Injuries compound homecoming loss for Tigers
By Scott Loftis
With an already-thin roster and one two-way starter on the sidelines, the last thing the Green Forest Tigers could afford in last Friday’s Homecoming game was more injuries.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, that’s exactly what happened in a 34-0 loss to Gentry.
Junior quarterback Reiley Gordon, who also starts as a defensive back for the Tigers, injured a finger on his throwing hand. Junior Adrian Serna, the Tigers’ starting middle linebacker and tight end, suffered a mild concussion.
Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said X-rays on Gordon’s finger were negative.
“We thought it was broke, but it’s not,” Bishop said. “He’s hopefully going to play this week, but he won’t be our starting quarterback.”
Serna will miss Friday’s game against Lincoln, as will sophomore Bryan Soto — a two-way starter at fullback and linebacker who injured a knee in a 58-0 loss to Shiloh Christian on Oct. 4.
As far as the game itself was concerned, Green Forest (2-4, 0-3 4A-1) moved the ball effectively at times and trailed just 14-0 at halftime. The Tigers also came up with three interceptions against talented Gentry quarterback Brandon Atwood — two by senior Hayden Alvard and one by sophomore Barrett Phillips.
Atwood ran for 81 yards to lead a Gentry rushing attack that accounted for all five touchdowns by the Pioneers (4-2, 2-1).
Phillips had a game-high 94 yards on 22 carries for Green Forest.
“We moved the ball a little bit, but kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Bishop said. “I felt like our kids played hard. We just didn’t execute well enough to put points on the board. I felt like our kids hung in there and showed a little heart and character in the second half.”
Green Forest will travel to Lincoln on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.