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By Mary Schwanke
North Shelby traveled over two hours to play the Norborne-Hardin Central Aggies on Friday, September 10. The Raiders demolished their opponents, finishing the game early at halftime, 64-0.
North Shelby’s defense started the game strong, forcing the Aggies to turnover on downs. Soon after, Justin Lunsford ran for a 30-yard touchdown, only two minutes into the game.
Cale Stoneburner kicked a touchback, starting the Aggies’ brief possession at the 20-yard line. NS defense prevailed once more, forcing a punt to the 16-yard line. At 8:19, Stoneburner chucked a deep pass to Kyle Smith who ran the ball five yards from the end zone. Lunsford sealed the deal with a touchdown. Carson Orr ran for two more points, bringing the score to 16-0.
Hardin struggled to push the ball down the field. Smith made key tackles before being taken out of the game with an ankle injury. The Aggies managed some ball movement, but were then taken down by Noah Greenwell and Luke Schwanke in the backfield.
The Raider’s next play once again ended in a touchdown. Orr received a deep pass from Stoneburner and took the ball to the end zone. The conversion by Landon Bender was good, bringing the Raiders advantage to 24-0.
After a punt by the Aggies, Stoneburner threw another deep pass to Bender, who ran 30 yards for another touchdown. Stoneburner kept the ball for the conversion. This marked the end of the first quarter, the score at 32-0.
Two minutes into the second quarter, the scoreboard said 40-0 after Orr scored a touchdown.
The Aggies were forced to punt. At this point, North Shelby set out to accomplish a dream everyone has been longing to see come true. North Shelby fed Andrew Wiley the ball, hoping to get him into the end zone. Wiley got a first down, but Lunsford was the one who managed to score at the end of the possession. NS led 48-0.
Wiley did the honors of completing the conversion. A couple minutes later, Wiley got his touchdown, settling the score at 56-0.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted, since I was a freshman. I’ve never really played that much, so finally getting a touchdown as a senior is pretty special to me,” said Wiley afterwards.
“He worked so hard this summer. He smiles all the time, never complains. To be able to get him some points is awesome. That’s what coaching is for. He’s got a memory for the rest of his life,” said NS coach David Stuckey.
Coach also plans to help other members of the team get into the end zone. “We still have to get Brenden Miles a touchdown. We’ve got a couple more opportunities. We try to get the ball spread to everybody.”
On defense, Riley Greening attacked the Aggie’s offense until the last down.
Immediately after the ball was turned over, Lunsford made his fourth touchdown and the Raiders final touchdown.
“We came out tonight wanting to be focused and work on executing and maintaining our blocks. The officials said we did a good job getting proper positioning. We had a couple hustle penalties, but I don’t mind hustle penalties when our guys are trying to make extra blocks for their teammates. I feel like we accomplished quite a bit this game. We were able to execute our offense to full efficiency.”
The Raiders will travel to Schuyler County on Friday.