Central football team dominates 7-on-7 scrimmages

Friday, July 13, 2018
Shelbyville Central won the Riverdale 7-on-7 on Thursday by defeating Marshall County 25-0 in the championship game. The Eagles went 9-0 in the tournament.
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With the start of the high school football season on the horizon, the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles are making the most of their summer workouts while turning some heads in recent 7-on-7 tournaments.

The Eagles have posted a 14-1 record this week, winning 14 games in a row after losing the first game. The Eagles competed in 7-on-7 passing competitions at Smyrna and Riverdale.

Shelbyville Central went 9-0 and won the championship on Thursday in the Riverdale 7-on-7 that featured 26 teams.

Shelbyville Central coach Justin Palmer (center) has two new coaches on staff this season. Coach Justin Burum (left) will coach the offensive line while Coach DJ Emerson (right) will be the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Making a splash

The Eagles were the top seed after pool play that included wins over Stewart’s Creek, Lebanon, Summit, Antioch and Blackman.

Shelbyville Central rolled to a 25-0 win over Marshall County in the championship after defeating Clarksville in the semifinals on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Grayson Tramel to a diving Malachi Burns on the last play of the game.

“We really didn’t look very good back on Tuesday night and lost our first game in Smyrna. After that loss, we talked about how we didn’t need to that happen again and I think that really woke us up,” Central coach Justin Palmer said. “We really played well in the Riverdale 7-on-7 on both sides of the ball. We had 14-or-15 interceptions and that was great to see as well as our offense clicking. No team there played with as much energy as we did and that really paid off.”

The majority of the team has made a commitment to participate in the summer workout program and that dedication and effort should pay dividends this fall.

“I’ve been very pleased with our turnouts this summer. It’s the best since I’ve been here and that’s something that we want to continue,” Palmer said. “The kids have been working hard.”

Staff changes

A pair of new coaches have joined the program in Justin Burum and DJ Emerson.

Burum will coach the offensive line and will teach special education. He has been an assistant coach at La Vergne and DeKalb County.

Emerson is a childhood friend of Coach Palmer and was an all-state receiver for Palmer when he was a quarterback in high school in Alabama.

He will be the assistant head coach and take over as the offensive coordinator. He will teach Physical Eduction.

“I pleased to have both these guys on staff and they will bring a lot of new ideas and be a great asset to our football program,” Palmer said.

TV stars

There was some more exciting news released this week concerning the Shelbyville Central football program.

The Golden Eagles will be featured for the fourth straight year on MyTV 30’s Friday Night Rivals.

Shelbyville Central’s September 21 matchup at home against Stewarts Creek will be televised.

“We are extremely excited about having the opportunity to play on television again this year. I think this will be the fourth time for us to be on TV and that is just a testament to where our program is at right how and what a great opportunity for our players.”

Host team

Shelbyville Central will host a 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday.

“We’re excited about hosting this 7-on-7. We’ve got 15 teams coming in, playing on seven fields and we are looking for a great event all day Saturday,” Palmer said. “I think this is something we can make grow even bigger and bigger in the years to come.”

As fall football practice nears, the Eagles have a number of scrimmages scheduled before opening the season on Thursday night, August 16 at Tullahoma.