Article by, Mike Kuehn
The Shiloh Christian Skyhawks came into Friday night’s game with a perfect 3-0 record, but they would find themselves locked in a tough battle early on with the Central Mclean Cougars.
The Skyhawks battled all throughout the first half with a tough Central Mclean Cougars team and didn’t show much for a team that was ranked third in the state.
Shiloh ’s offense is known for its powerful run game, but it was their passing attack that got the momentum rolling for the Skyhawks. Junior quarterback, Jaden Mitzel, and senior wide-receiver Mike Kuehn connected for three first-half touchdowns to give Shiloh Christian a 38-18 lead at halftime.
Central Mclean looked to their passing game early and found success with a touchdown pass from quarterback Trapper Jacobs to Ty Snyder. Then the Cougars looked to their rushing attack. Central Mclean found a ton of success pounding the ball inside, scoring two rushing touchdowns but also failing on every two-point conversion.
With less than 2 minutes to go in the first half, the Skyhawk offense took the field, trying to score one last time before halftime and go up three scores. The offense pounded the ball towards the beginning of the drive but once they reached the red zone, they went back to Mitzel and the passing game. Mitzel found Trey Brunelle from 19 yards out and the Skyhawks went up 38-18 to end the first half.
The second half was a different story for Shiloh. The Skyhawks offense began to dominate the run game. The Skyhawks found success with their running attack, which was led by the offensive line who saw some issues with players coming in and out due to cramping.
Shiloh battled through adversity though and senior running back Canaan Fagerland led the offense with two touchdowns.
The rushing attack continued for the Skyhawks and was topped off by a long run from junior running back Cole Walth and a touchdown by sophomore running back Braiden Kuehn.
Shiloh moves to 4-0 overall (3-0 in the region) and the Cougars move to 2-2 overall (1-2 in the region).