Eagle QB Tramel shatters state passing record
Shelbyville Central football fans won’t soon forget Friday night.
The Golden Eagles almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the state in a 47-37 loss to No. 2 ranked Summit in a Region 5-5A matchup on Friday.
It was a record-breaking night for nationally-ranked Shelbyville Central junior quarterback Grayson Tramel. His 602 passing yards is the all-time TSSAA single game passing record, surpassing the previous record of 597 passing yards set in 1994.
Shelbyville (3-4, 2-1) led deep into the fourth quarter but couldn’t find a way to hold off the talented Spartans (7-1, 5-0 region).
The game was televised on MyTV 30’s Friday Night Rivals across the midstate.
“What a great high school football game this was. Both teams played well and hard and it had to be a great and exciting game for those that were watching on TV. Congratulations to Summit for clinching the region title with the win,” Shelbyville Central coach Justin Palmer said.
“Despite the loss, I’m extremely proud of the way we played. We finally played like the team I thought we could be. We made some tough changes to this team two weeks ago and it looks like those changes are making a difference and we are headed in the right direction.”
Tramel completed 29-of-47 passes for 606 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for a TD.
“I’m glad I was able to break the record, and that is a huge accomplishment, but that wasn’t even going through my mind during the game,” Tramel said. “I didn’t even know anything about it until after the game and once I got home when I got some calls from people telling me about it.
“I guess individual records are fine but I’m more concerned with our team winning and continuing to get better so we can make the playoffs.”
Senior receiver Avery Brown turned in a fine performance as well, hauling in eight passes for 293 yards and a TD.
His 293 yards is the sixth-most single game receiving yards ever in Tennessee.
“Our offense turned in another fine performance in the passing game,” Palmer said. “Credit our offensive line, our receivers, our running backs for blocking. If not for them, Grayson’s passing numbers would not be what they are.”
Summit held a 20-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Junior kicker Dalton Corley connected on a 34-yard field goal for the Eagles.
Shelbyville outscored the Spartans 21-12 in the second quarter to cut the lead to 32-23 by halftime.
Jeremiah Wyatt and Tramel hooked up on a 83-yard touchdown connection, Cody Martin scored on a one yard run before Luke Davidson caught a 34 yard pass from Tramel.
The Eagle defense stepped up in the third quarter, holding Summit scoreless while Shelbyville’s passing game continued to be unstoppable.
Slayde Simmons connected with Wyatt on a fake punt on fourth down for a 14-yard pass to the Summit 36. The Eagles scored six plays later when Tramel capped off the impressive drive on a four-yard TD run to cut the deficit to 32-30 with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.
The defense set up Shelbyville’s next score after Simmons recovered a Spartan fumble at the Shelbyville 29 with 56 seconds to play in the quarter.
As the third quarter ended, Brown scored on a 72-yard pass from Tramel and with Corley’s kick, the Eagles took a 37-32 lead.
“We really battled back and played well in the third quarter on both side of the ball and to take the lead as the quarter ended was a huge moment,” Palmer said.
Summit steps up
Summit closed out the game in the fourth quarter with a pair of late touchdowns, one set up by a fumble recovery to end a drive by Shelbyville Central.
“We were just a play or two away at the end to get the victory,” Palmer said. “I’m proud of the whole team how we fought and played together as a team.”
Spartan senior running back Tai Carter rushed for 237 yards on 21 touches and scored three touchdowns while George Odimegwu added 163 yards on the ground on 18 carries with a TD.
Wyatt accounted 157 receiving yards on five catches while Davidson had seven for 83 yards.
Shelbyville Central still has a lot to play for over the final three weeks of the season.
If the Eagles win out, they will finish second in the region and host an opening round game in the TSSAA State Playoffs.
“We are on the right path and it’s time to stay on that path,” Palmer said.
Shelbyville hosts Columbia on Friday evening for homecoming.
|Shelbyville||3 20 14 0 - 37|
|Summit||20 12 0 15 - 47|
SM – Christian Jolley 14 run (Quinn Slaugenhoupt kick) 7:45
SC – Dalton Corley 34-yard field goal 5:08
SM – Tai Carter 42 run (kick blocked) 4:09
SM – Carter 17 run (Slaugenhoupt kick) 0:25
SC – Jeremiah Wyatt 83 pass from Grayson Tramel (Corley kick) 11:22
SM – Jatevion Hayes 99-yard kick return (run failed) 11:06
SC – Cody Martin 1 run (Corley kick) 9:59
SC – Luke Davidson 34 pass from Tramel (kick failed) 4:23
SM – George Odimegwu 15 run (pass failed) 3:48
SC – Tramel 4 run (Corley kick) 8:04
SC – Avery Brown 72 pass from Tramel (Corley kick) 0:00
SM – Carter 1 run (Carter run) 6:18
SM - Carter 2 run (Slaugenhoupt kick) 2:11
THE YARD STICK
|Passing Yards||616 31|
|Total Yards||655 485|
|First Downs||21 26|
|Return Yards||85 141|