Shiloh Christian air raid conquers Bobcats

Friday, October 4, 2019
Berryville junior quarterback J.D. Smith hands off to senior running back Brett Parsons on a counter play.
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By Scott Loftis

Berryville sophomore Jaeden Tanksley catches a pass for a 6-yard gain.
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Berryville coach Doug Shott knew his team was facing a big challenge last Friday as the Bobcats hosted Shiloh Christian.

The Saints won the game, 56-0, but that doesn’t mean Shott is disappointed in the Bobcats.

“Our kids fought hard,” Shott said. “Hats off to Shiloh, because they’re a really good football team.”

Shiloh’s high-powered passing attack was as good as advertised. Quarterback Eli Reece completed all 11 of his passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver Truitt Tollett caught six passes for 152 yards and two scores.

Tollett also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Shott said Berryville (2-2, 0-1 4A-1) made some mistakes that helped the Saints (4-0, 1-0).

“We did some things that helped them, when they didn’t need any help,” he said.

Berryville finished with 102 yards of total offense. Junior Dominic Henry ran for 31 yards on seven carries and junior quarterback J.D. Smith had 23 yards on six carries.

Shott said he emphasized the importance of competing on every play to the Bobcats, even against a superior opponent.

“Being a competitor is not like being a light switch,” he said. “You can’t turn it on and off. Either you’re a competitor or you’re not. The odds were heavily stacked against us, but for the most part, we felt like our kids played hard.”

Berryville will travel to Gentry on Friday. Kickoff time is 7 p.m.

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