The Shelby Coyotes football team traveled to Centerville last Saturday with a shot at the playoffs and revenge on the table. The Coyotes left with a 33-14 victory, and a chance to continue their season. 

“Our focus last week was to be the most physical team and with that, dominate the time of possession. We accomplished both,” said coach Mike White.

Shelby opened up the scoring with a Taylor Parsons 53-yard run, followed by an eight-yard fake field goal run by Cameron Brusven to establish a two-touchdown advantage for the Coyotes.

Centerville answered, closing the score to 14-8. 

Shelby came back with a Tyler Larson catch from Parsons to extend the lead back to two scores. Brusven added another touchdown on a 10-yard run, and the Coyotes were in control. 

Centerville did manage one more score, but the Coyotes and Brusven answered with a 19-yard run to end all scoring for the day, giving the Coyotes the 33-14 win.

White had a lot of praise for his team. “We had a total team effort on both sides of the ball. Rhett Reynolds did a great job of pressuring their quarterback and had a pivotal pick late in the game.” 

White also praised his defensive backs Aidan Torgerson, Bryce Lee and Tabris Correa. “Our defensive backs all stepped up and made huge plays throughout the game,” said White.

“On the offensive side, we controlled the clock and ran the ball well. Taylor Parsons gave us a spark with his running ability. Tabris Correa ran the ball as hard as I’ve seen in a long time. Cameron Brusven stepped up and had a pivotal fake field goal run to establish a two TD lead,” he added.

White commended the play of the offensive line, saying, “They played well and will only get better this week.”

Shelby will travel to Superior on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game, and face the No. 1 seed in the West, Clark Fork. White said that they have an explosive offense, but do give up points on the defensive side.

The Coyotes are looking forward to the trip. Coach White thanked all the fans that traveled to Centerville and battled the snow to cheer on the SHS football team. Coyote pride is alive and strong!

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