Shiloh Christian converts big plays to top junior Tigers

Friday, October 26, 2018

By Scott Loftis

Just a few plays made the difference in Green Forest’s junior high football game last week against Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

Unfortunately, those plays all turned in favor of Shiloh Christian, which beat Green Forest 26-6.

The Saints received the opening kickoff, then drove for a touchdown. Then they recovered an onside kick and scored again to take a 13-0 lead before Green Forest’s first offensive snap.

Another touchdown in the final minute of the first half extended Shiloh Christian’s lead to 20-0.

Green Forest started the second half with a long touchdown drive that consumed more than six minutes of the game clock. The score cut the Saints’ lead to 20-6.

Shiloh Christian’s final touchdown came on a third-and-17 pass that Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said was more like a jump ball in the end zone.

“The quarterback scrambled and just threw it up and their guy just outjumped us and caught it,” he said. “We couldn’t come back after that.”

Whetham pointed to the onside kick, the score late in the first half and the third-down touchdown as the deciding plays.

“Take those three plays away and it might be a different ballgame,” he said.

Green Forest will play at Pea Ridge on Thursday.

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