Several missed opportunities prove costly for Warriors
By Andy Southard | October 1, 2018 10:11 am
Missed opportunities on the offensive side of the ball and getting off to an awful start were the downfall of the White County High School football team, on Friday night, as they fell to 0-6, with a 62-8 loss to Shelbyville.
The Warriors had several opportunities in the first half offensively to make the game more interesting. Add those missed opportunities on the offensive side to some costly mistakes on the defensive side, and the result is the third Warrior loss in region play.
The game started out the way the Warriors were hoping it wouldn’t happen. On the first offensive play for Shelbyville, their quarterback would drop back and throw a go route to an open receiver for a 70-yard touchdown, with 11:38, to give Shelbyville the early 7-0 lead.
The Warriors would pick up a first down on their first drive after a Sedryk Leftwich pass to Allen Shoupe went five yards, and then an offsides penalty gave the Warriors a first down. However, the Warriors couldn’t move the ball after that and would be forced to punt the ball back to Shelbyville.
Shelbyville would drive the ball down the field in four plays and score on a 10-yard pass to take a 14-0 lead, with 7:10 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors’ next drive would end on the second play when a fumble recovered by Shelbyville gave the ball back to the Eagles. The Eagles would score in four plays to push their lead to 21-0, with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors’ next possession was a three and out, and they would have to punt the ball back to Shelbyville. Shelbyville would score again in four plays, with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter to take a 28-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Shelbyville attempted an onside kick that they recovered and took over at the Warriors’ 39-yard line.
Shelbyville would find the end zone in four plays to push their lead to 35-0, with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter.
That touchdown, though, would wake up the Warriors’ offense. The Warriors’ next drive would last 10 plays that would result in a Warriors’ touchdown. The two biggest plays in the drive came on fourth and three when Allen Shoupe acted like he was going to run it but would pull it down and run nine yards up the right side to give the Warriors a first down. Leftwich would then find Caleb Charleston on a screen pass for 15 yards. Shoupe would then run it in from nine yards out, with 8:43 remaining in the first half, to cut the lead to 35-8.
The Warriors’ defense would then follow suit, forcing a Golden Eagles’ fumble to give the ball back to the offense. The Warriors would drive the ball down the field and get to Shelbyville’s one-yard line. However, Shelbyville would stop the Warriors on fourth down and take the ball over, with 3:15 remaining in the first half.
Shelbyville would drive down the field in nine plays and score on a 16-yard pass to push their lead to 42-8, with 1:02 remaining in the first half. That would be the score at the half.
In the second half, the Warriors would open up the half with the ball. The Warriors would go on a 10-play drive looking like they were going to cut into the Eagles’ lead. However, the Eagles would get a fourth-down stop and take over on their 18-yard line.
The Eagles would open up the half and drive down the field in five plays, scoring on a 40-yard touchdown pass to push their lead to 49-8. Shelbyville would score two more times in the second half and win by a final score of 62-8.
The Warriors’ offense, which had their second best game of the year, finished the night with 187 yards of total offense. The Warriors finished with 104 rushing yards and 83 passing. Sedryk Leftwich finished the night with seven completions for 83 yards. He also had six carries for 48 yards. Allen Shoupe carried the ball 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Shelbyville’s offense tallied 558 total yards. They had 377 yards passing and 181 yards rushing.
The Warriors will look to turn things around next week when they travel to Page. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.