Tigers headed to football playoffs, 1st game at home

Monday, November 8, 2004

The Green Forest Tiger football team has been right on track this season, riding a potent running game to a 9-0 record so far.

There's one big regular season game left, with Berryville on Friday night, then the Tigers will enjoy a home game for the first round of the Class AAA State Football playoffs.

Green Forest is definitely the 1AAA Conference champion this year, their first since 1999, and No. 1 seed for the first round of the playoffs. Who will they face, for that first game and any beyond that?

The 1AAA conference will have four teams, and they will face the top four teams from the 2AAA league the first round. This Friday night the Yellville-Summit Panthers will play the Mountain View Yellowjackets to settle the No. 4 seed in 2AAA, and that winner is who Green Forest will play.

If the Tigers win that first game, they would play at home again and face the winner of the Dardanelle-Fountain Lake game. According to local sources, two rounds into the playoffs is as far as the Tigers have ever advanced, so new ground is waiting to be broken.

If they get one more win, to the semifinals, set for Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, a possible opponent that could have fought through their part of the bracket would be the Nashville Scrappers, the No. 1 team from 7 AAA.

Wishful thinking? Not really. The Tigers have been consistent, poised, and very physical all season. Other reasons to pick the Tigers to enjoy the playoffs:

  • Ranked 12th in Class AAA by Hooten's high school football, and No. 7 on Fearlessfriday.com's web site.

  • 9-0 isn't an accident, and includes wins over 1AAA's No. 2 Shiloh Christian, 6-3 and ranked 15th, and Prairie Grove, No. 3 in 1AAA, also 6-3 and ranked 26th.

  • 1st round opponent- either Yellville-Summit, 5-4 and ranked 40th, or Mountain View, 5-4 and ranked 30th.

  • The Tigers don't have to play anyone from the 4AAA conference in the first round, where Booneville is 9-0, Ozark 7-1-1, Farmington 6-3, and Elkins 5-3-1.

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