Shelby-Rising City used a potent passing attack, a ball-control offense and a stout second-half defense to improve to 6-0 and earn a 26-8 road victory over Twin River last week.
Bailey Belt was a very efficient 15 of 26 through the air and threw four touchdown passes while the offense held the ball for nearly 10 minutes more of possession time and the Husky defense created three turnovers.
Shelby-Rising City scored the first two touchdowns of the game, allowed a second-quarter Twin River touchdown but then found the end zone twice more times in the second half.
The Huskies scored on three plays longer than 20 yards and held a 338-201 advantage in total offense.
Shelby-Rising City is now 6-0 on the season and remained at No. 6 in the Lincoln Journal Star ratings. The Huskies are also tops in the Class C-2 wildcard points standings.
Perhaps most importantly of all, S-RC is one of only two teams unbeaten in the C-2 District 4 standings. Aquinas at 5-1 overall is also 2-0 in district play.
Shelby-Rising City is back home this week against No. 10 Centennial then ends the regular season at 5-1 North Bend and No. 4 Aquinas.
S-RC opened the scoring on Friday with Jett Pinneo's first touchdown catch of the night. The senior finished with 107 yards on six catches, scoring his first touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Belt in the first quarter.
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The two-point conversion failed and the Huskies led 6-0. They made it 12-0 in the second when Pinneo caught a 27-yard pass.
Carter Frenzen then hit Mason Tenski from 17-yards out and Chase Buhl carried the ball for the conversion and it was quickly 12-8 following Twin River's first points of the game.
It would be all S-RC would allow.
Grady Belt caught Bailey Belt's third touchdown pass of the night for an 18-8 lead in the third then Pinneo hit the trifecta with his third score on a 40-yard pass and Bailey Belt converted the try for the final points of the night in the fourth quarter.
The Shelby-Rising City defense held Twin River to just 84 rushing yards on 35 carries, an average of only 2.4 yards per carry, and limited the Titan passing attack to 7 for 22, 117 yards and picked off two passes.
But maybe the statistic of the night was the Huskies' effectiveness on fourth down. S-RC went 4 for 6 in those scenarios, keeping drives alive that led to points, and eventually the victory.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.