Shelby rolls, but injuries mount

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Shelby Academy Raiders are a big, green, running machine.

With a 26-0 whipping of region foe Sumter Academy last Friday night, the vaunted Shelby Academy running attack keeps on keeping on.

With the exception of a non-region loss to the larger 2A, AISA Kingwood Lions, the Shelby Academy Raiders have dominated their region of 1A, AISA football.

The Raiders pounded their hapless visitors from Sumter Academy for 363 yards while going to the air for one yard.

They held their opponents to 100 yards on the ground and just 26 through the air for what could only be called a miserable 126 total offense.

Remarkably, however, the Raiders actually held a slim 7-0 at the half.

Kervin said it was a situation similar to the contest with Cornerstone. Soon, the Raiders got cranking for 19 additional points, while Sumter Academy failed to score at all.

Still, the victory was not without cost. The Raiders lost senior defensive tackle Parker Headley to a knee injury.

Defensive tackle Chip Lovelady already has an injured ankle, and the only healthy member of three senior defensive tackles for the Raiders now is Steven Michael.

&8220;We&8217;re running on fumes,&8221; said Raiders&8217; head football coach DeWayne Kervin.

But those fumes seem pretty strong. The Raiders were led defensively by Cody Wilson with 13 tackles and Rick McBride with 12 tackles.

Offensively, Wilson rushed 21 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns while McBride rushed five times for 21 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Brad Lovoy rushed 15 times for 60 yards.

The Raiders will take their running attack on the road this Friday night to play undefeated region opponent South Choctaw.