Shiloh Christian junior quarterback Conner Reece is the week one Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Week after producing 448 total yards and four touchdowns in a season-opening win against Charleston on Sept. 1.
Reece completed 19 of 25 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 129 yards and another two scores as Shiloh scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to turn a tight game into a 77-49 rout of Charleston at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in the Hootens.com Kickoff Week game.
Reece threw touchdown passes of 45 and 34 yards in a back-and-forth first half, then broke touchdown runs of 68 and 14 yards as the Saints took control after halftime.
The Saints’ win snapped Charleston’s 29-game winning streak and avenged a 42-14 loss to Charleston in last year’s opener. Reece and Shiloh moved up from No. 7 to No. 4 in Maxpreps Class 4A rankings, while they jumped from an unranked position to No. 6 in the Democrat-Gazette.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Fuller Chandler, Springdale Har-Ber: The senior quarterback completed 19 of 33 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns to keep the Wildcats close in a 36-26 home loss to Missouri power Webb City.
Collin Christian, Rogers Heritage: The senior receiver caught 10 passes for 92 yards and four key touchdowns in the War Eagles’ 35-33 win at Olathe (Kan.) North. He caught touchdown passes of 10 and 18 yards in the second quarter, then hauled in scores of four and three yards in the third.
Jordan Green, Greenwood: The senior running back had 253 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in the Bulldogs’ 63-28 home win against Springdale. He did most of his damage in an electric first quarter, carrying six times for 187, including touchdown runs of 66, 43 and 69 yards.
Taylor Powell, Fayetteville: The junior quarterback completed 15 of 19 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns in just one half of action in top-ranked Fayetteville’s 58-6 home win over Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower. Signs leading up to the season pointed toward a special year for Powell. A sharp week one did nothing to change that.
Ryan Padilla, Greenwood: The senior receiver caught 10 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown in the Springdale win. Padilla did most of his damage on quick screens, either breaking tackles or making defenders miss in space.
Jackson Soulé, Gravette: The senior two-way standout had seven catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns on offense and recorded 15 tackles (five solo, 10 assisted) from his middle linebacker spot in a 34-27 loss at Pottsville.
Kyler Williams, Springdale: The junior receiver finished with nine catches for 153 yards, both career-highs, in the Bulldogs’ loss at Greenwood. No other receiver in the 7A-West produced as many yards as Williams in the first week.