Shiloh's Cameron Stewart (18)
SNELLVILLE -- A stifling second-half defensive effort and two long pass plays from Shiloh quarterback Devante James to Cameron Stewart propelled the Generals to their second straight win, a 16-7 victory over Redan Friday in the Generals' home opener.
With the game tied at 7-7 at halftime, Shiloh turned away every Redan scoring drive in the second half, forcing two punts, blocking a field goal attempt and stopping the Raiders on a fourth-and-1 near midfield. Shiloh countered with a 40-yard field goal by Blake Morgan and a 2-yard TD run by Deshon Taylor, following a 33-yard pass from James to Stewart, to seal the victory.
"We've got to play well on defense to win, and tonight we did bend, but didn't break," said Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs. "We didn't sustain drives on offense, which we need to do, but the James to Stewart combination is really helping us out."
Outplayed by Redan for much of the first half, Shiloh turned momentum in its favor midway through the second quarter with a nifty reverse on a punt return. After Trevon Jones fielded the punt at the Shiloh 20, he handed off to Paul Martin who scooted down the right sideline for 48 yards to the Redan 32.
On the first play from scrimmage, James threw the first of two game-changing passes to Stewart, this one a 32-yarder for a TD and the game was knotted at 7. The TD helped Shiloh overcome four critical mistakes, including two James' interceptions, a lost fumble and roughing the punter penalty. Redan could only capitalize on the penalty, driving 42 yards in four plays early in the second quarter with quarterback Noah Thomas scoring on a 1-yard run.
But Shiloh controlled the second half action. After Fred Mooring blocked a Redan field goal attempt midway through the third period, the Generals' drove from their 39 to the Redan 23, the key play a 23-yard James to Grant Swinton pass. The drive stalled there, but Morgan's line drive field goal gave Shiloh a 10-7 lead.
Redan was forced to punt on its next possession, and Shiloh responded with a 63-yard TD that included James' 33-yard bomb to Stewart.
James completed 4 of 13 passes for 94 yards for 1 TD, though he also had three interceptions. Jones led all Shiloh ball carriers with 46 yards on 8 carries.