Dakota Waggoner

Franklin County's Dakota Waggoner, carrying the ball, fights through a tackle attempt from a defender during a game Thursday against Shelbyville Central High School. Waggoner had a rushing touchdown in the 43-14 loss.

The Franklin County Rebels lost to the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles 43-14 at home Thursday for their fifth loss of the season.

The Rebels took an early lead before the Golden Eagles scored 35 straight points to put the contest out of reach and eliminate Franklin County from the playoff race.

Franklin County head football coach Cary "Mac" McCurry said that the game came down to two major recurring issues for his team.

"It was another one of those games where if it could go wrong, then it did go wrong," McCurry said. "The story of our entire season is turnovers and getting beat on the long ball. We played well up front defensively like we have in a few games, but then we get beat by the long ball."

The Rebels opened the game by recovering an onside kick, but they would turn the ball over on downs shortly after.

The next drive for Franklin County would be more successful as Isaiah Sisk connected with Mason Mitchell on a long pass to move the ball into the red zone.

Dakota Waggoner ran the ball into the end zone for the Rebels shortly after to make it 7-0 with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Rebels held Shelbyville scoreless in the opening quarter, but the Golden Eagles got their offense rolling with a touchdown less than one minute into the second quarter.

The Rebels threw an interception on their next drive, and the Golden Eagles scored again on the next play from scrimmage to make it 14-7.

The onslaught by the Golden Eagles continued as a fumble by the Rebels was scooped up and returned for a touchdown to make it 21-7 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Golden Eagles added another touchdown on a long pass with six minutes remaining in the half to stretch the deficit to 21 points.

The Rebels trailed 28-7 at halftime.

The Golden Eagles tacked on a rushing touchdown with five minutes remaining in the third quarter to make it 35-7.

The Rebels were able to get their offense going on the next drive as they pushed the ball down the field and scored on a run by Tahj Taylor to make it 35-14 in the final seconds of the third quarter.

However, the Golden Eagles added one more touchdown with 10 minutes remaining to bring the deficit back up to 43-14.

The Rebels were not able to score again as they lost by 29.

Isaiah Sisk completed 19 passes in the game for a total of 219 yards.

Mason Mitchell was a major factor in the passing game with eight catches for 114 yards.

Waggoner had 15 carries for 64 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards.

Marquice Toliver had two catches for 25 yards while Na'Zaiyah Holman and Dylan Grimes caught three passes each for 25 and 22 yards, respectively.

With the loss, the Rebels moved to 4-5 on the season and 0-4 in regional play.

They will next play Nov. 1 at Page High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Page Patriots are undefeated in regional play, but McCurry pointed to a recent win by the Rebels against Lipscomb Academy as a confidence builder for his roster going into the final week.

"We've beaten a good team already this year that has beaten Page by 10 points," McCurry said. "Why shouldn't we be able to play with (Page)? You've got to give them some hope after a defeat of that magnitude."

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