Shelbyville finished off a four-game stretch against state-ranked opponents Friday with a 57-13 loss at Mt. Vernon.
The Marauders scored the first five touchdowns of the game in Fortville before the Golden Bears got on the scoreboard.
A Luke Jackson two-yard scoring run brought Shelbyville (1-7, 1-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference) within 34-6 after the extra-point kick attempt by Aiden Helfer-Vazquez was unsuccessful with 10:18 left in the second quarter.
The Class 4A, No. 13-ranked Marauders (5-3, 5-1 HHC), winners of four straight, added two more touchdowns and a Rylan Vinard 44-yard field goal to take a 51-6 lead into halftime.
Eli Chappelow (main photo) connected with Carson Linville for a 35-yard scoring strike midway through the fourth quarter to get the Golden Bears a second touchdown.
Mt. Vernon tacked on a late touchdown to close out the scoring.
Tre Jones had touchdown receptions of 11 and 43 yards from freshman quarterback Luke Ertel. The junior also had a 53-yard scoring run.
D.J. Johnson rushed for two touchdowns.
With the win, Mt. Vernon moved into second place in the HHC standings. The Marauders entered the game tied with Yorktown behind Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine, a 63-12 winner Friday over New Castle.
The Dragons clinched at least a share of the HHC title with the win.
Mt. Vernon can secure sole possession of second place in the standings with a win at Yorktown (6-2, 4-2 HHC), a 28-20 loser Friday at Pendleton Heights.
Shelbyville hosts Pendleton Heights (4-4, 3-3 HHC) in the final week of the regular season Friday at McKeand Stadium.
On Sunday at 5 p.m., the IHSAA will announce the complete postseason pairings for the 50th Annual Football State Tournament. The broadcast, hosted by Paul Lovell and Paul Condry, can be viewed exclusively at IHSAAtv.org.
Shelbyville will compete in Class 4A, Sectional 23 along with 4A No. 3 East Central (7-1), Bedford North Lawrence (4-4), 4A No. 8 Martinsville (6-2), Silver Creek (3-5), Edgewood (1-7), Jennings County (2-6) and Greenwood (1-7).
Steve Bush photos.