Football: Freeman Maintains Positive Outlook

Posted: November 12, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

FILE PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Kyle Freeman of Shiloh Christian, left, carries the ball as Jacoby Hicks of Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian reaches to make the tackle during the first half of play Sept. 19 at Champions Stadium in Springdale. Freeman has battled through a rash of injuries, but suffered a knee injury last week that could mean the end to his season.

SPRINGDALE -- Kyle Freeman is no stranger to adversity.

Class 4A Playoffs

Jonesboro Westside at Shiloh Christian

Champions Stadium

• Kickoff: 7 p.m.

• Records: Westside 5-5; Shiloh Christian 7-3

• On The Air:

• Between The Lines: Both teams come into the game off blowout losses. Westside was blanked 41-0 by Pocahontas last week, and Shiloh Christian was rolled by Pea Ridge 32-6. The previous week Westside lost to Gosnell 34-7. … Shiloh Christian has struggled with key injuries this season, losing two more players in last week’s game. Senior WR Adler Goode (collar bone) is out for the rest of the season. Senior RB Kyle Freeman (knee) is a game-time decision. … Shiloh QB Connor Reece leads the offense. Reece, a sophomore, is 124-of-225 for 1,861 yards and 19 TDs. … If Freeman is out, the rushing load will shift to sophomore John-Marcus Carruthers, who has rushed for 486 yards on 76 carries (6.4 yards per carry) and 4 TDs rushing. … Shiloh senior WR Matthew Solomon has 39 catches for 587 yards (15.1 yards per catch) and 10 TDs.

• Players To Watch: Westside — QB Kenny McFadden (So., 5-10, 155), RB Thomas Craft (Sr., 5-8, 175), LB Jacob Meeks (So., 5-10, 181). Shiloh Christian — LB Austin Connolly (Sr., 6-0, 2-5), S Doug Burke (Sr., 6-0, 180), WR Brennan Fulgham (So., 5-9, 170), LB Lakin Hall (Jr., 6-1, 195).

• Hooten’s Rankings: Westside is No. 31 in Class 4A. Shiloh Christian is No. 15.

• Hooten’s Line: Shiloh Christian by 24.

• Our Take: Shiloh Christian 42, Westside 14.

— CHIP SOUZA @nwaChip

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