COOKEVILLE — It was an offensive shootout and Shelbyville Central was just a few bullets shy of a great comeback in a 54-43 loss at Cookeville in a Region 3-6A matchup on Friday …
COOKEVILLE — It was an offensive shootout and Shelbyville Central was just a few bullets shy of a great comeback in a 54-43 loss at Cookeville in a Region 3-6A matchup on Friday night.
Trailing 54-28 with 5:50 left to play, the Eagles scored two late touchdowns and converted a two-point conversion but it proved to be too little, too late.
"Proud of how we fought back but we just gave up too many big plays and missed too many tackles," Shelbyville Central coach Jud Dryden said.
Shelbyville Central senior quarterback Jake Preston hooked up with Micah Threatt for touchdowns passes covering 20, 69 and 79 yards.
Preston added a two-yard run while Rocky Chandler scored on touchdown runs of two and 14 yards.
"We were able to hit on a few long pass plays and Rocky ran the ball hard for us," Dryer said.
Preston connected on 10-of-22 passes for 202 yards.
Threatt hauled in five passes totaling 171 yards.
Chandler rushed for 101 yards on 13 touches.
Cookeville quarterback Mace Thomsen was impressive, connecting on 15-of-17 passes for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Cookeville had 10 different players rush the ball and six with catches.
"We were fortunate to win that game against Warren County and make the playoffs," Dryden said. "This will be a great experience and a huge challenge from this young team for sure."
Shelbyville Central (1-9) will travel to Murfreesboro and face powerhouse Oakland in the first round on the TSSAA State Playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m.
Shelbyville Central 7 7 7 22 — 43
Cookeville 7 20 13 14 — 54
C — Jayden Baker 18 run (Alonzo Sanchez-Cantu kick), 8:31.
SC — Rocky Chandler 2 run (Ben Betzelberger kick), 0:36.
C — Carter Apple 3 run (Sanchez-Cantu kick), 8:27.
C — Presley Jared 57 pass from Mace Thomsen (kick failed); 5:21.
SC — Micah Threatt 20 pass from Jake Preston (Betzelberger kick), 1:50.
C — Jourdyn Burruss 10 run (Sanchez-Cantu kick), 0:22.
C — Brock Owen 19 pass from Thomsen (Sanchez-Cantu kick), 9:04.
SC — Chandler 14 run (Betzelberger kick), 5:51.
C — Owen 45 pass interception (run failed), 2:39.
C — Jackson Madewell 53 pass from Thomsen (Cohen Williams kick),11:42.
SC — Threatt 69 pass from Preston (Betzelberger kick), 7:02.
C — Apple 1 run (Williams kick), 5:50.
SC — Preston 2 run (Betzelberger kick), 3:20.
SC — Threatt 79 pass from Preston (Iran Zuasnava pass from Preston), 0:54.
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