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Shelbyville Central's Golden Eagles are just looking for a win. Anyway, anyhow and anybody.
After starting the season with a pair of blowout victories, the Eagles (2-4, 0-2 8-AAA) have dropped four straight games and they're becoming desperate when it comes to playoff talk.
Shelbyville will attempt to return to the win column tonight on the road at Lawrence County in a District 8-AAA match up at 7.
"This game is a big game for us in a number of ways. You always want to find something positive going into the bye week and if we want a shot to make the playoffs we need to be winning games," Central coach Jason Hardy said. "Anytime you're struggling, a win sure helps. We dug ourselves a little hole over the past few weeks now we've got to find away to dig ourselves out."
One of the problems over the few games is the Eagle offense finding the end zone.
Shelbyville's offense hasn't scored in over six quarters.
"We've been struggling a little on offense as of late and a lot of that is because we've had so many injuries to our offensive line. We've lost a couple of players for the season with an injury and have several more linemen out this week," Hardy said. "The fact that we're making too many mental mistakes, not finishing drives and costly turnovers have hurt our offense as well. All this is fixable and hopefully we've put all that behind us.
The Shelbyville-Lawrence County rivalry goes back a long way and has been spirited over the past few years.
"Anytime Shelbyville and Lawrence County square off in any sport you can bet it going to be a competitive game," Hardy said. "We know they're going to be physical and try to run the ball down our throat and I can assure you that they're going to try to keeps the football out of our hands."
If the Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 8-AAA) hold an edge in size, the Eagles have a large advantage in team speed.
Lawrence County runs the Wing-T on offense, scoring an average of 15.2 points per game and lines up in a 4-4 defense, allowing 30 points per game.
Look for the Eagles to load the box in an attempt to stop the run on defense while spreading the field on offense to utilize their speed and get some favorable match ups in the open field.
"Whoever makes the least mistakes in this game will have the best chance to come out with a victory," Hardy said. "I can assure you that they're looking for a district win as much as we are."