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CLASS 4A: SUPER 6 Saints receive, deliver message

by Mickey Doyle | November 1, 2008 at 1:32 a.m.

SPRINGDALE - Shiloh Christian Coach Josh Floyd guarded against a letdown this week by reminding his players they still have things to play for in the regular season.

The Saints took heed of the message Friday.

Shiloh Christian was never challenged by Huntsville, scoring on its first six possessions to beat the Eagles 42-7 at Field of Champions.

Shiloh Christian built a 35-0 lead 16 minutes into the game. Only an interception at the Huntsville 10 with 26 seconds left kept the Saints (8-1, 6-0 4A-1) from playing a perfect first half on offense.

Quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and David Matthews were a combined 13 of 20 passing for 238 yards and 6 touchdowns in leading Shiloh Christian to a 42-7 halftime lead.

The victory assured Class 4A's top-ranked team the No. 1 seed from the 4A-1 and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Huntsville (1-8, 1-5) suffered an early turnover, and had no defensive answer for the Saints' quick-strike ability.

Frazier had a 26-yard pass to Zann Jones before throwing 7 yards to Chris Bryant for a 7-0 lead 1:37 into the game.

Daniel Petrino recovered a Dakota Whorton fumble at the Huntsville 22. Two plays later, Frazier and Bryant connected for a 6-yard touchdown.

Matthews directed the Saints' next series, endng it with a 20-yard pass to Jon Hawes as the Saints took a 21-0 lead with 4:28 left in the first quarter.

Garrett Harper caught a 29-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the quarter.

The Saints' starting offense played only the first half, gaining 366 of the team's 438 yards. Matthews was 6 of 10 for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Frazier was 7 of 10 for 109 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jones caught three passes for 100 yards.

NO. 2 NASHVILLE 41, MALVERN 23

NASHVILLE - Nashville trailed at halftime for the first time this season, but the Scrappers (9-0, 6-0 7-4A) dominated the second half and clinched their third consecutive conference championship with the come-from-behind victory over Malvern (4-5, 4-2).

Malvern led 23-14 at halftime before Nashville outscored the visitors 27-0 in the second half.

Running back Derrick Graham led the Scrappers with 144 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Graham scored on runs of 11, 2, 1 and 42 yards. He has scored a state-leading 29 touchdowns this season.

Scrappers quarterback Pierre Vaughn also passed 21 yards to Daniel Aylett for a touchdown. and Dylan Webb returned a punt 72 yards for another score. Vaughn added 121 yards rushing.

NO. 3 LONOKE 41, STUTTGART 22

STUTTGART - Brandon Smith ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another score to lead Lonoke past previously unbeaten Stuttgart to clinch the 2-4A championship and a No. 1 playoff seed.

The Jackrabbits (8-1, 6-0) jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead behind senior quarterback Rollins Elam, who threw touchdown passes of 63 yards to Clarence Harris and 14 yards to Joel Harris.

Smith added a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown, and sophomore Darius Scott returned an interception 85 yards for another score. Smith then ran for two touchdowns in the second half.

Stuttgart (8-1, 5-1) was outgained 146 yards to 110 in the first half.

NO. 4 PINE BLUFF DOLLARWAY 34, LAKE VILLAGE 24

PINE BLUFF - Senior running back Michael Willingham ran for three touchdowns to lead Pine Bluff Dollarway past Lake Village in an 8-4A game.

The Cardinals (6-3, 6-0) clinched a share of the 8-4A title and a No. 1 playoff seed with the victory.

Willingham ran for touchdowns of 15, 6 and 9 yards. Senior safety Jesse Grandy returned an interception 82 yards for another touchdown.

Vedric Wilson scored Dollarway's final touchdown on a 22-yard pass reception in the fourth quarter.

NO. 5 WARREN 42, HAMBURG 0

WARREN - James Phillips threw two touchdown passes to Quinn Franklin as Warren (7-2, 5-1) topped Hamburg (2-7, 1-5 8-4A).

Dedrick Hampton added a 77-yard return of an interception for Warren, which led 42-0 at halftime.

NO. 6 OSCEOLA 44, HIGHLAND 7

HARDY - Clarence Jones threw three touchdown passes as Osceola (8-1, 6-0 3-4A) cruised past Highland (0-9, 0-6).

Jones connected with Gary Radler from 22 yards out, Richard Jones from 15 yards, and Dandrick Radler from 54 yards. Dandrick Radler also had a 78-yard run for a touchdown.

Highland took its first lead of the season when Blake Martin scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Sports, Pages 32 on 11/01/2008

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