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Eagles’ defense delivers, offense comes up just short

Shelbyville Central’s defense turned in an outstanding performance in a matchup where points were a minimum. 
A couple of missed scoring opportunities early proved costly as the Golden Eagles dropped a 14-12 decision to talented Hendersonville in a non-district clash on Friday night at the Eagles Nest.
The Commandos (5-2) entered the game scoring an average of 30.8 points a game, featuring a very good run attack.
Shelbyville Central’s defense only gave up one touchdown, with Hendersonville’s other score coming off a pick-six.
“Our defense really played well against a very good team that can run the football,” defensive coordinator Jud Dryden said. “Their only touchdown against our defense was aided by a three penalties that we had.”
The Commandos offense got on the board when Torin Baker rushed 16 yards at the 1:40 mark of the first quarter.
Shelbyville Central responded with a nice pass play from Kade Cunningham to Gavin Donegan, covering 38 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 7-6 early in the second quarter.
The Eagle defense made a huge play and forced a fumble that was scooped up by sophomore Logan McBee and returned 53 yards to the end zone for a touchdown for the 12-7 advantage at the intermission.
The lone score in the second half was a pass interception by Ellis Ellis that was returned 65 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. 
“It would have been nice to have been able to punch one of those early scoring opportunities in and it might have been a completely different game,” Dryden said. “Our guys fought tonight and we thought we had a good week of practice.”
Cunningham connected on 10-of-22 passes for 142 yards and added 37 yards on the ground to lead the Eagles.
Donegan had a pair of catches for 75 yards
The Eagles (2-5) travels to Warren County for a region matchup on Friday night at 7.


Hendersonville               7     0   7   0 — 14
Shelbyville Central         0   12   0   0 12


First Quarter 
H – Torin Baker 16 run (kick), 1:40.
Second Quarter 
SC – Gavin Donegan 38 pass from Kade Cunningham (kick blocked), 10:35.
SC – Logan McBee 53 fumble recovery (kick blocked), 0:08.
Third Quarter 
H – Ellis Ellis 65 interception (kick), 4:47.
                                                 H            SC
Rushing Yards                        140          76
Passing Yards                         37            142
Total Yards                             177          218
First Downs                             9              10                           
Penalties-Yards                       13-109     7-73
Turnovers                                3              1                     
Returns-Yards                         1-67         2/59
Time of Possession                 27:20       20:40


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