Cougars go scoreless against Shiloh Christian High School

Heart River started regional play with a loss and are still in search of their first touchdown of the season. 

Heart River suffers blowout in 38-0 defeat to Shiloh Christian High School.
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BELFIELD N.D. — Heart River’s schedule is full of tough competition early in the season and has been a trial by fire for their younger players.

The Cougars (0-1, 0-2) are gaining experience, but have gone scoreless for their second game in a row, against Shiloh Christian High School (1-0, 3-0). The final result was 38-0 and was played on Heart River’s home field.

The SkyHawks got started quickly with the first half being their most explosive with four touchdowns. Heart River had prepared for the Shiloh’s deadly aerial attacks, but it was not an easy task for their young safeties and cornerbacks. On the other side of the ball, sophomore quarterback Kaden Zacher and the offense made drives into enemy territory, but never got to the red zone.

“I thought our defense for the most part played well, yeah we gave up 38 points tonight, but those were big plays and other than that I thought we played really well up front,” Carter Maynard, Cougar’s head coach said. “We are still young in our defensive back positions and we knew if they started to throw the ball a lot we might have some problems… I thought we played well against the run tonight, just a few hiccups again and could have been a whole different ball game.”

It was a 14-0 game with under a minute left in the first quarter, both scoring play coming from rushes. The Cougars defense was set in a 3-5-3 in response to Shiloh’s passing. On offense, they fell into trouble losing early drives from an interception and a sack that led to a fourth down punt.


Kaden Zacher sacked in first half of the regional game against Shiloh Christian High School on Friday, Sept. 2.
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The SkyHawks scoring continued into the second quarter with another rushing touchdown, this time completed by their QB Joseph Desir. Desir was responsible for a lot of Shiloh’s offensive success and received proper recognition from Maynard.

Heart River held the possession for a good portion of the second quarter with a drive that kept alive through running plays by senior running backs Jayson Morel and Austin Buckman. Unfortunately, they would turnover off a fumble and the SkyHawks would score again.

The Cougars held possession before half time after Morel intercepted the ball, but would lose the ball from an inception themselves trying to make a play in the final second of the half.

Kaden Zacher makes a throw under pressure.
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“I think Kaden is taking another step forward from last week,” Maynard said. “He did a much better job, throwing the ball and handing the ball off. We just have to remind ourselves that he is still a sophomore and that he is coming along the way we want him to right now.”

Shiloh captured their final touchdown in the third quarter with 10 minutes remaining.

Buckman showed the hard nose player he can be, completing nearly 10 first down plays. He showed a lot of tenacity in Heart River’s last drive in the third quarter, where they pushed to the Sky Hawks 32-yard line.

Austin Buckman about to make contact as the hole in front of him is about to collapse.
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“If I had 10 of him [Buckman], we would be having a whole different conversation,” Maynard said. “Austin is a workhorse and he is the guy you want with the ball in hand, no matter if it's on offense or defense. If he has the ball, he is going to do something with it.”

In the final quarter, freshman cornerback Shane Stroh made his first inception of the season.


As the clock entered its final minute, Shiloh completed a field goal to round out their score.

Next week will be another hard day at the office as they will face Beulah, the current third in standing for 11B Region 4.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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