Skyhawks secure playoff berth for 8th straight year

Article by, Mike Kuehn

The Shiloh Skyhawks defeated region rival Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 36-12 on Friday night.

The Skyhawks got the win but struggled offensively at times with 3 of their 5 starting lineman out of the lineup. The Shiloh defense, however, found a way to shut down the Nighthawks offense for a majority of the first half.

Junior receiver Cole Walth started off the scoring for Shiloh with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. This is the second game in a row Walth has returned a punt for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion came on a pass from junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel to senior wide receiver Mike Kuehn to make it 8-0.

Junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel takes snap against Hettinger defense (Photo courtesy of Tim MItzel)
Junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel takes snap against Hettinger defense (Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel)

On the first drive for the Shiloh offense senior running back, Canaan Fagerland ran in a 4-yard score and the drive was capped off by another pass from Mitzel to Kuehn for the 2-point conversion.

Early in the second quarter, Fagerland scored another touchdown, this time he did it by reeling in a 15-yard pass from Mitzel. Mitzel threw for another 2-point conversion, this time to junior running back Trey Brunelle making the score 24-0.

Mitzel would add another touchdown pass to Fagerland, which gave the Skyhawks a 30-0 lead.

Hettinger-Scranton put together their best drive of the game right before halftime. Senior quarterback Jeran Anderson and senior wide receiver Kyle Berwick connected for a 8-yard score right as the first half buzzer was sounding.

Shiloh opened the second half with a heavy emphasis on the run game. The Skyhawks capped the opening drive of the second half with a 3-yard score from Fagerland, his fourth touchdown of the game. The score gave the Skyhawks a 36-6 lead.

Berwick ran in a 25-yard score with 1:10 to go to in the fourth quarter. The score cut the lead to 36-12, but Shiloh would recover the onside kick to secure a playoff spot for the eighth straight year.

Shiloh moves to 6-0 overall (5-0 in the region) with the win, while Hettinger moves to 2-4 overall (1-4 in the region).

Shiloh Skyhawks 16 14 6 0 (36)
Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 0 6 0 6 (12)

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel 7/11 152yds 2TD, J Kolling 1/2 for 7 yds

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland 12 for 110 yds 2TD, C. Strand 5 for 23 yds, C. Walth 2 for 18 yds, T. Brunelle 1 for 12 yds, J.Mitzel 5 for 5 yds, J. Kolling 2 for 4 yds, I. Johnson 3 for 4 yds, B. Kuehn 1 for 0 yds

Receiving: SC; C. Fagerland 4 for 110yds 2TD, T. Brunelle 1 for 25 yds, S. Huntington 1 for 10 yds, C. Strand 1 for 7 yds, C. Walth 1 for 7 yds

 

Shiloh Skyhawks 16 14 6 0

Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 0 6 0 6

 

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel 7/11 152yds 2TD, J Kolling 1/2 for 7 yds

 

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland 12 for 110 yds 2TD, C. Strand 5 for 23 yds, C. Walth 2 for    18 yds, T. Brunelle 1 for 12 yds, J.Mitzel 5 for 5 yds, J. Kolling 2 for 4 yds, I. Johnson 3 for      4 yds, B. Kuehn 1 for 0 yds

 

Receiving: SC; C. Fagerland 4 for 110yds 2TD, T. Brunelle 1 for 25 yds, S. Huntington 1 for 10 yds, C. Strand 1 for 7 yds, C. Walth 1 for 7 yds

Shiloh soars on Homecoming night

Article by, Noah Wilder

The Shiloh Skyhawks homecoming game against the Beach Buccaneers was a blowout. The Shiloh Skyhawks played their 2018 Homecoming game last friday a night and won 58-6.

When the game began, it seemed like Beach could keep pace with the Skyhawks.The first touchdown of the game was by senior running back Canaan Fagerland with a 53 yard score. Junior quarterback Gage Swanson provided the tying score for the Buccaneers to make it a 6-6 tie.

However, when the second quarter arrived the game became a different story. Shiloh had a scoring frenzy that came from all 3 aspects of the game. The quarter started with a 2 yard touchdown run by Canaan Fagerland and was followed by a 2 point conversion by Trey Brunelle.

Canaan Fagerland (32) rushes against Beach defense
Canaan Fagerland (32) rushes against Beach defense. (Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel)

A 41-yard completion for a touchdown from junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel to junior wide receiver Trey Brunelle gave the Skyhawks a 20-6 lead. Senior wide receiver Mike Kuehn caught the 2 point conversion to make it 22-6.

Then came the Skyhawks special team play that seemed to close the door on the Buccaneers. Junior wide receiver Cole Walth returned a 54 yard punt to blow the game open, and junior tight end Josh Lardy caught the 2 point conversion to make the game 30-6. 

Jaden Mitzel (4) drops back for a pass against the Beach defense
Jaden Mitzel (4) drops back for a pass against the Beach defense. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Schaefbauer)

Shiloh forced a three and out and on the ensuing drive. Fagerland ran in a 36 yard touchdown for a score. Fagerland then laid the dagger with a 35 yard interception returned for a touchdown and Shiloh now sits at a 42-6 lead.  Brunelle added a 2 point conversion to make it 44-6.

The third quarter began for the Skyhawks with a solid drive capped off by an 11 yard touchdown run from senior fullback Carter Strand to make the game 50-6.

That was followed up by a fourth quarter rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Braiden Kuehn and a 2-point conversion by Isaac Johnson to end the game at 58-6.

Shiloh moves to 5-0 overall (4-0 in the region) and Beach moves to 1-4 overall (1-3 in the region).

Shiloh Skyhawks 6 38 12 8 (58)

Beach Buccaneers 6 0 0 0 (6)

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel – 3/5 for 66 yds, 1TD

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland – 8 for 131 yds, 3 TD, B. Kuehn – 2 for 54 yds, 1 TD, C. Strand – 6 for 37 yds, 1 TD, I. Johnson – 6 for 29 yds, J. Mitzel – 2 for 12 yds, T. Brunelle – 2 for 7 yds

Receiving: SC; T. Brunelle – 1 rec. for 41 yds, M. Kuehn – 1 rec. for 23 yds, C. Strand – 1 rec. for 2 yds

Skyhawks fly by Cougars

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.

Mike Kuehn (Shiloh Christian) vs. Central Mclean (Photo by Tim Mitzel)
Mike Kuehn (Shiloh Christian) vs. Central Mclean (Photo by Tim Mitzel)

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).