Dragons defeated by Beckville 47-34

Shelbyville football playoff season comes to an end after Week I

The Dragons football season has ended following round one of 2A Division I playoffs. Shelbyville travelled to Tyler to face off against the Beckville Bearcats at Rose Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13.

Beckville won, 47-34.

Shelbyville found themselves in a hole early, as Beckville was able to take their opening drive down the field for a touchdown. The Bearcats then surprised the Dragons with an onside kick attempt that they were able to recover. Shortly after the kick, Beckville capitalized and extended their lead.

With less than a minute and a half off the clock, Shelbyville was behind 13-0. Those 13 points would come back to bite them in the end with a final score of 47-34 in favor of the Bearcats.

“[Beckville] was explosive offensively, they made plays. They made more plays than we made. We had an opportunity, recovered an onside kick, didn’t get it done then, could have flipped the momentum. Little things like that.  It’s kind of been the story of the season, we just kind of missed a few opportunities, they played better, coached better, and had their team ready to go.” Said Coach David Benbow.

Shelbyville’s offensive charge was led by a two-pronged attack featuring Jakory Standley and LD Coleman. Standley finished the night with 150 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. His longest rush went for 56 yards. Coleman ended his high school football career with 159 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Coleman’s longest rush was a 56-yarder that went for a TD.

Defensively, senior Jarod Perez led the Dragons with 12 total tackles, 10 of which were unassisted. Coleman, Perez, and their fellow seniors will certainly be missed when next the Dragons take to the field.

“[The seniors] are just a special group. AJ Cartwright, bless his heart, has just had a long year from his first knee injury to where he is,” Benbow said. “He’s a tremendous young man and a tremendous football player. Grady Clay, how do you replace somebody like that?

“Jarod Perez, from when I got here to now, may be the most improved football player I’ve seen. Dawson Windham was probably the most dominant defensive lineman the last two years in the district,” he said.

“Hagen Crumpton had a tremendous senior year. LD Coleman is off the charts special. Drake Lutz is a new one we had come out this year,” Benbow said. “Ricardo Castillo, our kicker, had probably the hit of the night on a kickoff.

“I’m sure I’m missing some. I don’t mean to. They’re the first team in Shelbyville history to qualify for the playoffs three years in a row, so that’s the legacy that they leave behind,” said Benbow.


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