“Defensively we had a nice game as well,” Coach Cloe said. “We had several tackles for loss tonight and did a great job of pursuing the ball. We need to improve on our special teams in terms of contain on kickoffs and our kicking game. Overall, we were pleased with our performance tonight. Although not perfect, it was a great team effort and a win is always nice.”
Shelby B team went 3 and out and Maroa scored on a 3rd and 9 on a screen pass that was cut back, 44-13.
The Rams got one more possession in the 4th as time was ticking away. Mason Cameron returned the kickoff 25 yards. Then Tyler Gottfriedt got the ball.
His first run was arguably the most inspiring run in Shelbyville football over the last 9 years. He went 40 yards, fighting off a host of tacklers along the sideline. Over the last 15 yards he fought to stay in bounds and still pick up yardage no matter how many tacklers grabbed him.”
Gottfriedt got the ball again and ran for 10 yards. He got the ball again and ran inside the 15. Clayton Peterson ran the ball over the goal line on the next play with 1:07 left in the game. Brett Spears kick the extra points and Shelby was up, 52-13.
Maroa got a final score on their 2nd kick return for a touchdown and made the extra-point kick, 52-19.
Deondre Gregory scored all three Maroa touchdowns. He was the only one allowed to run kicks back. Teammates would take the kickoffs, but had to give the ball to Gregory all nine times. Two he ran back. The other score came on his screen pass reception and run.
Gregory was a strong runner, who could break many tackles, but he was all that Maroa had.
Prior to the game, former legendary Shelbyville coach Gerald Temples gave the pre-game speech to the Rams and stressed “T-E-A-M” over “I”. One player, no matter how good he was, was not going to beat a Shelbyville team effort.