3A Elkhart proves too much for 2A Shelbyville in teams' season opener
The Shelbyville Dragons had a tough test in their first game of the new season as they faced the visiting Elkhart Elks.
The Elks are a 3A team that returned 11 starters from the squad that posted a 42-28 win over Shelbyville in last season's opener, and held a size advantage over the Dragons.
The result was a 40-23 setback in the Dragons' home opener.
Shelbyville came over firing, building a 7-0 lead on a 78-yard drive that was capped by CJ Kirkwood's scoring run in the first quarter. Shelbyville also mounted a successful goal line stand at its 1-yard line to deny the Elks a first-quarter score. A forced fumble recovered by Sawyer Hendricks thwarted Elkhart's bid.
The Dragon's ensuing drive resulted in a punt, and that set up a 55-yard scoring run by the Elks. A missed PAT left Shelbyville with a 7-6 lead.
Elkhart extended the lead to 12-7 at the half on another touchdown and a missed PAT.
The Leks wore Shelbyville down in the second half, outscoring the Dragons 28-14.
Shelbyville next plays Friday night at Hemphill, which had its opener against San Augustine cancelled Friday.
Here is the scoring summary:
(10:08 p.m.): Elkhart 40, Shelbyville 23. The visitors add a late score.
(10:01 p.m.): Elkhart 32, Shelbyville 23. Artis Nickerson with a TD run. Two minutes left.
(9:56 p.m.): Elkhart 32, Shelbyville 15. Elkhart putting this one away with 3 minutes to go.
(9:46 p.m.): Elkhart 25, Shelbyville 15. Artis Nickerson scores after a bad punt snap set the Dragons up. Eight minutes left in the game.
End of third quarter
(9:28 p.m.): Elkhart 25, Shelbyville 7. Another TD, missed PAT. Four TDs for Elkhart RB
(9:18 p.m.): Elkhart scores on 60-yard TD play. PAT is good.
(8:20 p.m.). Elhart takes the lead, but missed PAT.
(8:11 p.m.): Shelbyville 7, Elkhart 6. Elhart scores on 55-yard TD run, but misses PAT.
END OF FIRST QUARTER
(8:02 p.m.): Shelbyville 7, Elkhart 0. The Dragons make a goal-line stand on their own 1-yard line. Forced fumble recovered by Sawyer Hendricks for Dragons.
(7:48 p.m.): Shelbyville 7, Elkhart 0. The Dragons go on a 78-yard drive capped by CJ Kirkwood's scoring run.