The top-ranked Shelby Golden Lions took charge early and rolled to a 50-0 victory over West Lincoln Friday night at Douglas C. Leonhardt Memorial Stadium.
The host Rebels never did get on track as Shelby (7-1, 4-0) used its size, speed and tough defense to post the shutout.
The Golden Lions scored on their first play from scrimmage when senior halfback Van Eskridge raced 52 yards to the end zone.
The Rebels were unable to move the football on their first possession, and after a Rebel punt, Shelby went on a 12-play scoring drive that ended on Terrell Gullatteâ€™s two-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first quarter, the Rebel defense kept Shelby out of the end zone for the first time, forcing the Golden Lions to settle for Doug Spadaâ€™s 26-yard field goal.
At the10:26 mark in the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Darryl Montgomery hooked up with Eskridge on a 78-yard touchdown pass to extend the Shelby lead to 23-0.
The Rebels finally mounted a threat later in the same period when senior running back Will Tallent hit Heath Cole with a 58-yard pass completion deep in Shelby territory. However, West Lincoln blew the scoring opportunity by turning the ball over on a fumble.
The Golden Lions answered quickly after the turnover, marching 92 yards in five plays. Tavorris Jolly capped the drive with a 16-yard run to make the score 30-0.
On the Rebelsâ€™ next possession, Shelby`s Terrence Norris picked off a pass and ran 50 yards for another touchdown.
The Golden Lions scored again before the half on a one-yard run by Aresnio Parks.
After a scoreless third quarter, Shelby tacked on a late touchdown on a three-yard run by Preston Roseboro to produce the final score.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Rebels (4-4, 0-4 Midwest 2A), who play their final home game this week against Bandys.by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce