GREEN FOREST — If the Pea Ridge football team has a background with Nancy Drew, then they will be ready for Green Forest tonight.
Green Forest will be a mystery until game time.
“I have several starters who are questionable for the game,” said Tiger coach Jay Martin. “We had several hurt during last week’s game and we had some injured in practice this week.”
Martin went on to say that it will be a game-time decision on several key players.
Green Forest dropped its season opener to Reeds Spring, Mo., last week, but the Tigers were very successful in sustaining drives. However, the team fell short on scoring on three separate occasions after driving the ball inside the 12. Two of those drives moved inside the 5.
Green Forest will be facing a very solid Blackhawk team.
“They have a good running back,” said Martin. “I think he was an All-State player last year. He is long and lanky, and he cuts back well.”
Martin is also impressed with the Blackhawk quarterback.
“He runs the option very well,” he said. “You think that you have him tackled and then he gets out of it and makes something positive for them.”
Last season, the Blackhawks recorded a win over Green Forest, 20-14, as the game was moved from Carroll County because of the facility updates at Tiger Stadium not being completed.
Green Forest knows what to expect from the Blackhawks on the line.
“Their offensive line is big,” said Martin. “They are returning several players there. They use some of them on the defensive side as well.
“Pea Ridge is a real sound team,” Martin continued. “Coach (Tony) Travis does a good job.”
Opening their season with a 49-7 win over 3A-1 foe Elkins, Pea Ridge looks to make it two wins in a row over the conference when it faces Green Forest. Martin doesn’t put a lot of stock in scores from games against mutual opponents.
“It is hard to judge where we are by comparing their game score to ours after the game,” said Martin. “It is early in the season and I don’t want to compare scores. We will line up a better team when we are in conference play because of our injuries.
“I think that our injuries will make us better in the long run,” said Martin. “We are getting a lot of kids some experience. That will make us deeper.”
Despite losing a player or two to injuries during the week, Martin felt that the team had a good week of workouts.
“Defensively, we had good practices,” he said. “They are moving well. They are reacting faster.
“Offensive line had a better week despite losing a player or two,” he said.
The Tigers will kickoff at 7 p.m.
Green Forest team members include: Mikey Saldana; Treyton Anderson; Eric Perez; Eduardo Ojeda; Anthony Tibbets; Cody Delozier; Armando Cenobio; Tyler Bailey; Mackenzie Aarciga; Devin Johnson; Kevin Jimenez; Kevin Smith; Dalton Ewing; Derek Doty; Ricardo Gutierrez; Mario Breck; Hector Lopez; Riley Walker; Hunter Ault; Qscar Siliezar; Daulton Coffey; Andrew Smith; Diego Camacho; Ian Faria; Frank Marr; Quinton Humbard; Matthew Perez; Rony Mendoza; Clayton Watson; Luis Mendoza; and Gustin Byers.