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Shelbyville Central will look to play a complete game when they face non-district foe La Vergne for homecoming tonight at Eagle Stadium.
Homecoming festivities start at 6:30 with kickoff scheduled for 7.
"Our main focus all week has been to prepare for this football game and our guys have done that everyday at practice. Homecoming is a special time and I want our players to enjoy all the festivities during the week as well. I feel like that's an important part of being a student athlete," Central coach Jason Hardy said.
"We know that homecoming is the only game of the year that a lot of people come to so we want to make sure we play well."
After starting the season with a pair of wins, Shelbyville has dropped the last three games, mainly because of poor play in the second half.
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In the first five games, the Eagles have scored 123 points in the first half and only 46 in the second.
The Eagles have accumulated 1,073 yards of total offense in the first half compared to 606 in the second.
"For whatever reason we just aren't finishing games strong and we've got to do a better job of that the second half of the season," Hardy said.
Shelbyville has been outscored 60-16 in the fourth quarter.
La Vergne's offense is averaging 10.8 points a game, but the Wolverines have played some quality teams in the first half of the season.
They have a pair of good senior running backs in Daryl James and Willie Cowan.
James has 82 carries for 432 yards while Cowan has 44 touches for 222 yards.
"La Vergne is a very, very coached well-team with a lot of talent of both sides of the football," Hardy said. "Their two running backs may be the best we've faced this season and we've gone up against some very good running backs."
The Eagle coaching staff made a few changes on defense to help contain the run last week and the change were noticeable with a number of stops behind the line of scrimmage and more aggressive play.
"We did a better job of stopping the run last week and we continued to work of that aspect of the game this week," Hardy said. "Hopefully we'll make even more stops this week."