Although it was a scrimmage and the final tally wasn’t kept on the scoreboard, Springdale defeated Shiloh Christian 20-7 during the varisty portion of a benefit game at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium on Tuesday.
The two teams from the same town but different conferences — the Saints play in the 4A-1 while the Bulldogs are in the 7A-West — ran 85 hurry-up, no-huddle plays during the two quarters both varsity squads were on the field.
Unofficially, Springdale junior quarterback Layne Hutchins was 11 of 15 passing for 143 yards. He hit senior speedster Kyler Williams with four passes for 99 yards, including a touchdown. Senior tailback Erick Mendez rushed for a touchdown and finished with 10 carries for 51 yards.
“We played well, especially for the first rattle out of the cage,” said Springdale coach Zac Clark. “I was pleased with everything, but I told them at halftime that we’ve got to finish drives when we’re down in the red zone.”
Those two red zone stops by Shiloh Christian forced Springdale into kicking a pair of short field goals.
For the Saints’ offense, senior quarterback Connor Reece was 15 of 29 for 144 yards and threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Jake Nelson. Senior running back Broc Berus also caught two passes for 69 yards while sophomore Blake Thomson, filling in for injured senior Tyler Roth, had seven receptions for 59 yards.
“We were sloppy,” said Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway. “We had some inaccurate throws and we had some drops tonight — I counted five — and if we could have capitalized on some of those inaccurate throws and drops, and I think if we do complete half of those, we would have had a much better opportunity to hang with them.”
MORE TO COME
Be sure to check out ARPreps.com on Wednesday as NWADG reporters Scottie Bordelon and Mike Capshaw will provide much more in-depth analysis of the scrimmage.