No coming back from early deficit
R-S Central falls to Shelby, 45-14
Sep. 14, 2013 @ 04:54 PM
It was a long night for R-S Central football as the Shelby Golden Lions came into Rutherfordton and put on an offensive clinic.
Shelby (2-2, 1-0 SMAC) put 35 points on the board in the first half and never looked back en route to a 45-14 win.
“Tonight we got off to a bad start and Shelby beat us fair and square,” Central head coach Mike Cheek said. “They beat us in every part of the game.”
Shelby only needed three plays to score on its first drive and three more to score on its second as they put 14 quick points on the point in the span of 56 seconds.
Shelby scored 21 pionts in the first quarter while the Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-1 SMAC) recorded just one first down in the opening frame.
Shelby’s uptempo offense and screen game plagued the Hilltoppers all night.
“They ran a lot of screens tonight,” Cheek said. “We told our lineman all week that if their lineman lets you rush them then the screen is coming but we kept rushing and never came back.”
Shelby’s Raekwon Washington ran in his third touchdown of the night 46 seconds into the second quarter giving the Golden Lions a 28-0 lead.
Shelby added a defensive score before the Hilltoppers put together a positive drive.
With just over three minutes left in the half, Central running back Rashuan Whitesides took the ball from the Shelby 31 to the endzone in two carries to avoid the shutout with 2:31 left before the break.
Central had another opportunity after Timothy Logan intercepted an RJ George pass giving the Hilltoppers possession at the Shelby 38 with 1:33 left.
A 28-yard completion from Jay’len Hollis to Tyler Rash and a roughing the passer penalty set Central up with a first and goal at the Shelby 6, but Shelby’s Garrison Addison intercepted a Hollis pass in the endzone to stifle the Central threat.
The half ended with Shelby leading 35-7.
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The second half was a little smoother for Central as Matt Atchley scampered for a 10-yard score in the fourth and the Hilltoppers were only outscored 10-7 in the half as Shelby left Rutherfordton with a 45-15 victory.
“When you play big games you have to step up and we didn’t step up,” Cheek said. “Now all we can do is break the film down and get better.”
Atchley led the Hilltoppers with 101 of the team’s 298 rushing yards on the night while Whitesides ended the night with 76 yards on the ground.
Shelby’s Washington led all rushers with 113 yards on 13 carries scoring three touchdowns.
“When you play good programs you’re only going to get better,” Cheek said after the loss. “I’m sure there were good things that happened tonight, we just have to look at the film and find them.”
The Hilltoppers continue SMAC play next Friday as they travel to Draughn for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Shelby 45, R-S Central 14
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R-S Central^0^7^0^7 - 14
SHS – Ralph Jolly 21-yd pass from RJ George. (Luke Hayek kick) 9:52
SHS – Raekwon Washington 2-yd run. (Hayek kick) 8:56
SHS – Washington 8-yd run. (Hayek kick) 5:42
SHS – Washington 6-yd run. (Hayek kick) 11:14
SHS – Kylon Ross 40-yd fumble return. (Hayek kick) 8:07
RSC – Rashaun Whitesides 5-yd run. (Caleb Owens kick) 2:31
SHS – Jaquavis Brooks 5-yd run. (Hayek kick) 5:23
SHS – Hayek 43-yd kick. :33.5
RSC – Matt Atchley 10-yd run. (Owens kick) 9:16
RUSHING — Shelby, Raekwon Washington 13-113, Jaquavis Brooks 7-56, Buck Ussery 4-20, Antwan Wright 1-7, RJ George 4-(-25). R-S Central, Matt Atchley 12-101, Rashaun Whitesides 11-76, Jay’len Hollis 10-42, Tyler Simmons 3-23, Juwan Watkins 3-17, Desmond Whitesides 6-16, Trevon Carson 2-13, Nate Murray 2-6, Dylan Gallman 4-4.
PASSING — Shelby, RJ George 12-17-2-197-1. R-S Central, Hollis 3-10-1-27-0.
RECEIVING — Shelby, Ralph Jolly 2-57, Wright 4-50, Brooks 2-33, Chad Reid 1-24, Kylon Ross 1-22, Luke Etchison 1-10, Washington 1-1. R-S Central, Tyler Rash 2-28, Nate Murray 1-9.