Shiloh Christian tops Bobcats

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Berryville sophomore running back Nick Utt takes a handoff from quarterback Chris Hipps during the Bobcats’ game against Shiloh Christian last Friday at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats will travel to Gentry this week.
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The Berryville Bobcats knew they faced an uphill challenge last Friday night against the Shiloh Christian Saints.

The Bobcats added to the degree of difficulty by committing multiple turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown, as Shiloh rolled to a 49-0 victory at Bobcat Stadium.

Shiloh, the defending Class 4A state champion, has won 14 consecutive games against in-state opponents, and it’s easy to see why.

“They’re just really, really good,” Berryville coach Bryan Hutson said. “They’re very talented. Their linemen are great. Their defense is top-notch. There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 1 in the state.”

Still, Hutson said Berryville didn’t help itself.

“I don’t think we played very well,” he said. “A lot of that has to do with Shiloh.”

Shiloh led 28-0 before a minute had elapsed in the second quarter, then made it 35-0 by halftime before tacking on two third-quarter touchdowns.

Berryville junior running back Tun Oo left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Hutson said Monday morning that he wasn’t sure about Oo’s availability for Friday’s game at Gentry.

The Pioneers (4-0) opened 4A-1 conference play with a 25-13 victory over Huntsville last week. Gentry won 48-42 at Berryville last season.

“They’re pretty good as well,” Hutson said. “They have a bunch of guys back from last year.”

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