Previewing Pea Ridge at Shiloh Christian.
Champions Stadium, Springdale
RECORDS Pea Ridge 7-2, 4-2 4A-1 Conference. Shiloh Christian 6-2, 5-1.
BETWEEN THE LINES A lot riding on the outcome of this one as it pertains to the upcoming playoffs. Shiloh Christian could finish as the No. 2 seed in the 4A-1 with a win, which means a home game next week. A Saints loss could send them all the way to a No. 4 seed depending on the outcome of other games. Pea Ridge could vault to the No. 2 seed with a win and help from other teams. … The Blackhawks lean on stellar RB Zane Holley (182-1,267, 21 TDs) in a ground-oriented attack. … Pea Ridge has rotated quarterbacks Cole Wright and Jakota Sainsbury. … Bradley Beavers leads the Blackhawks’ defense with 120 tackles. … Saints QB Connor Reece leads a balanced offense, completing 96 of 158 passes for 1,686 yards and 17 TDs with just 5 interceptions. … The Saints have spread the workload among several backs with Broc Berus (59-458, 10 TDs) leading the way. … Jake Nelson (32-521) and Tyler Roth (23-488) have been Reece’s top targets. … Linebackers Lakin Hall (51 tackles, 4.0 TFL) and Jacob Plunkett (4.0 TFL) have been defensive standouts for the Saints.
PLAYERS TO WATCH Pea Ridge — RB Zane Holley (Jr., 5-7, 163), LB Bradley Beavers (Sr., 6-1, 200), OL Brent Ferguson (Sr., 6-6, 260). Shiloh Christian — RB John Marcus Carruthers (Jr., 5-9, 165), LB Lorenzo Lopez (Jr., 5-8, 200), DB Adam Treece (Sr., 6-0, 145), WR/DB Tion Walker (Jr., 5-9, 155).
HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Pea Ridge is No. 20 in Class 4A. Shiloh Christian is No. 14.
HOOTEN’S LINE Shiloh Christian by 3.
OUR TAKE Shiloh Christian 28, Pea Ridge 21.