FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Shelbyville vs. Joaquin

Dragons lost district opener to San Augustine

Shelbyville Dragons

(0-1, 1-5)

Sept. 1 L vs. Elkhart 40-23

Sept. 8 L @ Hemphill 18-14

Sept. 15 L @ Garrison 28-0

Sept. 22 Bye

Sept. 29 L vs. Corrigan Camden 26-14**

Oct. 6 W @ All Saints Tyler 48-10

Oct. 13 L @ San Augustine* 48-6

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

 

2A-Div. I District 11 standings

Team/District/Overall

Carlisle 1-0, 6-0

San Augustine 1-0, 6-0

Joaquin 1-0, 5-1

Cushing 0-1, 4-2

Shelbyville 0-1, 1-5

Alto 0-1, 1-5

 

Last week’s results

• San Augustine 48, Shelbyville 7
• Joaquin 35, Alto 20
• Carlisle 57, Cushing 33

 

This week’s games

• Joaquin @ Shelbyville

• Alto @ Carlisle

• San Augustine @ Cushing

 

PREVIEW/RECAP:

Friday the 13th held only bad luck for the Shelbyville Dragons (0-1, 1-5) as they fell to the San Augustine Wolves (1-0, 6-0) 48-7. This game marked the opening of district play for these two rivals.

Shelbyville came into this game riding high after posting their first win of the season last week against Tyler All-Saints, 48-10; while San Augustine continued their undefeated streak against Overton, 55-6. Shelbyville’s momentum from the previous week would not last long however, as the Wolves wanted to make a statement with a big homecoming victory.

Shelbyville struggled to find the end zone on offense with their lone touchdown coming on a huge 90-yard kickoff return by junior Artis Nickerson. He sprinted passed the kicking team, showing great determination as one defender matched him almost stride for stride before missing a diving tackle that would have brought the return up just short of the goal line.

San Augustine pulled no punches in this game. Wolves quarterback Gavin Murr threw for four touchdowns, with a pair going to QuenTyvian Borders, one to Cedric Thomas, and one hook-and-lateral, in which Borders received the pass and tossed it to Quay Johnson for the score. The Wolves’ defense added two scores on fumble recoveries, and Tijay Thomas crossed the goal line on the lone rushing touchdown from seven yards out.

Head coach Charles Tindol spoke at length about some of the Dragons struggles after the game.

“I don’t think we brought our best to the table tonight,” Tindol said. “We’re going to work really hard to try to do that next week. We had a good game plan in motion to start the game, and in the second quarter into the second half we got away from that. We were able to refocus a little bit and come back to the game plan.

“Anytime you face a good opponent like San Augustine you’re going to take your lumps. We weren’t able to do what we wanted here tonight, some of it in the first half I attribute to a lack of execution. In the second half we made a little headway toward that, but they’re a really good football team.”

Next week the Dragons hope to rebound, as they return to their homefield to face another rival, the Joaquin Rams (1-0, 5-1). Joaquin has played with a chip on their shoulder this season ever since losing their opener to the Tenaha Tigers (1-0, 6-0) in the final seven seconds of play.