(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Trailing 28-23 with 5:09 left to play and just one time out left, Franklin County (3-0, 1-0 8-AAA) recovered an onsides kick, which led to a go-ahead touchdown.
Shelbyville (2-1, 0-1 8-AAA) responded with 25-yard field goal off the foot of senior Andrew Thompson in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime.
The Eagles scored on their first play of overtime off a 10-yard run by Tyler Eddding with Thompson's extra-point good.
Franklin County took over on offense and threw an incomplete pass on first down, was held to a two-yard gain on second down but the Eagles were charged with an off-side penalty giving the Rebels second and goal from the five-yard line instead of third and goal from the eight. On the next play Koleton Nunley rushed around the left end and scored. He also carried for the two-point conversion to give Franklin County it's first win over the Eagles in five years.
"We had our chances and had the game in control. There were just a number of little things that happened and they proved to be the difference in winning and losing," Central coach Jason Hardy said. "I give Franklin County a lot of credit, they are a very good football team and they battled until the end."
It was a game dominated by offense as the teams combined for 840 yards.
Shelbyville, more balanced, rushing for 230 with 203 in the air while Franklin County rushed for 382 with only 25 passing.
"They didn't do anything we didn't think they would do and I don't think we did anything they wasn't expecting. We just made a number of mental mistakes and left too many points on the field and you can't do that against a quality team and expect to win."
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
"Both teams really did a good job of running their offense," Hardy said. "I don't know if the offenses were that good or the defenses were that bad. I guess it was a combination of both."
Layton Wells led the Rebels with 14 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Blackwell rushed for 70 yards on six carries while Nunley added 57 yards on 16 carries with a three TD's. Martin Hill scored on a 35 yard run while Tyler Rhoton booted a 36-yard field goal.
Shelbyville quarterback Brayden Ward connected on 12-of-21 passes for 203 yards and a pair of TD's, one each to Detrell Carpenrter and Tyler Eddings, who also rushed for a TD. Senior Marquis Morton rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. Dallas Castleman added 68 yards on 10 carries.
The Eagles return to action Friday night at Wilson Central in a tough matchup at 7.
Shelbyville 0 21 0 10 7 -- 38
Franklin Co. 3 6 0 22 8 -- 39
FC -- Tyler Rhoton 36-yard field goal, 3:44.
SC -- Detrell Carpenter 6 pass from Brayden Ward, (Andrew Thompson kick), 11:55.
FC -- Koleton Nunley 5 run, (Rhoton kick blocked), 7:50.
SC -- Tyler Eddings 44 pass from Ward, (Thompson kick), 5:28.
SC -- Marquis Morton 12 run (Thompson kick), 0:45.
FC -- Layton Wells 34 run, (Rhoton kick), 10:35.
SC -- Morton 3 run, (Thompson kick), 6:16.
FC -- Martin Hill 35 run, (Rhoton kick), 5:09.
FC -- Nunley 5 run, (Hill pass from Caleb Limbaugh), 2:29.
SC -- Thompson 25-yard field goal, 0:34.
SC -- Eddings 6 run, (Thompson kick).
FC -- Nunley 5 run, (Nunley run).