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The Eagles (3-5) enter the game after losing five of their last six games with any chance of making the TSSAA playoffs slipping away game-by-game.
"We're still mathematically alive to make the playoffs but we've got to win our last two games and have some help along the way. We just need and win and we need it badly," Central coach Jason Hardy said.
"Practice has been good this week and it's been all about our seniors. This game is senior night as we want to do all we can to make this as a successful night as we can for them," Hardy said.
It's been the second half of the game where the Eagles have struggled.
Shelbyville has scored 151 points in the first half compared to 67 in the second
On the other side of the football the Eagles have allowed 91 points in the first half and 151 after halftime.
Along the way, Shelbyville's offense has accumulated 1,551 yards of total offense in the first half and only 961 in the second.
Injuries and depth issues have contributed to those numbers.
"At the start of the season I felt like we had a lot more depth that we've had in the past but season-ending injuries, along with other injuries have really made a difference this season, especially on our offensive and defensive lines," Hardy said.
"I hate to even mention that because I'm not using it as an excuse but unfortunately it's a reality."
To make matters even worse, standout Marquis Morton suffered a shoulder injury in the first half last week and the Eagle's leading tackler Jonathan Davis was out with an ankle injury.
"Marquis suffered a shoulder sprain and should be good to go. Plus we hope to get back our leading tackler Jonathan Davis who missed last week due to an ankle injury," Hardy said. "We've had approximately eight season-ending injuries and that's hard to overcome."
The Cougars are a quality football team that excels on both side of the football, averaging 29 points per game while allowing 25.4. They claimed a 35-7 victory over the Eagles last year.
"Centennial is a very talented football with a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball. They had a very successful season last year and return a lot of players from that team" Hardy said. "We're going to have to play perfect in every aspect of the game."