After leading 17-0 at halftime, Shelbyville Central was outscored 27-7 in the second half as the Golden Eagles fell 27-24 at Kenwood on Friday night.
“This loss really hurts,” Shelbyville Central Jud Dryden said. “They came at us with three or four trick plays that got us. Where it was a missed assignment or blown coverage, that is as much on me as it is our players because we have focused so much on a base defense and haven’t really worked those kinds of situation type things.”
Shelbyville senior quarterback Jake Preston threw three touchdown passes in the game, the first a 53 yard connection to Micah Threat in the first quarter.
Kicker Ben Betzelberger connected on a 30-yard field goal as the Golden Eagles posted a 17-0 advantage at the half.
The Eagles struck first in the second half when Bron Ransom hauled in a 20 yard TD pass from Preston.
Kenwood scored twice in the third quarter, when Jaishon Moulton caught a 15 yard pass and added a 68 TD run to cut the lead to 24-14.
The Knights took the lead when Quentaviuws Barnes hauled in a 50-yard pass from Moulton.
The Eagles responded with a 10-play drive capped off by a 4-yard pass to Theo Washington from Preston. The kick after put the Eagles back in control, 24-21.
Kenwood got the ball at midfield on the ensuing kick-off and later scored the game-winning touchdown on a Moulton 18-yard run with 0:48 left on the clock.
“There was some miscommunication on that last kickoff but I am extremely happy the way we battled and came back and took the lead once they gained it late in the game,” Dryden said.
Preston connected on 11-of-25 passes for 189 yards and three TD’s.
Freshman running back Robert Lentz rushed for 113 yards on 13 carries for Shelbyville Central.
The Eagles (0-5) host region foe Lebanon for Homecoming at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Shelbyville Central 10 0 14 0 - 24
Kenwood 0 0 14 13 - 27
SC - Micah Threat 53 pass from Jake Preston (Ben Betzelberger kick), 11:16.
SC - Betzelberger 30 field goal, 0:46.
SC - Bron Ransom 20 pass Preston (Betzelberger kick), 8:12.
K - Jaishon Moulton 15 pass (kick good), 3:47.
K - Moulton 68 run (kick good), 0:00,
K - Quentaviuws Barnes 50 pass from Moulton (kick good), 8:11.
SC - Theo Washington 4 pass from Preston (Betzelberger kick), 2:58.
K - Moulton 18 run (kick failed). 0:48.