Gravette takes command early in win over Green Forest

Friday, November 1, 2019

By Scott Loftis

Sometimes, a muddy field can be an advantage for an underdog. Unfortunately for the Green Forest Tigers, not even a quagmire was much help in Friday’s game against Gravette.

The Lions scored five first-half touchdowns and beat the Tigers 36-6 on a field that Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop described as “a sloppy mess.”

“It had rained for a couple days straight, and our junior high played on it the night before,” Bishop said. “We were just playing in a mud bath.”

Gravette’s Chace Austin ran for three touchdowns and Cy Hilger threw two touchdown passes as the Lions (4-4, 3-2 4A-1) took a 36-0 halftime lead.

“They’re a lot better football team than we are,” Bishop said.

Green Forest (2-6, 0-5) got the only score of the second half on a 12-yard run by junior Reiley Gordon.

Sophomore Barrett Phillips ran for 59 yards on 14 carries and made eight tackles for Green Forest. Junior Max Jones and sophomore Fredy Juarez also had eight tackles apiece for the Tigers.

Green Forest will travel to Pea Ridge on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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