The 2013 Shelbyville Ram roster was filled with former junior varsity players starting varsity for the first time. Their conference schedule was stacked against them and they were projected to fall short of playoff eligible (5 wins). Shelbyville won every game they were projected to win, except one. Five of their six losses were to eventual playoff teams.
Shelbyville opened the season with a loss to reigning state champs Maroa-Forsyth, 40-0. In their first chance for a win, the Rams let one slip away. They lost their home opener to Central A&M, 27-20. Week 3 was an uphill battle at Argenta-Oreana. The Rams lost to the eventual playoff team, 41-14.
Week 4, the Rams finally broke into the win column, getting a score on defense and winning at home against Warrensburg, 20-12. Shelbyville went to playoff bound St. Teresa the following week. The Rams won the 2nd half, but still lost, 43-27.
Week 6, Shelbyville dominated in their homecoming victory over Clinton, 40-8. The Rams put together two wins in a row, by spoiling Sullivan-Okaw Valley's homecoming in Week 7, 14-12. The final two weeks of the season, Shelbyville played two more playoff teams and lost.
They lost Monticello, 38-6, scoring on the final play of the game, a punt return. The Ram season finale was at Tolono's Senior Night, losing 25-7. The Rams won the 2nd half, as the defense shutout Tolono in the final two periods.
The Rams were led by their defense. The defense had one problem, giving up a few big plays in every game.
The offense was not very effective. They moved the ball, when they weren't shot in the foot by a drive killing penalty. When they did moved the ball, they had trouble scoring in the red zone. Their most effective aspect of the offense was the passing game, even though the Rams scored 11 TDs rushing and nine passing.