Pioneers pull away from Tigers in 2nd half

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

By Scott Loftis

On paper, Gentry’s 35-14 victory over visiting Green Forest looks like a game that wasn’t very competitive.

In reality, though, it was a tight contest for most of the first three quarters.

“With about seven and a half minutes left in the third quarter, we cut it to 14-6,” Green Forest coach Greg Tibbitt said. “I thought our defense played really well all night. We gave up a couple of big runs at times. It’s just learning how to win.”

Senior quarterback Reiley Gordon ran 15 yards for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the game and later threw a 25-yard TD pass to sophomore receiver Joel Salgado.

“We had some good things happen,” Tibbitt said. “We got a turnover early. Kind of the story of our season right now, we couldn’t capitalize on it. We had a decent little drive and then two sacks that backed us up and we couldn’t score.”

Tibbitt is still looking for his first victory as Green Forest’s head coach. But given all the circumstances, including multiple players missing time because of COVID-19 concerns, he said he’s proud of the Tigers’ effort.

“In the coaching world, the first year is normally pretty tough anyway but then you throw COVID on top of it and it adds a little more to it,” Tibbitt said. “But our kids have played really hard. I think they’ve bought in and I’m proud of where we are. We just need to find a win along the way.”

Green Forest (0-6, 0-3 4A-1) will host unbeaten Elkins (5-0, 2-0) on Friday in the Tigers’ homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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