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Decatur football squad shuts out Snow Hill, 49-0

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: SUBMITTED PHOTO The Bank of Ocean City sponsors the Stephen Decatur High School football team and following each game, a most valuable player is chosen. As part of its annual $500 pledge, the bank makes a donation to the Stephen Decatur High School Athletic Boosters in that player’s name. Senior captain Tah’Jeem Woodland was named Week 10 MVP. It is the fifth time he has been chosen this season – a record for the BOC MVP award. He had six touchdowns during last Friday’s game against Snow Hill. He racked up 204 yards from scrimmage, scoring three touchdowns. He also had three punt returns for touchdowns, the shortest was 50 yards and longest was over 80 yards. Decatur won 49-0. Pictured, from left, are Coach Bob Knox, Woodland and Caleb Miller from the Bank of Ocean City.

(Nov. 10, 2017) The Stephen Decatur football team ended the season on a high note, shutting out its Worcester County rival, the Snow Hill Eagles, 49-0, last Friday.

Senior captain Tah’Jeem Woodland scored six of the Seahawks’ seven touchdowns. It was the second time this season he had six touchdowns in a game. The first was on Sept. 15 when Decatur outscored Washington, 49-14.

Last Friday in Snow Hill, Woodland started off the scoring with a 50-yard punt return to give Decatur a 7-0 lead. He ran the ball into the end zone two more times in the first quarter to boost the Seahawks’ advantage to 21-0. At halftime, the Berlin squad was on top, 35-0.

Woodland made it 42-0 in the third quarter. Sophomore Devin Waters finished the scoring for Decatur.

“It was a nice way to end the season for the kids. They went out and took care of business,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “I thought they played really well. It was a good way to send off the seniors. If we played that well in a couple other games, I think we would have won a few more.”

Woodland racked up 204 yards on 11 carries in his final game. This was his first year as a member of the football team.

“He’s an electric player. His performance put a nice topping on the season he’s had,” Knox said. “Other coaches have said they had to come up with a plan to stop him from beating them because how dangerous he is…Him having the ball in his hands was the best thing we did all year.”

Decatur finished the season with a 4-6 record with Knox back on the sidelines. Knox, head coach of the team for three decades, decided to step down for the 2016 season to be with his family as his 3-year-old grandson, Eli Knox-Tadli, underwent treatment. He was diagnosed last year with a rare and aggressive brain cancer called Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT).

Although this season had its ups and downs, Knox enjoyed being back with his players, rekindling relationships and building new ones, he said.

While the team will graduate a handful of major contributors, a good nucleus will return next season, Knox said.

For the underclassmen, he hopes the excitement of winning the last game of the year will carry into the offseason.

“It gives them some incentive, motivation to work in the offseason,” he said. “It makes a better atmosphere in the weight room [during off-season training] that we won.”

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