Wildcats fall to Shiloh Christian in home opener

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Trumann's Jay Morgan jumps over a Shiloh Christian defender to gain a first down for the Wildcats in high school football action this past Friday at RMC Stadium. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Trumann (0-2) didn't get the result they wanted this past Friday as they opened RMC Stadium against Shiloh Christian. The Wildcats hung tough the first half and only trailed 14-7 at the half. The Saints scored three times in the third quarter and held the Wildcats scoreless in the second half to take a 35-7 win.

Shiloh Christian got the ball first and wasted little time using four plays to reach the end zone. The point-after was good for a 7-0 Saints lead. Jay Morgan returned the ensuing kick-off out to the Wildcats' 44-yard line for Trumann's first possession. Three plays resulted in minus four yards as Trumann punted the ball away with 8:41 left. Shiloh Christian was forced to punt on their next series only to try a fake punt the Jonah Haynie staying home and tackling the punter at the Saints' 48-yard line for a turnover on downs by the Saints. Trumann punted the ball back to Shiloh Christian with 3:17 left in the opening quarter. Milton Lewis came up big for Trumann as he intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 3:07 left. Will White added the extra-point to make the score 7-7. The Saints were called for a block in the back on the kick-off return and then a holding on first down moving the ball back to their own six-yard line with 2:49 left. Shiloh Christian hit a 36 yard pass on third and sixteen to move the ball to their 42-yard line. The Saints moved the ball to the Wildcats' six-yard line as the quarter ended with the game tied at 7-7.

Facing fourth and six at the Trumann six-yard line to start the second quarter, Shiloh lined eight guys up on the far left side of field with three guys, center, quarterback and running back lined up on the far right side. The Saints had a player drop a pass in the end zone turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats. Trumann got a break on their next possession as Shiloh Christian was called for holding prior to the ball being punted giving the Wildcats a first down on their own 20-yard line with 9:36. Trumann had to punt the ball away just over three minutes later. The Saints got a good punt return to the Wildcats' 30-yard line before scoring on the first play with a touchdown pass after faking a reverse. The point-after was good to make it 14-7 Shiloh Christian. The teams traded punts before Trumann got a big pass from White to MJ Barnes down to the Saints' 23-yard line with 49 seconds left. The Wildcats couldn't capitalize as the clock would expire during the drive to end the first half with Shiloh Christian up 14-7.

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