Prairie Grove takes advantage of Green Forest turnovers

Friday, October 4, 2019
Green Forest sophomore Bryan Soto runs hard in the Tigers’ loss to Prairie Grove.
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By Scott Loftis

Green Forest sophomore Barrett Phillips ran for 88 yards and a touchdown and accounted for 190 all-purpose yards in Friday’s loss to Prairie Grove.
Charles Chappell /

Life in Class 4A isn’t easy for the Green Forest Tigers, but coach Bobby Bishop says that doesn’t mean the Tigers can’t learn from the experience.

Prairie Grove returned three interceptions for touchdowns and routed Green Forest 55-14 on Friday. It was the Tigers’ eighth loss in as many games since moving to the 4A-1 conference last season.

Prairie Grove (1-3, 1-0 4A-1) led 27-0 by the end of the first quarter.

“They were by far the better football team,” Bishop said. “We tried to force the ball in a couple of spots and they were in position to make some big plays. But our kids hung in there. I thought they responded and we played a lot better in the second half.”

There were some bright spots for the Tigers. Sophomore running back Barrett Phillips rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries and scored his first high school touchdown. Junior quarterback Reiley Gordon also had a touchdown run for Green Forest.

Green Forest (2-2, 0-1) finished with 256 yards

of total offense. Phillips had a 29-yard reception and 73 return yards to finish with 190 all-purpose yards.

Bishop said the challenges of competing in Class 4A also present some opportunities.

“You can grow from something like that,” he said. “We’re looking for ways to get better and there’s opportunities for us to do that in all three phases of the game.”

Part of improving, he said, means limiting mistakes.

“When you’re up against a team that’s a lot more talented and you make mental mistakes, that just compounds the situation,” Bishop said.

Green Forest will play Shiloh Christian on Friday in Springdale. Kickoff time is 7 p.m.

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