Upon further review of the final statistics, Shiloh Christian beat Little Rock Christian in most phases of the game and Saints senior Connor Reece was a beast.
Reece, a third-year starter, accounted for 490 of his team’s 628 total yards. He completed 26 of 45 passes for 343 yards and 4 touchdowns while rushing 24 times for 147 yards. It was his passing and running ability that moved the Saints (2-0) into range for sophomore Patrick Williams’ 25-yard winning field goal.
The teams combined for 1,104 yards and 86 points, with 83 of those points coming in the first 28 minutes. Shiloh Christian ran 91 plays and averaged 6.2 yards per snap while Little Rock Christian averaged 5.9 yards on its 80 plays from scrimmage.
Do-everything senior Broc Berus bulled — and hurdled, again — his way to 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries. Berus and Reece helped the Saints dominate the ground game as they out-gained the Warriors 285-68 rushing. A large part of the credit for that goes to the Saints’ defense, which limited shifty running Ladarius Burnes to 45 yards on 17 carries.
Brennan Fulgham had a whale of a game as Reece hooked up with the senior speedster for his first and fourth touchdown passes of the game. Both touchdowns looked like coach Jeff Conaway had drawn up the same play as Fulgham blew by the secondary for touchdown hauls of 50 and 58 yards, respectively. He finished with a team-high 7 receptions for 153 yards.
Blake Thomson has continued to perform well while filling in for an injured Tyler Roth. Thomas fought trough an injury himself to finish with 7 catches for 66 yards. Jake Nelson made an impact his his first game back from injury, grabbing 5 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Andrew Osborne smothered and recovered Little Rock Christian’s onside kick attempt to start the game. The next play, Reece hit Fulgham in stride for a 50-yard touchdown to give the Saints a 7-0 lead. Osborne’s heroics continued throughout as he led the Saints with 12 tackles, including one for loss and a forced fumble that was recovered by Clark Moore.
Micah Button had 10 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups. Berus had nine takles, including one for loss and a pass breakup. Ben Moore, Cole Tutt and Claeb Carr each had eight tackles. Ben Moore had a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure while Tutt added a tackle for loss.
Here’s a look at the complete stats: