Shelbyville unable to gain momentum in 28-0 loss to Garrison
Friday night did not go as planned for the Shelbyville Dragons as they hoped to claim their first victory of the season against the Garrison Bulldogs.
Both teams entered this contest with a record of 0-2. While Shelbyville lost a tight 18-14 game in Hemphill last week, Garrison came out seeking redemption from a 28-0 shutout received at the hands of the San Augustine Wolves.
The Bulldogs were able to flip the script, so to speak, this week turning last week’s score on its head in their 28-0 win over the Dragons.
The Bulldogs run-first offense controlled the game from the opening kick, scoring on the initial drive with a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Makedric Collins. Shelbyville, on the other hand, sputtered on their first drive going four-and-out with a pair of false start penalties for their trouble.
The Dragons' defense was then able to rally, shutting down the Bulldogs' offense on their next two drives, the latter of which ended with a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Sawyer Hendricks (pictured) of Shelbyville. However, the Dragons were unable to capitalize on these opportunities, ending the first quarter trailing 7-0.
In the second quarter with 5:29 left in the half, the Bulldogs gained their second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard touchdown run by Sabastion Porter. Shelbyville’s next drive ended in a punt that pinned Garrison at the 2-yard line, but the Bulldogs were not to be denied. They proved that running the ball wasn’t the only way they could find the end zone when quarterback Drew Wise hit wide receiver Kasper Hodge on a 51-yard shot down the field, ending the first half 21-0.
The Dragons, in need of points, were unable to get anything going after receiving the kick off to start the second half of the game. Garrison continued their dominance with Porter crossing the goal line on a tremendous 71-yard touchdown run.
The remainder of the game became a defensive struggle with neither team being able to make anything happen on offense leaving the final score 28-0.
Ultimately, this is a game that the Dragons will want to either forget, or use as fuel for their desire to snap the 3-game losing skid they currently find themselves o
Shelbyville will look to bounce back after a bye week following this defeat. The next time we see the Dragons will be at their Sept. 29 homecoming where they face another set of bulldogs, Corrigan-Camden.
2017 Shelbyville Dragons (0-3)
Sept. 1 L vs. Elkhart 40-23
Sept. 8 L @ Hemphill 18-14
Sept. 15 L @ Garrison 28-0
Sept. 22 Bye
Sept. 29 vs. Corrigan Camden** 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 @ All Saints Tyler 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 @ San Augustine* 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 vs. Joaquin* 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 @ Cushing* 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 vs. Carlisle* 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 @ Alto* 7:30 p.m.
*District Games **Homecoming