Football: Tigers hoping to get started

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

After two false starts to open the 2021 football season, the Green Forest Tigers are hoping for a clean kickoff on Friday night.

The Tigers were scheduled to open the season on Aug. 27 against West Fork, but that game was postponed to Sept. 17 because of COVID-19 issues at West Fork. Green Forest then was set to play at Pottsville last Friday, but that game was canceled after a Green Forest player tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 20 Tigers were placed in quarantine.

So, the Tigers will try again to get their season started, at home against Cedarville on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We get most of our kids off of quarantine on Tuesday,” Green Forest coach Greg Tibbitt said Monday. “We should get to cram everything on Tuesday to make it a Monday-Tuesday practice combined and then move on from there. Hopefully we can play Friday night.”

Although Green Forest played a full schedule in 2020, quarantines meant the Tigers never had their full roster available in Tibbitt’s first season. That made them especially eager to hit the field this fall, he said.

“We feel like we’ve had a pretty good summer and we’re trying to get on the field and show that we are a little different, we are a little more competitive,” Tibbitt said. “We just haven’t had the chance to do that.”

Cedarville, which opened the season with a 42-20 home win over Berryville on Aug. 27, also was sidelined by COVID-19 quarantines last week. Tibbitt said the Pirates are also expected to get most of their players back Tuesday.

“So we’re kind of in the same boat,” he said.

Cedarville is led by two-time all-state running back Darryl Kattich, a senior who ran for 194 yards and a touchdown in the win over Berryville.

While Green Forest’s game against West Fork was rescheduled, Tibbitt said the Pottsville game will be officially recorded as no contest.

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