5A-West Crown On the Line

The 5A-West has changed in recent history.

Gone is the traditional power Greenwood. Greenbrier had emerged as the new perennial power.

But two teams that are on their way out have a chance to claim the league crown in 2013.

Alma is moving to 6A next season while Shiloh Christian will drop down to 4A. The two meet Friday night with the top seed on the line.

“Shiloh is a very dangerous team,” Alma coach Doug Loughridge said. “They are very well coached. One of the most tradition rich programs in the state. Their kids know how to win. They believe they can win. Do a great job offensively. Their defense runs to the football well.”

“Alma has a great defense,” Shiloh Christian coach Josh Floyd said. “They haven`t been giving up many points. They`ve got some really, really good football players. Coach Loughridge has done a heck of a job down there in his first year.”

The Saints and Airedales were expected to be in this position when the season began but the two teams had just three combined wins in the first month of the season. Alma has since won six straight. Shiloh Christian has reeled off five straight wins.

“It means a lot to the seniors and we’d like to get this conference championship because it is something Shiloh has never done in the 5A and it`s our last chance,” Shiloh Christian senior Alan King said.

“We all have that hope to play for that and I believed we can do it,” Alma senior Brooks Langdon said. “The ball is rolling in our direction right now and we`re running with it.”