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Eagle coach optimistic for tonight

Friday, September 7, 2012

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Senior Tyler Eddings and the Golden Eagle offense will attempt to strike quick and often in Shelbyville Central's matchup on the road at undefeated Wilson Central tonight at 7.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
How will Shelbyville Central bounce back after a disappointing overtime loss last week?

That's the biggest question when the Golden Eagles (2-1) face undefeated Wilson Central (3-0) in a non-district matchup tonight on the road at 7.

If how the team has practiced this week in any indication the Eagles seem to have put that loss behind them and is ready for the task at hand.

'Best week'

"I'll have to say that I think this has been the best week of practice we've had all year," Central coach Jason Hardy said.

"It's kind of sad that we had a smack in the face like we had last week this early in the season but if we can take that loss and learn from it, we might become a better football team."

Shelbyville racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense, moving the ball both on the ground and in the air.

"Offensively, we played well. We just made some mental mistakes and even though we scored a lot of points we left a lot of points on the field as well. Who knows, we take away those mistakes and we might could have put the game out of reach early," Hardy said. "We've still got to do a better job of finishing scoring opportunities."

Strong offense

Shelbyville has moved the football at will this season, averaging 395 yards per game of total offense.

Senior MTSU commitment Marquis Morton has 526 all-purpose yards, including 336 rushing yards on 49 carries.

Junior Brayden Ward is 26-of-45 for 455 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tyler Eddings is Shelbyville's leading receiver with seven catches for 145 yards, followed by Detrell Carpenter with six catches totaling 138 yards.

The Eagle defense has played hard and well at times but has allowed almost 800 yards on the ground in the first three games.

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Shelbyville Central freshman Odarius Davis is hard to bring down in a freshman game against Franklin County on Thursday.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Defensive task

Shelbyville's defense will be challenged as Wilson Central is averaging 33.3 points per game while allowing only 12.3 points an outing.

"They (Wilson Central) are a very good football team on both side of the ball. I have a number of good athletes like we do," Hardy said.

"They run the Wing-T on offense but it's a very balanced Wing-T. They have a good quarterback and a great receiver. On defense they run a 4-4 and are very aggressive with a number of tackles behind the line-of-scrimmage. They are very talented at linebacker and have a very good secondary."

As always turnovers and special teams could help determine the outcome of this game.

Shelbyville is plus five in turnovers and is averaging 126 yards a game of return yardage.


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