Dragons kickoff district with a win over Deweyville
The Shelbyville Dragons are now 1-0 in district play. Their win over the Deweyville Pirates puts the Dragons at 5-1 on the year. The weather took a turn on Friday due to a cool front that turned a 70-degree morning into a 50-degree night. Shelbyville made the long trip to Deweyville for their district opener.
The Pirates won the opening toss and elected to defer to the second half giving Shelbyville possession of the football first. After the kick, Shelbyville’s offense entered the field with two weeks of game planning under their belt. The Dragons were fresh of their bye week and therefore, had plenty of time to prepare for their first game of district action. A great deal of that game plan went out the window on the second play however, as senior quarterback Jordan Boykins went down with an apparent knee injury. The extent of the injury is currently unknown, but Boykins and the Dragons are hopeful that it is a minor setback. Boykins lost possession of the ball when he went down with the injury giving the Pirates’ offense a chance, but Shelbyville’s defense came prepared and shut the drive down early.
Losing your quarterback on the second play from scrimmage is just about the worst-case scenario, but the Dragons buckled down and fought through the adversity. Fellow senior Jaylon Brinson made the move from running back to quarterback. Brinson has some experience with the position, as he took reps there last year for the Dragons.
“It was kind of tough starting back up [at quarterback] since I hadn’t done it all season, its been a while, but I tried to do my best and did what I had to do for the team,” said Brinson.
“With Jaylon, we’re confident in what he can do. Now, he hasn’t had any reps at quarterback all year, but like I said, he stepped in, as leaders do, captained the ship and got us through some rocky waters We found a way to win. Defensively, we played lights out again. Obviously, we don’t want anything bad to happen to any of our guys, so that was a tough shot for us, because It did close the playbook quite a bit with what we could do. Hopefully it’s nothing major. He’s a little sore, a little swollen, but we’ll evaluate and go from there,” said Shelbyville Head Football Coach David Benbow.
Brinson’s move to quarterback opened the door for more running plays from the quarterback position and gave AJ Cartwright a chance to see an increased number of reps at the running back position. Brinson would end the night with 74 passing yards, all to LD Coleman, and 154 yards rushing and one touchdown. Cartwright tallied 102 yards rushing, 54 of which came on a long run up the middle for a touchdown. Caleb Ridgeway snagged an interception for the Dragons, and Grady Clay added three sacks to his total. Clay also came away with a fumble recovery, as did Coleman.
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