Cougars snap three-game skid; seize HHC helmet

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SHELBYVILLE — The Greenfield-Central football team extended “nine minutes of hell” into a world of hurt for Shelbyville on Friday night.

In the process, the visiting Cougars took possession of the Hoosier Heritage Conference’s traveling helmet trophy for what is believed to be the first time in program history.

G-C dominated Shelbyville 42-27, leading by as much as 42-14 late in the third quarter.

Derek Conley threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and returned a kickoff for a fourth score to help the Cougars (2-3, 1-2 HHC) reverse what had been an ugly three-game slide.

Conley, G-C’s senior quarterback, said the turnaround actually started last Saturday near the end of a 31-14 loss to Yorktown at Lucas Oil Stadium when the Cougars registered two late touchdowns to avoid a shutout.

“Coach said to give ’em nine minutes of hell (against Yorktown), and we did — and we did it for 42 minutes tonight,” Conley said. “We just had a great week of practice.

“We were on a losing streak and wanted to get that bad taste out of our mouths.”

The Cougars were clearly geared up to face Shelbyville (2-3, 2-1 HHC), which was fresh off a HHC helmet-grabbing win over Pendleton Heights in last Saturday’s first game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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