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Shelby’s Briton Bunnell (22) and Rhett Reynolds chase down Centerville quarterback Carson McGinness during Homecoming football action Friday night.

The Shelby Coyotes football team had a disappointing Homecoming, losing in the final minute to Centerville 25-32.

The Coyotes defense opened the game closing down the Centerville offense, and blocking a punt that Cameron Brusven recovered in the end zone. He then kicked the extra-point to give the Coyotes a 7-0 lead. Shelby had the ball and was marching for another score when they had a costly turnover. Centerville managed a first quarter score but failed on the extra-point try leaving the Coyotes with a 7-6 first quarter advantage. 

Shelby was driving in the second quarter to extend their lead when a Centerville defender stripped the ball and returned it for a score. The extra-point attempt failed, giving the Miners a 12-7 advantage. The Shelby offense couldn’t find their groove in the second quarter, and the defense allowed another Centerville score. The Coyotes found themselves trailing 18-7 at the half. 

Centerville opened the scoring in the second half, and pushed their lead to 24-7. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, sophomore quarterback Taylor Parsons went out of the game with an injury. Tanner Parsons then moved to quarterback, and the Coyotes battled the defense on a drive for a third quarter touchdown. Their extra-point try failed and at the end of the third quarter the Coyotes had closed the gap, trailing just 24-13. 

The fourth quarter the Coyotes shut down the Centerville offense and put two more scores on the board to take a 25-24 advantage with a little more than a minute on the clock. Centerville managed to drive the ball downfield and scored to spoil the Coyotes’ Homecoming.

 “We just didn’t bring our ‘A’ game Friday, which was disappointing not to play our best for Homecoming,” said Coach Mike White. “Rhett Reynolds played well defensively, he was able to play within himself and trust his technique,” praised White.

“The five turnovers played a big factor in the game. It is hard to win giving the ball away that many times. We have dug ourselves a hole, but can, and need, to focus on one game at a time, for the rest of the season,” said White. “Our kids need to develop some resiliency and focus this week. It will be the most important week of their careers.” 

Shelby will travel to Chester on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

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