Tigers searching for offensive consistency

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
A swarm of Gentry defenders takes down Green Forest senior running back Barrett Phillips (7) in last Friday’s game. Phillips ran for 63 yards on 21 carries.
Robert Cox / Carroll County News

Greg Tibbitt’s plan is to build a solid football program at Green Forest. Along the way, some growing pains can be expected.

Such was the case last Friday night as the Tigers competed with unbeaten Gentry for four full quarters but still wound up on the losing end of a 14-0 final score.

“We did everything but win,” Tibbitt said Monday. “We just couldn’t get in the end zone. We were down 6-0 and drove all the way down to the 3-yard line and couldn’t get it in. And we had another opportunity later and just couldn’t score.”

Green Forest (1-4, 0-3 4A-1) has struggled to score all season, averaging 6.4 points a game. Tibbitt said a lack of consistent execution has plagued the Tigers’ offense.

“We’re just kind of struggling,” he said. “We’ll do a few things and do something good and then when we come back to it, it doesn’t look the same.”

Defensively, however, Green Forest has been solid for most of the season. The Tigers have held three of their first five opponents to 16 points or fewer. Against Gentry, Green Forest gave up just one touchdown through the first three quarters.

“The defense is playing really well,” Tibbitt said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get points on the board.”

The next step in the Tigers’ development is learning how to win close games, Tibbitt said.

“We’re at that point in our program where we’re not getting blown out anymore,” he said. “We’re just losing the close ones now. We’ve just got to find a way to finish and win those games now.”

Next up for Green Forest is yet another undefeated conference opponent as the Tigers travel to Elkins on Friday. The Elks are 5-0 and are averaging more than 41 points a game.

“Another undefeated team and good athletes,” Tibbitt said. “Another really good football team.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Elkins.

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