Eagles hope for new beginning against Pioneers
After a disappointing start to the season dropping two straight games, Shelbyville Central’s Golden Eagles return to action at home tonight against Warren County.
The Eagles (0-2) are coming off a bye week and it was a much needed break for the team to regroup and work on things that they struggled with in the first two games.
“We used the break to regroup, refocus and make some changes that will get this team back on track and headed in the direction that this team is capable of heading, to as well as play to our ability,’ Central coach Justin Palmer said. “It’s been a very productive two weeks and this break have been very beneficial for us.”
After loses to Tullahoma and Marshall County, the coaching staff feels like it was more of what the Eagles didn’t do rather that was the other teams did.
“We have a word of the week each week and this past week that word was “Us”. At practice last week, all we worried about was taking care of us,” Palmer said. “We focused on the things that we need to do in order to be successful. This week we put in the game plan for Warren County. I know that we have not played like the team that we can be because we’ve made some mistakes that hurt ourselves. I think everyone will see a different team on the field.”
Warren County (2-1) claimed wins over DeKalb County and White County with a loss to Cookeville so far this season.
“Warren County is a much improved team when compared to the last time I saw then in 2014.” Palmer said, “Warren County is a 6A team that plays in a tough region. They have a really good quarterback, they’ve got some big guys on defense and some talented players in the secondary.
For the Eagles, it’s all about the run.
Shelbyville Central needs to run the ball better on offense and stop the run on defense.
“Everything for us on both sides of the ball will improved if we play better up front.” Palmer said.
The Eagles’ passing game has been very impressive as junior quarterback Grayson Tramel is one of the leading passers in the country connecting on 52-of-94 passes totaling 909 yards with seven touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
As far as rushing the football, Shelbyville Central has only gained 105 yards on 45 carries for an average of 2.3 yards a touch.
“We’re going to get better up front and we’re going to run the ball better,” Palmer said. “I look for us to be more productive in the run game against Warren County.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 tonight.