By Hannah Burkhart, Journalism 101 Student
At the Homecoming match on Friday, Greenfield-Central Cougars fell to the Shelbyville Golden Bears in a 31-13 defeat when Shelbyville gained their lead in the second half. The Cougars practiced all week preparing for this game, and as James Gilley, a junior tight end and cornerback stated, “We worked on routes, what coverage for that game, and what routes they ran specifically.”
In the beginning, Greenfield started out a little shaky when Jeremiah Fields, #15, the quarterback for the Cougars, threw an interception to #47 of the Bears. But shortly after, a fumble was made between the handoff from #3, John Lux, the quarterback of the Bears, and #28, a running back. The fumble was recovered by #11, Bryce Ratliff, of the Cougars who ran it downfield and gave the Cougars a significant advantage over the Golden Bears. The Cougars used this advantage to score the first touchdown of the night and leaving the score 7-0. When asked what his favorite play of the game was, Ethan Starkey, a sophomore left tackle and defensive lineman, said, “Our first touchdown. It gave us all a great feeling.”
Shelbyville then sprang into action after the Cougars’ touchdown. They immediately took possession of the ball and responded with a Bears touchdown, setting the score 7-7 before halftime. The Cougars tried to get in a few more plays before the halftime buzzer sounded, repeatedly handing the ball off to #25, Michael Sosnowski, the leading rusher for Greenfield-Central in this face off. Sosnowski, at the end of the game, had 16 carries for a total of 66 rushing yards. They attempted a field goal at the end of their second drive down the field, but the attempt was blocked by a special teams member of the Bears. Even though they were given the turnover, it lead them nowhere down the field before the halftime buzzer sounded.
After all of the excitement of tying the Bears in the first half, the band’s halftime performance, and the announcing of this year’s Homecoming Queen and King, some were anxious to get back to the game at hand.
The second half began with a Golden Bears’ touchdown leaving the score 14-7. The offense of the Cougars struggled in the second half with our quarterback being sacked 5 times throughout the game. The Bears scored two consecutive touchdowns and a field goal.
In the last minutes of the game at 1:17, the Cougars made their final attempt at putting more points on the board. Sosnowski scored the team’s last touchdown. Though they missed the PAT (point after touchdown), they did manage to give it more of a fight toward the end of the game. The end result of this matchup was 31-13 with the Shelbyville Golden Bears going out on top.
The Cougars quarterback had a positive outlook after the game about how they would continue. He stated, “We have become more like a family since the beginning of the season. We don’t split up after games like this.” So, even with the Cougars record now 2-3, they look forward to their next games and they plan on winning them.