Its only the third week of the season, but Friday’s game at home against Clinton has serious playoff ramifications.

The Rams lost Week 1 and won Week 2. Looking at the schedule and trying to find enough wins to qualify for the playoffs the window is narrow. They need at least 5 wins, probably 6.

They have uphill battles against Tuscola and St. Teresa, which gives them, barring major upsets against Tuscola and St.T, five games to get 4 or 5 wins. Sullivan is down in numbers that is a possible win. Warrensburg is 1-1 and a possible win.

Central A&M is 2-0 and blew out both opponents. Meridian is already 2-0 and tromped on their opponents. Shelby will have to gear up for those two games and one more, Friday’s game against Clinton.

Clinton is 2-0. One was a blowout and the other a forfeit. Clinton beat Kincaid (0-2), 50-14 in week 1. Clinton has had two weeks to prepare for Shelbyville.

Clinton’s quarterback was solid in Week 1. Garrett Wayne was 11-of-18 passing for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the Maroons’ win against South Fork. He will test the Rams secondary.

As far as the Rams are concerned, as seen last week against Cerro Gordo, if Clinton cannot contain Kentrell Beck, the Maroons are in for a long night. Beck really hasn’t thrown much and that may be a skill that will be needed in order to get the playoffs and not be one-dimensional.

Don’t forget Seppe Vitale, the Rams kicker. In a close game, he is a Shelbyville advantage.

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