The Shelby Coyotes football team moved on in the eight-man football playoffs by defeating Park City 87-68, in one of the highest scoring Coyote football games in recent history.
Shelby’s Cameron Brus-ven led the Coyotes to victory with seven touchdowns. He would, however, be the first to say the win was a team effort.
The game started quickly with the teams trading touchdowns early. Park City struck first, but Shelby immediately answered with Brusven’s first score, a 51-yard run. Park City answered, and then Brusven added a 61-yard run to give the Coyotes back the lead. Park City returned the kick-off to regain the lead, and then Taylor Parsons found Rhett Reynolds for a 51-yard touchdown, to end the first quarter scoring with Shelby leading 21-20
Park City scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to grab a 34-21 lead. Shelby’s offense answered with Brusven scoring on a two-yard run, followed by Parsons connecting with Reynolds for a 42-yard strike to end the half. The Coyotes trailed by one, 34-33.
Shelby opened the second half with Brusven scoring on a 20-yard run to take the lead. Park City picked up a quick score to regain the lead, which would be their last of the day. Shelby’s Aiden Torgerson ran a touchdown in from 31-yards, followed by a 17-yard Brusven touchdown run. Shelby had a bad snap on a punt that pinned them in their end zone, which resulted in Park City putting up two points from a safety. Shelby’s defense held, and the Coyotes and Brusven scored again on a 42-yard run to extend the Coyotes’ lead to 61-42. Park City scored to end the quarter 61-48.
Park City opened the fourth quarter with another score, but Tabris Correa returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Park City wouldn’t quit, and they scored again to put heat on the Coyotes. The Coyotes responded with Torgerson adding a five-yard run. Park City scored one more time but the Coyotes responded with a one-yard Brusven score and then sealed the game with a 16-yard pass from Parsons to Correa to end all scoring for the day.
Coach Mike White was proud of the way the Coyotes played. “We started a little sluggish, but picked up in the second and third quarters. The score doesn’t show it but I felt the defense hit hard and played well. They have some elusive kids, and we will definitely need to polish that up. Brice Lee stepped up defensively in the second half.”
Coach White also said, “The Coyote offense had over 400 yards rushing, and over 200 passing. Parsons threw for three touchdowns, Reynolds hauled in two of those, and Correa had a big game. He had two returns called back that would have been huge. I felt the kids battled and we pulled out some things we haven’t done. The offensive line really stepped up and did a great job.”
Shelby will travel to Scobey on Saturday, Nov. 14, to play the Spartans at 1 p.m. Scobey is the top-ranked eight man team from the East.