BV finds positives in loss to Saints

Friday, September 29, 2017
Berryville's Byran McIntosh keeps pace with Shiloh Christian wide receiver Truitt Tollett in Friday evening's game.
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It was by no means a win on the scoreboard, but coach Doug Shott said Friday's 35-0 home loss to Shiloh Christian was a small step in the right direction for the Berryville Bobcats.

"I felt like we played a controlled and disciplined football game," Shott said. "The average person that just saw the score would just think it was a blowout, but we give them two pretty cheap scores, one on a blown assignment. Other than that, I thought we played them pretty tough."

Berryville received the ball at its own 28 to start the game and got two first downs. Luke Britt threw a 14-yard pass to Charlie Archer and Britt ran for 30 yards. The Bobcats ultimately turned the ball over on downs. As a result, the Saints went on an eight-play, 57-yard drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Micah Button.

After a Berryville turnover, Wyatt Poe intercepted a Shiloh Christian pass at the Bobcat 23. Berryville was unable to take advantage. Shiloh Christian took possession of the ball to begin the second quarter and Landon Brown threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Truitt Tolett with 10:47 left in the second quarter to give the Saints a 14-0 lead. After the Bobcats took over at their own 14, Tristan Updegraff ran for a first down, but Berryville was again forced to punt.

"Offensively, we moved the ball well at times, but it seemed like we would do some things that would shoot ourselves in the foot once we got close to the goal line," Shott said. "A couple two or three times we got down to around the 20 or so and we would have a couple of bad plays, but I was proud of our kids. I thought they played hard. It might have been the first time all year we have played a complete game."

A 40-yard touchdown pass to Blake Thompson gave Shiloh Christian a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter and a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jake Nelson with two minutes to left in the first half gave the Saints a 28-0 lead going into halftime.

"We aren't happy with the scoreboard," Shott said. "I hate to lose, but at the same time I felt like it was an outstanding team effort."

Thompson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to open up the third quarter, giving the Saints a 35-0 lead and putting the sportsmanship rule into effect. The Bobcats proceeded to go on a 15-play drive in which they converted two fourth downs. Berryville ultimately turned the ball over on downs on the second play of the fourth quarter.

After the loss to Shiloh Christian, Shott said it's important for the Bobcats to turn their attention to Gentry on Friday.

"We feel like Gentry has the best quarterback in the conference in (Jon) Faulkenberry," Shott said. "We are going to have to move him as much as we can and play fundamental football."

Brett Parsons finished the game with 38 yards rushing, while Charlie Archer and Updegraff each had 29.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Gentry.

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