Shelbyville Dragons fall to Groveton, 32-12

Dragons taking on district leading, undefeated San Augustine Friday night

Last Friday night, the Shelbyville Dragons traveled to Groveton for a District 12 showdown.]

Unfortunately for the traveling Dragons, the Groveton Indians proved to be too much for them on that particular night.

Shelbyville’s offense entered this contest with freshman quarterback X’Zavier Cartwright at the helm for a third week. Starting quarterback Jordan Boykins remained sidelined following an injury early in the first quarter of the Deweyville game on October 11. Cartwright has done an admirable job leading the Dragons during Boykins’ absence. He has helped lead the Dragons to two district victories.

The Dragons have shifted from the spread to a more run-friendly offensive scheme while Boykins makes his recovery. The ground and pound approach did not yield success for Shelbyville, as Groveton presented a defensive front as stout as any that the Dragons have seen to this point.

Senior running back Jaylon Brinson once again led the Dragons rushing. He took 22 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Jakory Standley played a big role in Shelbyville’s offensive production as well. Standley only needed four carries to tally 102 yards and one touchdown.

Shelbyville held the Indians to a 6-0 lead during the first quarter. At the half, the Dragons had failed to cross the goal line and were trailing Groveton 13-0. Standley provided a much-needed spark for the Dragons’ offense when we took the ball 79 yards for a touchdown.

This trimmed the Indian lead down to seven with nearly two quarters to go. Groveton, however, held a firm grip to the control they had established in the first half. The Indians added two touchdowns in the third and one more in the fourth. Brinson’s touchdown came toward the later half of the final quarter, and the Dragons fell 32-12.

“[Groveton] controlled the game. They played better than we did, they coached better than we did tonight. When that happens, you’re in trouble. We’ll just go back to work tomorrow. The coaches will meet, we’ll watch film, grade film. We’ll put a game plan together that we feel is best to bring us a victory and we’ll see what we do [next week],” said Shelbyville Head Football Coach David Benbow.

No need to hit the panic button yet for the Dragons, as they have had a phenomenal year. This loss only marked the second that they have suffered thus far and their first as far as district play is concerned.

The Dragons have their work cut out for them, as they will play host to the undefeated San Augustine Wolves. San Augustine is currently riding the top of 2A District 12 and will undoubtably prove to be a tough opponent.

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