SPRINGDALE, Ark.--The Shiloh Christian Saints haven't lost to a in-state opponent since 2019.
Ashdown was Shiloh's latest victim on Friday night at Lindsey Field at Champions Stadium, with the Saints emerging victorious, 21-0.
The Panthers (9-3) end their season on a sour note but can take solace in the fact that Shiloh has a legitimate shot at repeating as Class 4A state champion.
Shiloh struck first when Eli Wisdom hit Cooper Hutchinson for a 11-yard touchdown with 4:31 left in the first quarter.
Two interceptions in the first half really broke Ashdown's back, and it was still 7-0 near halftime when Wisdom scampered in from 4 yards out.
Ashdown nearly returned the ensuing kick for a touchdown, but the Panthers were sacked on the final play of it to make it 14-0 at intermission.
Shiloh had 140 yards rushing at halftime to the Panthers' 9 yards. The Saints had 233 total yards with Ashdown only mustering 41.
A 99-yard scoring drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock put the game on ice for Shiloh in the third quarter.
Kaden Henley, an Arkansas Razorback commit, plunged in from a yard out to set the final margin.
Henley would later snag an interception in the final quarter to thwart the Panthers' best chance for a touchdown.
Shiloh advances to play Rivercrest next week, a 28-21 winner over Malvern.
(By Derek Oxford, Special to the Texarkana Gazette)