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Decatur football shuts out Easton, 17-0, on homecoming

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli The Stephen Decatur offense lines up ready to go during last Friday’s homecoming game against Easton. Decatur won 17-0.

(Oct. 20, 2017) The Stephen Decatur football team shut out the Easton Warriors, 17-0, on homecoming night in Berlin last Friday.

“I’m glad the kids were able to get a homecoming victory,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve won on homecoming.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Decatur senior kicker John Ford successfully made a 29-yard field goal to give his team a 3-0 lead nine minutes before halftime. Senior captain Tah’Jeem Woodland scored from three yards out with 5:51 on the clock. Ford kicked the extra point and the Seahawks pulled ahead, 10-0.

Woodland ran the ball 85 yards into the end zone with seven minutes left in the third quarter to increase Decatur’s advantage to 17-0.

Woodland rushed 17 times, racking up 169 yards. Sophomore Devin Waters tallied 69 yards on nine carries.

Knox praised Decatur’s defensive performance holding Easton scoreless.

“The defense played outstanding,” Knox said. “They were well prepared, they played hard, they swarmed the ball. We hope to get another performance like that this week.”

Sophomore Dacameron McAfee led the Decatur defense with 13 tackles. Four of them led to Easton loss of yardage and one was a quarterback sack. He also blocked an Easton field-goal attempt.

Juniors Ty’Quan Briddell and Cameron Bradshaw made seven tackles each. Senior Shea Griffin recorded five tackles.

Knox said cornerbacks, senior Montrel Moore and junior Shamar Briddell did a great job. They held Easton’s receivers, who where taller and faster, to no receptions.

While the Decatur defense was stellar, the offense was sporadic, Knox said, “as it has been all season.”

“But, the offense did enough when it was needed to win the game,” he said.

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