Rain soaked and muddy fields always seem to favor power running teams, and that certainly was the case on Friday night as Shelbyville rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to pull out a 48-34 victory against Yorktown.
Bears quarterback Jake Laker was the difference in the game as he passed for 254 yards (233 in the second half) and five touchdowns. Laker was the main catalyst for a Shelbyville offense that tallied 271 total yards and 34 points in the second half.
“With a field like we had tonight,” Yorktown Coach Mike Wilhelm said of the extremely muddy conditions, “you see the power running teams take advantage. And that is exactly what (Shelbyville) did tonight. I wouldn’t say we lost the game, they just came out in the second half and played better than we did.”
Yorktown was able to build a 21-14 halftime lead thanks to a balanced offensive attack, led by running back Chandler Carroll and quarterback Riley Neal. Carroll rushed for touchdowns of 15 and 70 yards in the first half and finished the game with 184 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Neal connected with Riley Miller for the Tigers’ other first-half score and threw for 101 yards in the first half.