Saints overrun Lions to take conference win
SPRINGDALE — Another beautiful Friday night yielded perfect football weather in Northwest Arkansas as the Gravette Lions varsity football team made its final road trip of 2018 on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Lions traveled to Springdale to face the Shiloh Christian Saints at Champion Stadium. By the end of the 48-minute contest, the Lions were handed yet another loss, this time by five touchdowns.
The Saints came into this contest tied with Pea Ridge for the top spot in the 4A Region 1 Conference, while Gravette is tied with Berryville for the number six spot.
Gravette, coming off a big win against Green Forest Oct. 19 at Lions Stadium, was hoping to achieve its second win. But as the contest began, the hope of a second victory soon faded away.
The Lion defense managed to fend off three Saints possessions in the first four minutes of the opening quarter. On the fourth possession, Truitt Tollett found the end zone for Shiloh’s first touchdown of the night. The point after by Pat Williams gave the Saints a 7-0 lead. The second touchdown by Tollett, coupled with one by Blake Thomson and two point-afters by Williams, gave the Saints a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Shortly after the start of the second quarter, Shiloh found the end zone for its fourth touchdown of the night. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty negated the TD. The Saints failed to score on the remaining downs. Touchdowns by Jaiden Henry, Max Graves and Thomson, plus three point-afters by Williams, who went 6 for 6 on extra points, gave Shiloh Christian a 42 point lead at halftime.
The defenses prevented any further touchdowns until the final three minutes of the game when a 40 yard run by Tajae White moved the ball to the three-yard line. Two plays later White crossed the goal line for the Lions’ first and only touchdown of the game. The point after by Rob Barrios split the uprights, making the score 42-7 and robbing the Saints of a shutout.
Gravette was on the move when time ran out, giving the Shiloh Christian Saints their sixth conference win of the season, 42-7 over the Gravette Lions.
The Lions return to Lion Stadium for their final game of the 2018 season. It will be senior night and 16 players will suit up for their final home game, winding up their high school career. Senior night festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with the game against the Gentry Pioneers set to start at 7 p.m.
Keegan Addison (Gravette 36) protects quarterback Tajae White (12) from the oncoming Saints’ defense during the third quarter of the Shiloh Christian-Gravette conference football game at Champion Stadium in Springdale Oct. 26.