By KRIS MILLS – firstname.lastname@example.org
GREENSBURG — Shelbyville had a promising start to its Week 1 contest with Greensburg Friday but could not keep up with the Pirates ground attack in a 52-7 loss.
The Golden Bears forced a three-and-out on their first defensive possession and moved the ball around well early on offense.
Then Toby Brogan took control.
Brogan, Greensburg’s junior quarterback, had five rushing sores in the first half for the Pirates, who led 42-7 at the break. Brogan’s longest scoring run (52 yards) came with two minutes to play in the first quarter. He also scored on runs of 20, 24, 11 and three yards.
Prior to Brogan’s 52-yard scamper, Shelbyville senior wide receiver Collin Miltz blasted through a physically imposing Greensburg defense for a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Miltz finished with five carries for 26 yards in the loss. He also had four tackles on defense.
“Collin is such a great kid and is always positive and full of energy,” said SHS second-year head coach Mike Clevenger. “You can tell he has bulked up as much as he can. He is only two years into football. We are looking forward to him doing the right things moving forward.”
SHS senior starting quarterback Riley Stevens went down with a foot injury in the opening frame. Senior Ethan Bohman came in as his replacement and performed well with limited snaps in practice. Bohman was 5 of 9 passing for 22 yards.
“What can you say bad about Ethan Bohman?” Clevenger noted after the game. “For only getting four or five reps a day in practice (he did well). He is a great kid.
“We tried to get Bohman in the end zone in the fourth quarter. He put us on his back (Friday).”
Stevens finished 2-for-4 passing for 14 yards before his injury.
“Our trainer told us that Riley either has turf toe or a broken toe,” Clevenger said.
In the second half, Greensburg scored on a 3-yard rush by senior running back Daimon Austin (third quarter) and a field goal (fourth quarter).
Shelbyville’s defense caused a fumble in the second quarter and made several tackles for loss in the contest but struggled to consistently wrap up Greensburg’s rushers. The size of Greensburg’s offensive and defensive lines also wore on the visiting Golden Bears. But Clevenger was excited about the energy surrounding the team at the beginning of the game.
“We were fired up early. When you are coming off a 1-9 season, let’s get fired up,” Clevenger said. “If we keep doing things the right way, eventually good things will happen. We are a little undersized, but we have to be perfect with our attitude, our effort and our assignments.”
Shelbyville (0-1) returns home in Week 2 and will host Franklin Community. Greensburg travels to Shelby County in Week 2 for a road contest at Class 2A No. 8 Triton Central.
Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.
Greensburg 52, Shelbyville 7
GB – Brogan 20-yard rush (2-pt good), 6:33
GB – Brogan 24-yard rush (Bausback kick), 3:14
SHS – Miltz 95-yard kickoff return (Carrizalez kick), 3:00
GB – Brogan 52-yard rush (Bausback kick), 2:00
GB – Brogan 3-yard rush (Bausback kick fail), 9:30
GB – Brogan 11-yard rush (Bausback kick), 4:14
GB – Best 16-yard rush (Bausback kick), :37
GB – Austin 3-yard rush (Bausback kick), 4:19
GB – Bausback FG, 7:56