The Shelbyville Dragons and Garrison Bulldogs met at Dragon Stadium on a hot dry Friday night and when the dust had settled the Dragons had come away with a 31 to 22 victory.
The Bulldogs scored first on their second possession of the game when Bulldog quarterback Andrew Russell ran the ball in from 3 yards out. The two point PAT was good and the Bulldogs led 8 to 0.
The Dragons got on the board at the 5:24 mark of the second quarter when Dragon quarterback C.J. Watson connected with receiver Dyqavion Mallard on a 16 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good and the Bulldogs led 8 to 6. Following a Dragon recovery of a Bulldog fumble on the next kickoff the Dragons scored quickly when Octavian Burrell broke 42 yards through the middle of the Bulldog defense for a touchdown with 4:57 left in the second quarter. When the PAT was no good the Dragons led 12 to 8.
With 6:55 left in the third quarter following an eleven play drive Octavian Burrell went in from 3 yards out for the Dragons. C.J. Watson PAT kick was good and the Dragons led 19 to 8. On the Dragon’s next possession they drove the ball down the field only to turn it over on downs inside the Bulldog one yard line. Three plays later; however, Dyqavion Mallard recovered a Bulldog fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. The PAT was no good and the Dragons led 25 to 8 at the 2:00 mark of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs score again with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter when Rodney Bass ran it in from 12 yards out. After the PAT the Dragons led 25 to 15. The Dragons scored again with 2:19 to go in the fourth quarter when Octavian Burrell popped through from 4 yards out. With the PAT no good the Dragons led 31 to 15.
The final score of the night came as time expired in the game when Bulldog quarterback Andrew Russell scampered in from 21 yards out. With the PAT good the final score was Shelbyville Dragons 31 Garrison Bulldogs 22.
According to a forum on Smoaky.com, the Dragons' 31-22 win over the Bulldogs marks the first time since 1988 for the Dragons to defeat the Bulldogs in varsity football. The score in 1988 was 0 to 12 Dragons.