Saints over­run Lions to take con­fer­ence win

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­

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.

West­side Eagle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

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.

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