Tough loss for Tigers: 4th-down pass sets up late game-winning TD

Friday, September 20, 2019
Green Forest sophomore running back Barrett Phillips looks for room to escape a Commerce, Okla., defender.
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By Scott Loftis

Green Forest’s offense was stuck in neutral for most of four quarters Friday night.

Still, the Tigers went toe to toe with Commerce, Okla., until a fluke play swung the game and opened the door for a 7-0 Commerce victory.

Commerce converted a halfback pass on fourth-and-7 to set up the game’s only touchdown.

“Our defense was in perfect position,” Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. “Their receiver was just laying on the field and they threw the ball and it hit him right in the belly.”

Commerce’s Kaleb Eulitt scored from the 1-yard line on the next play. The extra point put Commerce ahead 7-0 with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter.

Green Forest had two possessions as the clock wound down but was unable to get the score it needed to force overtime.

“It was a great football game,” Bishop said. “Our kids played their hearts out. Our defense played outstanding. It was one of those games where both teams played really well.”

The loss evened Green Forest’s record at 1-1 after an impressive 39-12 victory on the road over Yellville-Summit to open the season.

“We’ve got a lot of improvements to make,” Bishop said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m proud of our kids.”

Green Forest will travel to West Fork on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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