GREENFIELD — On a night when its 1973 Class 2A state champions were honored, the Greenfield-Central football program sought to put forth its own winning effort.
But despite their best performance since Week 1, the 2013 Cougars fell short in a 14-6 loss to Shelbyville on Friday.
If not for Jake Laker, G-C might have been able to end a three-game losing streak, and keep a three-game win streak against Shelbyville going. But the Golden Bears’ senior quarterback, who rushed for 187 of his team’s 242 yards, registered an 8-yard touchdown run with six minutes, 47 seconds left in the game to give the visitors a final 14-6 advantage.
“He’s a talented athlete that can make a lot of things happen,” G-C coach Roger Dodson said. “He kind of took the game under his wing tonight and he was a difference maker. He took charge.”
Despite Laker’s prowess, Shelbyville was able to dent the Cougars’ defense only once in the first half, on an 8-yard run by Kyle Uhls. The score and ensuing extra point gave Shelbyville (4-1, 2-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) a 7-6 lead.