SHELBYVILLE — Shelbyville erased the memory of Week 1's disappointing loss to Seneca quickly Friday as quarterback Kentrell Beck scored five first-half touchdowns for the Rams who beat Cerro Gordo/Bement 48-19 in a non-conference matchup.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
1. Kentrell Beck could be the most dangerous scorer in the H&R area this season.
Cerro Gordo (1-1) only allowed 12 points in their Week 1 victory over Sangamon Valley but Beck accounted for 30 points on his own in the first half. The first five times he ran the ball from option he scored five touchdowns and racked up 235 yards.
2. Who needs a passing game?
Shelbyville (1-1) threw just one pass in the first quarter (by backup Max Byers) and Beck didn't throw a pass until midway through the second quarter. Still, the Rams offense didn't miss a beat without a passing attack as runners Rope Hatfield and Josh Agin picked up the workload on the ground when Beck's carries fell off in the second half.
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3. Defenses had some great moments
Cerro Gordo junior corner Wesli Harper recovered a fumble out of the hands of a Shelbyville receiver and returned it more than 50 yards to the Shelbyville one-yard line to set up the Broncos first score.
For Shelbyville, senior lineman Braydon Smith and junior linebacker Karson "Rocket" Johnson are names the Rams' CIC opponents will certainly get to know well in the coming weeks.