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Eagles drop region opener at Coffee Co.

By GARY JOHNSON ~ Sports Writer
Posted 9/6/22

MANCHESTER — Shelbyville Central suffered a tough 39-13 Region 3-AAAAAA matchup on road on Friday night.The Red Raiders (2-1) took control early and used a balanced offensive and a backed that …

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MANCHESTER — Shelbyville Central suffered a tough 39-13 Region 3-AAAAAA matchup on the road Friday night.
The Red Raiders (2-1) took control early and used a balanced offense, and backed that effort on defense by shutting down the Golden Eagle run game.
“A lot of credit to Coffee County. They are a good football team. We saw that on film when they played Franklin County and Tullahoma. We knew we would have to play clean across the board and we didn’t,” Shelbyville Central coach Jud Dryden said.
Coffee County racked up 323 yards of total offense, compared to the Eagles’ 176, while only allowing 49 yards rushing.
Konor Helton scored on runs of one and 36 yards, sophomore quarterback Cole Pippenger threw a pair of touchdown passes to Travis Martin and one to Jahlin Osborne while Jackson Shemwell added a late pick-six for the winners.
Theo Washington returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown and Micah Threatt caught a 52-yard pass from senior quarterback Jake Preston to account for two Golden Eagle TDs.
A key turning point came late in the first half when Shelbyville Central recovered a kick in Coffee County territory but failed to score, then the Red Raiders scored in the closing seconds.
Preston connected on 8-of-23 passes for 127 yards with Threatt hauling in four catches totaling 60 yards.
“We didn’t capitalize when we had to, then gave up that play late in the half that really hurt,” Dryden said.
“There were a lot of mistakes we made but we will keep at it and continue working on being better at our craft and we will get there. Our guys are playing with a high motor and a mindset that wants to get better.”
The Eagles host Riverdale Friday night at 7.

Shelbyville            0   13      0   0 —13
Coffee County     13   12   14   0 — 39

First Quarter
CC — Konor Heaton 1 run (Manny Gonzalez kick), 11:44.
CC — Heaton 36 run (kick failed), 3:06.
Second Quarter
SC — Theo Washington 53 pass interception (Ben Betzelberger kick), 9:52.
CC — Jahlin Osborne 42 pass from Cole Pippenger (run failed), 5:44.
SH — Threatt 52 pass from Jake Preston (kick failed), 2:34.
CC — Travis Martin 16 pass from Pippenger (kick failed), 0:04.
Third Quarter
CC — Martin 21 pass from Pippenger (Gonzalez kick), 5:05.
CC — Jackson Shemwell 55 interception (Gonzalez kick), 2;40.

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