SHELBYVILLE — Maroa had been talking trash the last few weeks leading up to the JFL heavyweight match-up between the Trojans and the Shelbyville Rams. On Saturday night, the Rams did their talking on the field, winning 52-19.
Undefeated and conference leading Shelbyville scored 18 unanswered points in the 1st quarter, while the Rams defense forced two 3 and outs and gave up only one 1st down on three Maroa possessions.
Shelbyville upped their lead to 44-6 before the half and Maroa wasn't talking trash anymore. All you could hear from the other side were crickets. Shelby shut up the Trojans, except for the whining.
A Maroa coach complained about being the recipients of the mercy rule, the running clock after a 30-point lead. He continued to whine and was thrown out of the game and had to leave the field.
Shelbyville had planned to leave the starters in through the 3rd quarter. The Rams got one possession in the 3rd and had to punt. With the running clock, the 4th quarter came quick. After the Ram defense stopped Maroa on the first possession of the 4th, the 2nd string Ram offense took the field.
Shelby 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 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 for the last 15 yards, while fighting to stay in bounds and still picking 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 5. 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.