Shelbyville Daily Union

October 11, 2013

The perfect season

John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelbyville JFL heavyweights ran the table this year (13-0), converting the number 13 into a lucky number. The Rams started the season scalding their competition at a JFL jamboree. They carried that momentum like Sherman’s March to the Sea through, steamrolling all their conference opponents and finishing with a forfeit.

The Rams out-scored their opponents 531 to 55. The offense racked up almost 4000 yards (3892) and scored 70 touchdowns. All their opponents, combined, only gained 363 total yards of offense and just five touchdowns altogether.

Ram defenders recorded 125 tackles for loss, more than 10 tackles for loss per game. The defense also registered eight interceptions and converted five of them into pick sixes. Shelby also recovered six fumbles, three for TDs. The Rams had 14 take-aways in 12 games.

“It was a great year,” said Ram coach Matt Cloe. “The kids worked hard and our record is an indication of that. We don’t usually focus on wins and losses, but instead doing things correctly. This group was very determined to do things the correct way.”

The correct way allowed 17 different Rams recording rushing yards, 13 different Rams recording receiving yards, and five different passers throwing for yardage. Seven different Rams scored on the ground and 11 different Rams scored receiving TDs. Four different Rams passed for touchdowns. On defense, 26 different Rams recorded tackles, 11 different Rams had tackles for loss.

“Not all of the kids on this football team are great football players,” Coach Cloe said. “However, they all possess great character. Everyone on this team brings something to the table that helps us accomplish our goals. They are a “tight-knit” group that cares for each other and cares for how they do things. They take a lot of pride in their craft.”

Leading the Rams in their craft was quarterback Turner Pullen, who rushed for 638 yards and 14 TDs. He also threw for 1864 yards and 35 TDs, with only one interception. He also caught four passes for 100 yards and two TDs. On defense, he had 89 tackles, 13 for loss.

Tyler Gottfriedt rushed for 374 yards and eight TDs. He also caught 22 passes for 659 yards and 10 TDs. He had 1033 total yards from scrimmage and 18 TDs. He had two interceptions, one for a score and had a fumble recovery for a score.

Three Ram defenders had over 100 tackles. Clayton Peterson led the way with 129 tackles, 31 for loss. Ryan Skowronski had 111, 22 for loss. Gottfriedt had 108 tackles with a team-leading 33 tackles for loss. Mason Cameron led the Rams with three interceptions, one for a pick six.

“We have a lot of supportive parents that make things easy in terms of holding the kids accountable in life, in school, and on the field,” Coach Cloe said. “There is a reiteration at home of what we teach as coaches, and that makes our job easier.

“To be able to primarily focus on the X’s and O’s of football is a blessing and it pays off for our team success as a whole,” Cloe said. “We don’t get caught up in individual accolades and that is a great attribute for a team. Nobody cares who scores on this team, as long as we accomplish our goals, and I think we have done that for the most part this year, and the past 3 years collectively.

“We want to thank all that support JFL in terms of helping us raise money to do what we do,” Coach Cloe said. “We also want to thank the fans for coming out to support us. To have what we call a community in the truest sense is a blessing as well, and we have that here in Shelbyville. I think our kids are fortunate for that.”

Ram JFL Heavyweights 2013

Overall Record 13-0

Terre Haute, Indiana won 56-14

Mt. Zion won 42- 0

Decatur MacArthur won 42-14

Mattoon won 42- 0

Charleston won 42- 0

Sullivan won 41- 6

Tolono won 44- 0

Sangamon Valley won 35- 0

Clinton won 52- 0

Warrenburg Lathem won 41- 0

St. Teresa won 41- 0

Maroa Forsyth won 52-21

LSA won 1- 0 (Forfeit)

Point Totals 531-55

OFFENSIVE STATS

Rushing: Pullen 34 for 638 (14 TD’s); Gottfriedt 21 for 374 (8 TD’s); Cameron 9 for 136 (2 TD’s); Messado 26 for 136; Martz 10 for 135 (TD); Spears 5 for 126 (TD); Helton 17 for 104; Firnhaber 4 for 56; Blesky 5 for 29; Johnston 6 for 23; Bly 1 for 13 (TD); Peterson 1 for 11 (TD); Brayden Vice 2 for 9; M. Wasson 3 for 6; Houska 4 for 2; Braxton Vice 1 for 1

T. Wasson 2 for 0; Rushing Totals 151 for 1801 (29 TD’s)

Receiving: Gottfriedt 22 for 659 (10 TD’s); Spears 8 for 277 (3 TD’s); Cameron 16 for 247 (8 TD’s); Firnhaber 7 for 213 (3 TD’s); Watson 11 for 186 (6 TD’s); Martz 8 for 183 (5 TD’s)

Pullen 4 for 101 (2 TD’s); Houska 5 for 60; Brx Vice 2 for 50 (TD); Messado 2 for 33 (TD)

Helton 3 for 28 (TD); Peterson 1 for 28 (TD); Johnston 1 for 26; Receiving Totals 90 for 2091 (41 TD’s)

Passing: Pullen 75 for 103/ 1,864 yrds (35 TD’s) (1 INT); Messado 9 for 14/ 123 yrds (3 TD’s)

Martz 4 for 4/ 72 yrds (2 TD’s); T. Wasson 1 for 1/ 25 yrds (TD); Blesky 1 for 3/ 7 yrds

Total Passing: 90 for 125/ 2,091 yrds (41 TD’s) (1 INT)

TOTAL OFFENSE: 3,892 yrds (70 TD’s)

DEFENSIVE STATS

Tackles: Peterson 129/31 for Loss; Skowronski 111/22 for Loss

Gottfriedt 108/33 for Loss; Pullen 89/13 for Loss; Hoene 62/16 for Loss; Austin 47/ 3 for Loss; Fisher 36/ 2 for Loss; Firnhaber 33/ 1 for Loss; Young 32/ 2 for Loss; Helton 27/ 1 for Loss

Watson 22; Houska 16; Cameron 13; Martz 11; Spears 11; Reynolds 10/ 1 for Loss; Messado 7; Bly 6; Brayden Vice 5; Braxton Vice 5; Blesky 5; M. Wasson 2; T. Wasson 2; Logsdon 2; Rodman 2; Johnston 1

Interceptions: Cameron 3 (TD); Gottfriedt 2 (TD); Watson 1 (TD); M. Wasson 1 (TD); Fisher 1 (TD)

Fumbles: Skowronksi 1; Gottfriedt 1 (TD); Hoene 1 (TD); Young 1; Pullen 1; Peterson 1 (TD)

OPPONENTS

Offensive Stats for the Year: Rushing 271 carries for 150 yrds (4 TD’s) 12.5 yrds per game/ .56 yrds per carry; Passing 22 catches for 161 yrds (1 TD) 13.4 yrds per game/ 7.3 yrds per catch; Totals 363 yrds of offense (5 TD’s)