CARMI — Six-foot freshman Kentrell Beck caught five passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and the Shelbyville defense sacked Jake Simon six times Saturday as the Rams belted homestanding Carmi-White County 48-6 in the Class 2A playoffs.
Shelbyville (7-3) scored 30 points in the second quarter, the most ever given up by a Carmi team in a single quarter in its history.
The Rams move on to face second-seeded Mendon Unity (10-0) in the second round. The game will be played at Shelbyville.
Coach Kurt Simon’s Bulldogs ended their season at 7-3.
Carmi-White County’s lone score came early in the second when senior quarterback Jake Simon connected with Justice Stubblefield for a 14-yard touchdown. At that time, CWC trailed only 8-6.
But over the next nine-plus minutes, Beck caught touchdown passes of 23 and 22 yards from junior quarterback Turner Pullen, junior Mason Cameron caught a six-yarder and Pullen added a four-yard TD run to break the game open.
Shelbyville then scored on its opening possession of the third to activate the continuous clock. The Rams added a safety on a bad snap on a punt attempt late in the fourth.
Pullen was 13-for-19 for 198 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. He also added 45 yards and one TD on the ground. Seven different Shelbyville players caught at least one pass in the game.
Sophomore Cade Helton recorded three of the Rams’ six sacks.
J. Simon finished 5-for-17 for 65 yards and one TD through the air for Carmi. Senior Andrew Burnett led the Bulldogs on the ground with 57 yards on 15 carries. Senior Braxton Williams recorded a team-high 11 tackles.