Shelby-Rising City Huskies

Shelby-Rising City football had no trouble improving to 2-0 on the season with a 44-6 road win over Sandy Creek.

The Huskies were at it right away, pouring on 22 points in the first half then taking a 22-6 lead into the final two quarters where they added 14 in the third and eight in the fourth.

In all facets, S-RC found success.

Quarterback Bailey Belt was 11 for 16 throwing with 139 yards and two touchdowns. Jett Pinneo was on the other end of seven of those throws, totaling 74 receiving yards and two scores. On the ground, Grady Belt amassed 135 of his team's 163 rushing yards and hit the end zone twice.

All together, S-RC piled up 452 yards of offense, average more than seven yards per play and gained 23 first downs.

Defensively, the Huskies made six tackles for loss and were led by Grand Lindsley, Quin Micek and Rowdy Truska with seven tackles each.

Truska also had a sack. Bailey Belt and Pinneo picked off passes.

"We really played well in the first quarter. I was proud of our focus all week in practice," coach Kevin Kopecky said in emailed comments. "We were ready to go to start the game.  We knew it was important to get off to a great start and win the turnover battle and we did both."

The blowout win comes after a tough, defensive slugfest the week before in a 7-3 victory over previously top-10 ranked Battle Creek.

The Huskies trailed in that one until a third-quarter touchdown and had to do most of their damage through the air with 179 yards passing by Belt.

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He now has 318 passing yards on the season and is hitting on 66 percent of his throws.

"He’s been very impressive," Kopecky said of Belt. "He sees the entire field really well and he has good arm strength. I’ve also been impressed with his leadership skills."

Grady Belt ran the ball just four times for 30 yards in Week 1 but found a more regular role in this week's game plan.

"He really stepped up when we had a few minor injuries," Kopecky said. "It was time to give him a shot at running back, and he really showed what he can do. He’s only a sophomore. He’s going to be a good one."

S-RC goes on the road again for Week 3 in a contest with 1-1 Johnson County Central. The Thunderbirds evened their record last week with a 38-13 win over Louisville.

North Bend handed JCC a season-opening loss the week before in a 32-21 Tiger win.

The Huskies return home Week 4 against Superior before starting the district schedule in a road game at Twin River.

"I don’t think you can say there’s been one key thing," Kopecky said about the 2-0 start to the year. "Our kids play well together, they know their assignments and responsibilities and they play hard."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.

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