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Defensive stand gives Shelbyville win over Lincoln Co.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Senior Tunde Onakoya makes a nice run in the Eagles win over Lincoln County on Friday night.
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FAYVETTEVILLE -- After a season full of injuries and adversity, Shelbyville Central found a way to end on a high note.

With TSSAA playoff aspirations long gone and playing for nothing more than pride, the Golden Eagles claimed a 19-15 win on the road at Lincoln County in a District 8-AAA matchup on Friday night.

"It's just a great feeling right now and I'm just so proud for this team. For all the trails and tribulations we've gone through, it's nice too see something positive happen at the end," Central coach Jason Hardy said.

"We played as a team in this game more than we have all season and it showed in the end result. We were very thin tonight and we had young guys as well as older guys that took on new roles for this game and made plays all over the field.

Early start

Shelbyville (4-6, 2-3 8-AAA) took the opening possession of the game and scored on a 4-yard run by Marquis Lyons. Andrew Thompson's kick put the Eagles up 7-0.

The Falcons responded with a 1-yard run by Kevin Galloway but Eagle senior Jacob Ware blocked the extra-point leaving the score 7-6.

The lone points scored in the second quarter was a 33 yard field goal off the foot of Thompson as Shelbyville posted a 10-6 advantage at the half.

Shelbyville increased its' lead in the third quarter, scoring nine unanswered points when Thompson connected on a 25 yard field goal followed by a Dallas Castleman three yard run with the points after no good to give the Eagles a 19-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Entering the game Shelbyville had been outscored 108 to 24 in the fourth quarter and taking a lead into the final 12 minutes of this game proved to be beneficial.

"As we started the fourth quarter, I can't lie, there was a lot of flashbacks of how we've played in the fourth but I had a feeling that our kids were going to do what ever they had to do to win this game," Hardy said.

"I felt like we had this us and I just had to put those negative thoughts out of my mind and stick with the positives and they came through for us."

Shelbyville Central senior Jacob Ware grabs a pass to keep a drive alive for the Eagles.
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Defensive stand

The Falcons outscored the Eagles 9-0 in the fourth but the Eagle defense rose the occasion and made a stop late in the game to help secure the victory.

On fourth down, Ware deflected a Lincoln County pass in the end zone give the ball back to the Eagles deep in their on territory with just over two minutes left to play.

With no time outs left, the Falcons couldn't stop the clock and Shelbyville decided to take a safety on fourth down with just 0:12 left on the clock.

"With our punter Marquis (Morton) not dressed out with a shoulder injury, coach (Kerry) Thompson came up to me and said lets think about taking a safety and run a few more seconds left on the clock. We were up six points and they were going to need a touchdown to win anyway so we sent freshman quarterback Mason Cunningham back into the game and he ran around in the end zone to eat up a few more seconds and he executed it perfect."

Shelbyville then kicked off to Lincoln County and the Falcons only had time for completed pass in which they fumbled as the game came to an end.

Finding a way

"We found a way to win and it's great to take this momentum into the off season. We've got to build off this physical game we played tonight," Hardy said. "That was the message I preached all week, we just got to match other people's toughness."

Marquis Lyons led the Eagles on the ground with 45 yards on 13 carries while Tyler Eddings gained 28 yards on three attempts.

The quarterback platoon of Cunningham and Bryaden Wared combined for 171 yards in the air. Cunningham was 5-of-11 for 89 yards while Ward connected on 6-of-8 totaling 82 yards.

"This was a great way to send our seniors off," Hardy said. "They are a great group of young men and like I've always said they will be always be a Golden Eagle."

Shelbyville Central 7 3 9 0 -- 19

Lincoln County 6 0 0 9 -- 15

First Quarter

SC -- Marquis Lyons 4 run (Andrew Thompson kick) 7:47.

LC -- Kevin Galloway 1 run (kick blocked) 5:23.

Second Quarter

SC -- Thompson 33 yard field goal 11:11.

Third Quarter

SC -- Thompson 25 yard field goal 4:35.

SC -- Dallas Castleman 3 run (run failed) 3:25.

Fourth Quarter

LC -- Galloway 28 run (Stephen Miller kick) 7:51.

LC -- Safety 0:12.

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