An effective running game and a play-making defense has Shelbyville off to its best start since 2009.
And despite Greenfield-Central’s recent struggles, the coach of the Golden Bears expects a stiff challenge Friday at Cougar Stadium.
Shelbyville sits at 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play after its 38-21 win over Pendleton Heights in Week 4. Along with New Palestine (2-0) and Yorktown (2-0), the Golden Bears are one of three teams unblemished in conference play.
In the victory over PH, sophomore running back DeShaun French delivered his third 100-yard performance of the year, gaining a season-best 197 yards on 22 carries. He added three touchdowns on the ground and an 80-yard kick off return score — accounting for all four of Shelbyville’s first-half TDs in what was just his fourth varsity game.
Through four games, French — a state finals qualifier in the 110 hurdles last spring — has 528 yards on the ground, the same total as the team’s quarterback, Jake Laker. Laker, who has a team-high eight rushing touchdowns, gained over half his yards in a Week 3 win over Muncie South. The senior ran for 267 yards on 16 totes.
“We’ve been doing a lot of good things,” said Patrick Parks, now in his 19th year at Shelbyville. “Our offense is clicking. Our quarterback, Jake Laker, and our running back, DeShaun French, have been running the ball well behind a good offensive line that’s coming together.”