Golden Lions snap rare three-game winning streak with home victory

SHELBY - Rivalry high school football often lends itself to unexpected outcomes.

That was the case Friday as Shelby snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-23 home win over previously unbeaten Kings Mountain at Blanton Memorial Stadium.

"We've had a rough couple of weeks," said Shelby coach Lance Ware, whose program's three-game losing streak was its longest since 2012. "We're not used to this (losing) so it had been tough on us. That's why this is such a great team win."

Shelby fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter but never trailed after scoring late in the first quarter. The Golden Lions were outgained 313 to 207 but forced four Kings Mountain turnovers and made big plays when they needed them most.

 

Turning point:

The first Kings Mountain turnover, a fumble at its own 38, was quickly turned into what gave Shelby the lead for good. Donye Fuller's first of two touchdowns - a 5-yard scoring run with 2:29 left in the first quarter - capped a three-play, 38-yard drive.

"It's pretty simple: This game boiled down to turnovers," Kings Mountain coach Greg Lloyd said. "We made four. They made none. Shelby gets the credit for that."

 

Star of the game:

Shelby quarterback Isaiah Bess completed 10 of 20 throws for 177 yards and one touchdown, but no completion was bigger than his 36-yarder to Fuller with the Golden Lions facing second-and-19 from their own 13 after Kings Mountain had closed within 21-16 late in the third quarter.

 

Notes:

Rains from edge of Hurricane Florence reached Shelby late in the first half and sent many fans on both sides scurrying to the exits for panchos and umbrellas. Rain and mist continued into the second half but had stopped by game's end....

Shelby leads the all-time series that began in 1923 by a 74-18-5 margin and has won eight straight games overall and 15 straight at home dating to 1986....

Shelby senior defensive back Dorian Davis, who has committed to play at James Madison next season, had two of the Golden Lions' four turnovers and had primary coverage duties on Kings Mountain's highly-recruited Kobe Paysour. Davis intercepted one pass and returned a Paysour fumble eight yards for Shelby's last touchdown....

Kings Mountain junior running back Ricaylen Mack played for the first time since the season opener due to a sprained knee injury he suffered in the Mountaineers' Aug. 24 season opener against South Caldwell. Mack rushed 14 times for 64 yards....

Mountaineers quarterback Kaylon Wade rushed 16 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 35 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown.

 

What's next: Shelby (2-3) is off next. Kings Mountain (3-1) hosts Stuart Cramer in its Big South 3A Conference opener.