Gravette hits cruise control in win over Green Forest
By Scott Loftis
The Gravette Lions took control early on Friday night and didn’t look back on the way to a 44-8 victory over visiting Green Forest.
“They scored pretty quick, went down the field and scored on us,” Green Forest coach Greg Tibbitt said. “Second down, we throw a pick-six so we’re down 16-0 in the first eight plays I would say.
Where we are right now, we can’t overcome that.”
Gravette led 36-0 at halftime and 44–0 in the fourth quarter before Green Forest junior Barrett Phillips ran for a touchdown and senior quarterback Reiley Gordon threw a two-point conversion pass to tight end Trevor Stark.
“We didn’t play well as a whole,” Tibbitt said. “I’m kind of disappointed in how we played. I felt like we had a chance to, maybe not win necessarily, but I felt like we were kind of close with ’em. But they got after us and they outplayed us for sure.”
In his first year at Green Forest, Tibbitt has installed a pass-based offense and has said he’s been pleased with his players’ effort. He said the Tigers must be more consistent in order to be competitive.
“It’s one of those things that you get frustrated during the game and then you watch the film and it’s just a little thing or a little thing there,” he said. “I told our kids Saturday, we’ve got nine kids doing right and two that make a mistake. We’re just not complete right now, not consistent.”
Green Forest will host Huntsville on Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
“They beat Gravette 28-26 earlier in the year and they’re fighting for that fourth or fifth spot in the playoffs,” Tibbitt said. “They’re kind of like we are, kind of like Gravette is. I feel like there’s a couple of us in the same boat. They’re rebuilding their program and they’re moving in the right direction.”