by Craig Beilfuss
LocalSportsJournal.comMason County Central and Shelby both entered Week 5 seeking their first wins of the season.

The Spartans walked away more than satisfied, topping the Tigers 50-0.

MCC took advantage of four second-quarter Shelby turnovers and made quick work of the Tigers before a large homecoming crowd.

“Turnovers were a major part of the game tonight”, said MCC head coach Scott Briggs, whose team played just its second game of the season due to COVID-19 and low numbers.

The four Tiger turnovers led to 36 second-quarter points, giving the Spartans a commanding 44-0 halftime lead.

“This was a big game for us in respect that it gets us going in the right direction,” said Briggs. “It is a big shot in the arm. I thought our offensive and defensive lines played great.”

The lack of offense and turnovers continued for the young Shelby squad.

“There are not many teams that can overcome four turnovers in a quarter,” said first-year Shelby head coach Phil Fortier. “We must take better care of the football. Our coaching staff, players, and managers, must be committed to improving this week. We refuse to give in.”

MCC racked up 324 total yards in offense, while Shelby mustered up 18 total yards of offense.

The Spartans rushed for 274 yards, led by senior running back Ethan Wood with 94 yards on 13 carries, including two touchdowns. Senior Xander Gajeski ran for 39 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.

The Spartan defense was led by senior Raiden Keefer with four tackles.

Shelby was led on defense by Cade Clement, Travis Boughan and Marco Garcia, who each recorded five tackles.

MCC will travel next Thursday evening to Manistee, while Shelby (0-5 overall, 0-3 in conference play) will host Montague next Friday.

Check out photos from the action shot by Andy Fortie.