Shattuck shuts down Tyrone 48-0
Friday, 22 October 2010 15:08
By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
Shattuck still has that mystique. But when you’re “heart and soul” is carted off in an ambulance with a neck injury, it’s hard for even the best team to stay focused.
The Tyrone Bobcats found that out the hard way last night when leading rusher Travis Shield went down with a neck injury in the first half of a 48-0 loss to the Indians.
“They did some tests and the doctors looked at it and they kind of had different opinions,” said Tyrone head coach Josh Bell. “We’ll get a second opinion Monday.”
Regardless of the prognosis, Shield is probably out at least a week.
“We don’t know,” Bell said. “We’ll wait and see what the doctors say. He had feeling, it was precautionary but they took him in because he was having some pain in the back of his neck.”
Shattuck opened the game, scoring on its first possession for an 8-0 lead. Tyrone (5-3) was driving before throwing an interception. That turned into a 16-0 Indians lead.
Tyrone got to the Shattuck 45 when Shield got hurt.
“After he went down, that was kind of the heart and soul of the team a little bit,” Bell said. “The younger kids stepped up and played hard, but their heads were with Travis.”
Quarterback Tyler Lai got rattled, as well.
“A lot of young kids had to come in an play,” Bell said. “But when you’re playing a team like Shattuck with young kids, it doesn’t take long to get carried away.”
The Bobcats travel to Sharon-Mutual next Friday for what will be one of the biggest games in recent Tyrone memory. A win and the Bobcats’ playoff chances improve immensely. A loss, and Tyrone things get very difficult.
“We still have a lot to play for,” Bell said.
Sharon-Mutual downed Boise City 52-6 last night out in the far western Panhandle.
“They’re no pushover,” Bell said. “They’re tough. We’ve got to get our heads back on right, go down there and try to get one because we need that one if we want to secure our spot in the playoffs.”
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