quarterback Reiley Gordon completed six of 15 passes for 84 yards, including a 45-yard catch by sophomore tight end Adrian Serna. Castillo caught two passes for 20 yards.

Defensively, senior linebacker Jordan Zepeda had 12 tackles, followed by Serna, senior linebacker Bristol Bishop and senior safety Hayden Bailey with nine stops apiece.

Even with the lopsided loss, Whetham said the Tigers could gain some confidence from their effort.

“It is a little bit of momentum,” he said. “(Pea Ridge coaches) even said, it was a harder game than they were expecting.”

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