SHELBYVILLE - A week ago they took what seemed to be a one-team race and put themselves into it.
A 17-14 win over previously unbeaten Pendleton Heights-who had just upended rival New Palestine for the first time in a decade-put Shelbville into a three-way tie for first place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
It was also significant considering the Bears lost their first two games of the season to Greensburg and Franklin.
But as they were in Week four with the Arabians, Greenfield-Central was to the Bears in Week Five as the Cougars stormed out to an early lead to pull off the conference upset 42-27 on Friday night.
It gave Greenfield-Central their second victory over the season while knocking Shelbyville out of the top of the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Right now that is a two-way tie between Mount Vernon-who beat Pendleton Heights on the road 58-26-and Delta-who beat Yorkville 28-9 on the road Friday night.
The Cougars looked like they might belong there with a first 15 minutes to remember against the Bears. After a defensive stoop, Derek Conley took the team down the field and scored when he called his own number on a sweeps to the outside for the 20-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Conley would get the ball back deep in Shelbyville territory thanks to a muffed punt by the Bears and he took advantage. On fourth down he looked to the corner of the endzone for Alex Felts, who leaped and got both feet in for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
Brent Boles Lattimore would add more in a big way in the second, taking a sweep back inside for a 90-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0.
Shelbyville would rally for two consecutive touchdowns to get the lead to seven but Greenfield-Central came alive on offense after that and outscored the Bears 21-6 to end the game and pull the conference upset.
The Cougars will face Rushville at home next Friday night while the Bears will try to rebound against conference leading Mount Vernon at the same date and time.
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