The last time Siloam Springs won a playoff football game was 2008. With last weekend’s 26-21 win at Searcy, Siloam is only one of three teams to advance to the second round in the state’s biggest and best conference. For that, they are the McDonald’s Team of the Week.
“It was awesome,” said senior receiver Chandler Gregory. “We lost to them by one point last year and should have won. Going back and beating them this year was awesome.”
Moving to the 7A-West last season, Siloam Springs was a doormat as a 6A school. This season, they actually hung with teams who were much bigger than them.
“The leadership of our seniors has shown we can take our team better as we go through the years,” said senior tackle Blaine Crouse.
“The kids continue to work and believe in what we are doing and not down and despondent over the tough schedule,” said head coach Bryan Ross.
Siloam won its first-ever conference game, beating Van Buren, and they should have beat both Har-Ber and Springdale, losing in the final seconds.
“It’s just to know we can compete with the best,” said senior defensive tackle J.C. Everett. “Har-Ber is a great football team. Springdale is the same way, underrated. To know that we fought until the end and almost beat them is a real good feeling for us.”
This weekend its on the road again against a very beatable Pine Bluff team that has lost three games. This is not the same Siloam Springs. But after the first playoff win in five years, they won’t get a big head.
“We’re 0-0,” said Everett. “We’re starting over on our record. We have to win. If we don’t win, the season is over.”