Eagles take on Marshall County

Friday, August 24, 2018
Shelbyville Central’s Golden Eagles will take the field tonight in their home opener against Marshall County at 7.
T-G Photo by Gary Johnson

The Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles will play in their home opener tonight against Marshall County after claiming a 31-13 victory over Tullahoma on the road last week.

The Eagles (1-0) played well in all three phases of the game last week and they will need another stellar performance against tonight as Marshall County has become one of the more dominate programs in the mid-state.

Top-notch foe

“Other than maybe a few schools in the Murfreesboro area, year in and year out, Marshall County is one of the best football teams in the area,” Central coach Justin Palmer said.

“That’s what we are working hard to be. We want our program to be known as one of the top in this area as well, so I always look forward to playing teams like Marshall County.”

The Tigers have always been known to be very big and physical on the line, while featuring talented athletes at the skis positions.

“Marshall County is a very big and physical team and even though they lost a lot of talent from last year’s team, they still are very talented at the skill positions,” Palmer said.

“I thought we were more physical in our game last week than we’ve been in a while, so this will be a true test for us if we can match the physicality of Marshall County.”

QB change

Marshall County’s starting quarterback Bryce Wallace transferred back to Giles County for his senior year to join his brother Bo Wallace, former Giles County and University of Mississippi quarterback, who recently accepted the offensive coordinator position at Giles County.

The Tigers (0-1) fell to 6-AAA powerhouse Cane Ridge last week in overtime.

Marshall County only attempted 11 passes in that game as quarterback Malik Thomison was 7-of-11 for 147 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He also ran 10 times totaling 91 yards with a TD.

The Eagles racked up 471 yards of total offense in their opener passing for 258 while rushing for 213.

Senior quarterback Grayson Tramel connected on 19-of-28 passes with three touchdowns and one interception.

Junior running back Caleb Marsh rushed for 214 yard on 22 carries.

Keys to winning

“We need to be able to run the football against Marshall County and we need to be able to stop the run of defense,” Palmer said.

It’s been another challenging week for the Golden Eagle football program with the death of Rusty Reed, the voice of Shelbyville Central athletics for over two decades.

“What another tough and devastating loss to our Golden Eagle family. Rusty will be missed more that anyone could imagine,” Palmer said. “I told the team that a lot of you might not know him because he was always in the press box on the radio but I assured them that he knew a lot about them.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.