Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway came away from Tuesday’s controlled scrimmages pleased with his team’s performance, especially on offense
The Saints hosted both Class 6A Russellville and Class 7A Springdale High on Tuesday at Champions Stadium. The scrimmages consisted of two 10-minute quarters. The Saints lost 14-7 to Russellville in the opening segment, and 21-14 to Springdale in the section session.
Junior Broc Berus, a transfer from Oklahoma whose father, Chris, is the new defensive coordinator at Shiloh, was impressive for the Saints. Berus split time in the backfield with returning junior John Marcus Carruthers. Berus scored all three Saints touchdowns in the two sessions, including a 74-yard run against Russellville.
“Man, he’s explosive,” said Conaway of Berus. “He’s a big, physical back. He has some speed, so when he gets in the open, he’s fun to watch. He plays mad.”
Berus finished the night with 11 carries for 124 yards, and had two catches for 23 yards.
Junior receiver Tyler Roth, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, had a solid scrimmage with 3 catches for 66 yards. He also drew several pass interference penalties.
Junior quarterback Connor Reece was 10-of-20 for 124 yards and one interception in the two sessions.
The Saints will begin focusing on their season opener next Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. against defending Class 3A state champion Charleston in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game is the second of a doubleheader as part of the Hootens.com Kickoff Classic. In the opener, Fort Smith Southside will take on Alma at 6 p.m.