The Shiloh Christian Saints came to Greenwood last Friday night determined to erase the huge defeats at the hands of the Bulldogs from the previous two years. They lost 55-0 in 2011 and 51-21 last year.
During the first half, it looked like they might achieve their goal. The Saints kept it close by answering Greenwood’s high powered offense with one of their own. It was a shootout that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
The Bulldogs got out to an early 13-0 lead with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jabe Burgess to Grant Morgan and a 9-yard Hoyt Smith run. Shiloh answered back with a TD and a field goal making it 13-10. Scores were traded until the final minute of the first half. With the Bulldogs up 20-17, Burgess threw two touchdown passes in 13 seconds, aided by Kyle Pierce’s interception of Saints quarterback Daniel Shimer. Shimer led an answering drive in the final 30 seconds to end the half 34-24.
Shimer’s combination of passing and running kept the Bulldog defense off balance during the entire first half. Burgess’ passing was near perfect in the first half with the eyes of University of Tulsa scouts on him. He had three touchdown passes in the first half, all over 20 yards. The two teams combined for 620 yards and 8 touchdowns in the first half.
The second half was a completely different ball game. In a fashion fans have come to expect, the defense made the appropriate adjustments and came out to dominate in the second half, holding Shiloh Christian to 37 yards of total offense.
"I thought we did a good job of making adjustments at halftime, shutting them out in the second half," Greenwood Head Coach Rick Jones said. "Our defensive coaches did a good job at the half, breaking down what we were doing right and what we were doing wrong. Obviously, it came out and it paid dividends."
Burgess led Greenwood to three consecutive third quarter scores. Taylor Hasley sparked the Bulldogs with a 45-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Greenwood used eight plays to take a 41-24 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jabe Burgess.
After forcing the Saints to punt, Greenwood went 60 yards in nine plays with Burgess again scoring on a 1-yard run for a 48-24 cushion with 4:41 left in the third quarter.
Hasley intercepted a pass just three plays and returned it 27 yards to the 17. Immediately, Burgess fired a 17-yard bullet to Kevin Jones for a 55-24 lead with 3:21 left.
While Greenwood’s offense was scoring on three straight series, the defense clamped down on the Saints. Shiloh Christian’s offense mustered just 21 plays for 19 yards on its first five possessions of the second half.
"It was a real interesting game, momentum-wise," Coach Jones said. "They made plays, and we made plays. We’ve had some great games. It’s been a great 10-year series with competitive games. I’m going to miss playing those guys."
The Bulldogs had several chances to break the 60-point mark in the fourth quarter, but had three drives end on turnovers. Burgess threw two interceptions and Kyler Watson fumbled the ball near the endzone.
"Our guys came out and competed real well especially the first half," Shiloh head coach Josh Floyd said. "They had a big play and scored two touchdowns right there. The big thing between our team last year and this year, is we went right back down there and scored and cut it to 10. I was real happy with the way we played the first half."
Burgess finished 25-of-31 for 335 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more. Jones had eight catches for 138 yards and Hasley had eight catches for 97 yards to go with 107 return yards. Smith finished with 77 yards rushing.
Greenwood had 549 total yards and 27 first downs.
"Jabe had a good game, and we moved the ball well," Jones said. "We have to more consistent. I’m disappointed in the three turnovers we had in the second half."
Shiloh Christian 24
Summary — The Bulldogs closed out a perfect nonconference slate and improved their winning streak to 41 consecutive games heading into 7A/6A-Central play.
Turning Point — Greenwood scored on three straight possessions to open the second half and shutout the Saints in the second half.
Stat — Greenwood needed just 18 plays and 125 yards to notch its three third-quarter touchdowns and held Shiloh Christian to just 37 second-half yards
High School Football
Greenwood 55, Shiloh Christian 24
Shiloh Christian 7 17 0 0 — 24
Greenwood 13 21 21 0 — 55
Gre — Morgan 21 pass from Burgess (Jones kick), 8:11.
Gre — Smith 9 run (kick failed), 5:02.
Shi — Shimer 21 run (Hale kick), 3:15.
Shi — FG Hale 34, 9:09.
Gre — Smith 1 run (Jones kick), 7:21.
Shi — Plunkett 5 pass from Shimer (Hale kick), 3:31.
Gre — Moore 25 pass from Burgess (Jones kick), 1:18.
Gre — Jones 44 pass from Burgess (Jones kick), 1:05.
Shi — Smith 25 pass from Shimer (Hale kick), 0:27.
Gre — Burgess 1 run (Jones kick), 9:28.
Gre — Burgess 1 run (Jones kick), 4:41.
Gre — Jones 17 pass from Burgess (Jones kick), 3:21.
First Downs 18 27
Rushes-Yards 30-87 48-200
Passing Yards 251 344
Comp-Att-Int 19-39-3 26-32-2
Punts 5-40.2 1-33
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 4-41 5-33
RUSHING — Shiloh Christian, Shimer 17-57, Cox 6-27, Smith 7-3. Greenwood, Smith 13-77, Green 11-61, Palmer 6-32, Watson 1-22, Calhoun 4-9, Hasley 1-3, Martin 3-(minus-2), Burgess 9-(minus-2).
PASSING — Shiloh Christian, Shimer 19-37-3 251. Sharp 0-2-0 0. Greenwood, Burgess Burgess 25-31-2 335, Wheeler 1-1-0 9.
RECEIVING — Shiloh Christian, Cox 6-84, Smith 6-77, K.Plunkett 4-42, Solomon 1-33, Lowe 1-8, J.Plunkett 1-7. Greenwood, Jones 8-138, Hasley 8-97, Padilla 5-36, Moore 1-25, Morgan 1-21, Bland 1-15, Cole 1-9, Collins 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — Greenwood, Jones 49 (wide right).
INTERCEPTIONS — Greenwood, Hasley 1, Rhea 1, Pierce 1. Shiloh Christian 2