VILONIA — Shiloh Christian senior quarterback Daniel Shimer had 451 total yards and seven total touchdowns to lead the Saints to a 55-20 win over the Vilonia Eagles on Friday night at Phillip Weaver Stadium.
Shimer completed nine of 17 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries.
“He’s a good ballplayer,” Vilonia coach Jim Stanley said. “(Shiloh Christian is) good.”
The Eagles (1-4, 1-1 5A West) fought to stay with the Saints (2-2-1, 1-1 5A West) in the first half, using a 67-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter and an interception to go into halftime trailing 27-14.
“That was huge, that series was huge,” Stanley said. “We just didn’t execute (in the third quarter).”
Behind the legs of Shimer, and a faltering Eagles offense, the Saints outscored Vilonia 21-6 in the third quarter to build a 48-20 lead.
Shimer scored on runs of 66, 30 and 25 in the third quarter.
“They made the plays, and we didn’t block,” Stanley said. “We didn’t block, and couldn’t run the ball.”
Vilonia senior Drew Estes provided the only Eagles score of the second half on a 2-yard run with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter. Estes was a standout performer on both sides of the ball, finishing with 36 yards on seven rushes, 48 yards on two catches, and providing two interceptions.
“(Estes) has a big night every Friday,” Stanley said.
Saints junior Chandler Smith scored the final touchdown of the night on a 22-yard run with 11:02 remaining.
Shiloh Christian began the night with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Shimer to Reed Lowe on its second play from scrimmage. After the teams traded interceptions, the Saints extended their lead to 13-0 on a 14-yard pass from Shimer to Smith.
Sophomore Shane Steward gave Vilonia its first score of the night on a spectacular, 41-yard run on the final play of the first quarter.
Behind two second quarter scores from Shimer — a 3-yard run and a 54-yard pass to Lowe — the Saints led 27-7 with 2:14 remaining in the first half.
Chase Marshall, who limped off the field twice Friday night, scored from 2 yards out to cut the Saints’ halftime lead to 27-14.
“Chase is trying so hard,” Stanley said. “He can’t even practice, because he’s got to be in ice, but he’s trying. He gives it all he’s got.”
Stanley said he was proud of the team’s effort, but admitted it was tough for an Eagles team that has seen multiple devastating injuries to seniors.
“In all my 25 years of coaching, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Stanley said. “We started the year with 19 seniors and are down to four.”
Stanley admitted the team’s performance against Shiloh Christian was nowhere near that of last Friday when the Eagles defeated Harrison, 32-29.
“I don’t understand, I guess that’s my fault, but we’ve just got to work, try to rebound and get better,” he said.
The Eagles will host Clarksville (2-3, 1-1 5A West) on Oct. 11 for homecoming.
“We’ve just got to start over,” Stanley said. “Just try to find things the kids could be successful at and work harder.”
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