Trojans lose thriller to Shelby
Shelby survived three missed field goals, an injury to its leading rusher, offensive struggles and a late rally to remain unbeaten against Chase and advance in the 2A state football playoffs on Friday night.
The Golden Lions’ 10-7 win at Blanton Memorial Stadium against the familiar Trojans wasn’t certain until senior linebacker Carlos Marion’s fourth-down sack in the final 30 seconds.
“Great job by our defense,” Shelby coach Lance Ware said. “They stepped up when they had to.”
That sack of Tyrell Boykins was the second in a row for the Golden Lions, whose defense came through after Chase reached Shelby’s 42 on its last drive.
The final stop secured a win that improved the Golden Lions to 46-0-1 all-time against the Trojans, who Shelby had beaten 49-7 four weeks earlier.
Shelby (7-5) hosts Polk County (9-3), a 23-13 winner against East Rutherford, next Friday in the second round.
Manning Burton’s 20-yard field goal with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter was the only scoring until the game’s final five minutes.
That’s when Spencer Clark hit Dontavis Pressley for a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown where Pressley broke a tackle inside the 20, pushing Shelby’s lead to 10-0 with 4:15 left.
Chase (5-7) responded with its most productive drive of the night, with Michael Pyle hitting Tarrio Young for a 52-yard pass play, then Boykins connecting with Young two plays later for a 15-yard touchdown to cut it to 10-7 with 3:30 remaining.
“It was a great effort by our kids,” Chase coach Daniel Bailey said. “Hands down, Shelby’s the measuring stick for 2A football.”
Shelby 10, Chase 7
Chase 0 0 0 7 — 7
Shelby 0 3 0 7 — 10
S—Manning Burton 20 FG, 6:41.
S—Dontavis Pressley 59 pass from Spencer Clark (Luke Hayek kick), 4:15.
C—Tarrio Young 15 pass from Tyrell Boykins (Omar Jimenez kick), 3:30.