Greenwood, Shiloh Christian Football is rich in football tradition

By: LoydMartin

Greenwood won the state championship Dec. 5. Saturday will be Shiloh Christian Football’s chance.

The sports department has been making a joke about the changes at Greenwood since Rick Jones, former coach, left to assist Eli Drinkwitz at Missouri as a senior analyst. The answer was always the exact same.

After being promoted to offensive coordinator and head coach of the Bulldogs, Chris Young led Greenwood to a record of 14-0. Greenwood won its 10th state championship beating Lake Hamilton 49-24 at War Memorial Stadium. Greenwood won its first title under Ronnie Peacock, in 2000. Eight of these championships were held under Jones. Greenwood added another piece to the trophy case twenty years later.

For sure, a Shiloh Christian Football town.

Ask Jabe Burgess if you want to hear it. Burgess was a Greenwood quarterback and is now a country music singer/songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. I can hum the rest and know a few words about Football Town.

  • It’s more than a game.
  • It’s almost a way to life
  • We live as if we were playing
  • You won’t go down without fighting
  • Everyone knows that we are going for fourth down

A football town

Shiloh Christian Football, another powerhouse, is located in the same football town as Springdale Har-Ber or Springdale High. After winning seven state championships in 1998 and 2010, the Saints are back on the rise.

Shiloh Christian (13-0) will be back in Little Rock to take on Rivercrest (13-0). Rivercrest, which defeated Warren 55-35, advanced to the Class 4A finals. Rivercrest’s offense is led by Kam Turner, a senior quarterback who ran for 127 yards. He also returned a kickoff 65 yard for a touchdown against Warren.

Prairie Grove, a league member of Shiloh Christian Football, can answer questions about Turner. Turner accounted for four touchdowns and ran for a touchdown of 70 yards in a playoff victory over the Tigers.

Shiloh Christian Football has everything it takes to win its first state championship since 2010, including defense, offense, and special teams. Kaden Henley, who blocked Stuttgart’s initial two punts, played a key role in Friday’s 56-7 win over Stuttgart.

Shiloh Christian Football has an exciting quarterback in Eli Wisdom, a sophomore running back who often runs long. Shiloh Christian’s difference this year is its strong defense, which has not allowed more than two points in six of its last six games. This is a remarkable achievement for the Saints after they lost 56-28 last December to Joe T. Robinson at War Memorial Stadium in Class 4A.