By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE - Cannon County has mixed results in its two quarters of play in the Pencil City Jamboree at Shelbyville Friday (Aug. 15).
The Lions were shut out 8-0 in one quarter of action against Community, and they suffered a 14-6 setback against Shelbyville in its second quarter of play.
“The main thing was getting on the field under the lights and in front of a big crowd,” Lions Head Coach T.J. Daniel said. “There is always going to be jitters early so it’s good to get a jamboree to try and get those out of the way.”
Community had no problem moving the ball on Cannon County’s first team defense. The Lions surrendered a 13-play, 84-yard drive for a score on Community’s first possession
Community’s second drive stalled when Forrest Mason hauled in an interception at the 1-yard line.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Walkup was 3-for-4 for 73 yards, including a 50-yard aerial to senior Wilder Mankin, who had two receptions for 70 yards. Ethan Smith had the other catch.
In its second quarter of play, Shelbyville went on top 14-0 before second-team quarterback Jake Walkup scored on a quarterback keeper to pull the Lions to within 14-6. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
“We did some good things but we saw areas where we need to keep working and improve throughout this coming week,” Daniel said. “We had some breakdowns but the big thing is we protected the football and we didn’t have costly penalties. We just have to keep working and improving.”