Black­hawks end reg­u­lar sea­son

Set­tle for sec­ond

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS - JOHN MCGEE Specal to The TIMES

The Black­hawks had their seven game win­ning streak come to an end with a reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale loss to Shiloh 49-13.

“We played a re­ally good team tonight,” coach Stephen Neal said, “and while we are a good team as well, we could have played bet­ter.”

Turnovers and mis­cues played a large role in the ’Hawks’ loss, though the state’s sec­ond-ranked 4A team from Spring­dale played ex­tremely well in their lop­sided vic­tory.

Shiloh took the open­ing kick­off, then drove 76 yards in eight plays, pass­ing on all but the last two plays. Shiloh’s Jaret Russ ran for 5, then 11 yards to break into the end zone with 10:04 show­ing in the first quar­ter. Pa­trick Williams then booted the first of seven PATs for a 7-0 lead.

The quick score al­lowed by the ’Hawks was com­pounded by a fum­ble on the ’Hawks’ first play, re­sult­ing in a 6-yard loss to the Pea Ridge 26. Car­son Rhine ran twice for 12 yards, but it wasn’t quite enough to make up for the loss so the ’Hawks’ punt team was called in. A bad snap flew over the punter’s head, giv­ing the ball to Shiloh on the ’Hawk 11. Two more runs by Russ and Shiloh had an­other score, to quickly take con­trol of the game 14-0.

The roof came near to just fall­ing in when the ’Hawks fum­bled the kick­off giv­ing the ball right back to Shiloh on the visi­tors’ 49-yard line. Rhine bailed the ’Hawks out of trou­ble when Shiloh de­cided to try for a quick score with a deep pass. The vet­eran se­nior safety in­ter­cepted the pass to get the ball back, this time on the Pea Ridge 9-yard line.

The first play re­sulted in a penalty on the ’Hawks, but Rhine saved the day again, bolt­ing for 15 yards to gain a first down on the ’Hawk 19. Two rushes net­ted 0 yards and a great deep pass from Rhine to Justin Koon was on the mark but bat­ted away by good de­fense from Shiloh, thereby forc­ing a punt.

Shiloh took the punt at their own 49, then moved down the field in eight plays to score their third touch­down. It was again Russ scor­ing, though this time he took a 15-yard pass from Eli Reece to hit pay­dirt. With 3:29 left in the pe­riod, Williams con­verted the kick for a 21-0 lead.

The ’Hawks got great field po­si­tion to start their next pos­ses­sion, be­gin­ning on the Shiloh

41. Tris­ten Brewer ran twice for 7 yards with Rhine rush­ing for 1 to bring up a fourth and 2 from the

33. Elect­ing to go for it, Sa­muel Beard con­verted, bash­ing his way for­ward for 4 yards and a first down in the Shiloh 29. Brewer then bull­dozed his way for 4 yards with Rhine nearly break­ing loose com­pletely, pick­ing up 11 yards to the Shiloh 14. Brewer rushed for 2 yards twice, then burst through the line for 10 yards and the ’Hawks’ first score with 11:18 left in the half. Luis Reyes kicked the point after to close the gap to 21-7.

The ’Hawks fired up de­fense fi­nally forced a Shiloh punt, mostly through a heads up de­fen­sive play by Brewer that re­sulted in his bring­ing down a Shiloh re­ceiver 5 yards be­hind the line of scrimmage. An en­su­ing punt set the ball up on the ’Hawk 48.

Beard and Rhine picked up some yardage, but a third down play was blown up by the Shiloh de­fense, re­sult­ing in a mas­sive 11-yard loss. Shiloh then took the re­sult­ing punt to their own 29yard line. Shiloh’s Jaiden Henry then took off on first down and ran down the east side­lines for a 71-yard touch­down run to put the ’Hawks into a deep hole. Williams’ kick put the guests ahead 28-0 with 9 min­utes to go in the half.

The ’Hawks re­grouped and an­swered, set­ting off on a 10play scor­ing drive to nar­row the deficit. Rhine broke loose on first down to dash 16 yards and a first down on the ’Hawk 47. A 7-yard run by Brewer was met by an out-of-bounds hit by a Shiloh de­fender, giv­ing the ’Hawks an ad­di­tional 15 yards and a first down on the Shiloh 32.

Brewer then ran for 7 yards and when Rhine rushed twice for short gains, the ’Hawks had an­other first down on the Shiloh 21. Rhine rushed for 3 on first down, and Brewer fol­lowed with runs of 4 and 10 for a first down on the 4-yard line. Rhine then dashed the re­main­der of the way on sec­ond down for the ’Hawks’ sec­ond score. The kick was off, leav­ing the score at 28-13 with 4:06 left in the half.

The ’Hawks’ de­fense came alive again, throw­ing the Shiloh backs for losses on two con­sec­u­tive plays. Brewer and Gan­non Con­rad dropped the quar­ter­back for a 4-yard loss on first down, with Adam Tram­mel and Con­rad, drop­ping the tail­back for a 1-yard loss on sec­ond down. Two plays later, the visi­tors punted giv­ing the ball back to Pea Ridge on the ’Hawk 32.

After a short gain by Beard, Rhine flipped a 14-yard pass to Trevor Blair that got the ’Hawks to near mid­field at the ’Hawk

47. More bad luck rained on the ’Hawks when the next pass was in­ter­cepted on the Shiloh 46, giv­ing the guests one more shot at scor­ing be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

Brewer hoped to de­rail the drive, sack­ing the quar­ter­back for a 6-yard loss on first down. Though hav­ing less than a minute to work with, it took just two passes to get Shiloh to the ’Hawk

29. The ’Hawks pre­vented the first two passes from the 29 on good pass de­fense, but the third Reece try got through to Russ

who ran it into the end zone with just 15 sec­onds left in the half.

The ’Hawks got the ball to start the sec­ond half. A first down rush by Rhine to start the pos­ses­sion was met by a guest who grabbed his face­mask, with the added yardage giv­ing Pea Ridge a first down on the ’Hawk 40. Two short runs could not get the ’Hawks rolling but a third down 10-yard scam­per by Beard got the ’Hawks into Shiloh ter­ri­tory at the 49. Brewer ran twice for 8 yards and the ’Hawks de­cided to go for it on fourth and 2 from the 41. A bad snap blew up the play and the guests took over on the Shiloh 49.

A flurry of passes was ended with a 7-yard run by Russ into the end zone. Williams kick with 6:11 left in the third quar­ter made it a 42-13 game. The en­su­ing kick­off left the ’Hawks on their own 8 yard line.

Beard got some yardage on sec­ond and third downs which was added to when Shiloh com­mit­ted their third per­sonal foul against the ’Hawks. Though they drove a lit­tle far­ther on runs by Brewer, Rhine and Beard, it was not enough to stave off a punt, but a good boom­ing 39-yard punt by Reyes pushed the guests back to their own 30.

The visi­tors were keen to score their sev­enth touch­down so their starters were rein­serted and went on a 13-play scor­ing drive. The fi­nal score came on a 7-yard rush by Russ. With 9:15 left in the game, the guests set the fi­nal score at 49-13.

Rhine and Brewer led the rush­ing for the ’Hawks with 69 and 68 yards, re­spec­tively. Beard chipped in with 35 yards, leav­ing him 1 yard shy of hav­ing a 1,000 yard sea­son.

Brewer led the way de­fen­sively with 12 tack­les to lead the team. Jake Adams was sec­ond with 8, with Rhine record­ing 7, Reyes 7, Justin Koon 6 and Gavin War­den 6.

This Fri­day the ’Hawks will play what will prob­a­bly be their fi­nal game at home. West He­lena Cen­tral will be mak­ing their first trip to north­west Arkansas; they are cur­rently the 11th ranked team in the state.

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

TIMES pho­to­graphs by An­nette Beard

Black­hawk se­nior Car­son Rhine (No. 10) flew over a po­ten­tial tack­ler dur­ing Fri­day night’s game against Shiloh in Black­hawk Sta­dium. Rhine led the rush­ing for the ’Hawks with 69 yards and recorded seven tack­les.

Black­hawk ju­nior Jake Adams downed the Shiloh Saints’ ball car­rier push­ing him out of bounds as an­other de­fender leaped over him. Adams was sec­ond in number of tack­les with eight Fri­day.

TIMES pho­to­graphs by An­nette Beard

Quar­ter­back Car­son Rhine ran through a hole cre­ated by Black­hawk of­fen­sive line­men Fri­day.

Black­hawk se­nior Tristin Brewer (No. 25) recorded the first Black­hawk touch­down Fri­day night. Brewer had 68 rush­ing yards and led the way de­fen­sively with 12 tack­les in the last con­fer­ence home game.

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