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SD football team shuts out Arcadia in opener

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 07, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Decatur senior quarterback Dominic Klebe holds the ball while senior John Ford kicks an extra point during Friday’s game against Arcadia in Berlin. Ford was successful on all six of his kicks.

(Sept. 8, 2017) The Stephen Decatur football team started the 2017 season off with a bang, shutting out the Arcadia Firebirds, 42-0, last Friday at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin.

“It was a great way to start the season,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “I think they showed flashes of what they are capable of. I don’t think we played up to our potential on every play.

“We can still get better. We’re trying to improve each week,” he continued. It’s good for the kids to win the first game of the season because of what they went through last year.”

The Seahawks struggled in 2016, going 0-9 before winning their final game of the season.

“They didn’t want to go through that again,” Knox said. “They were excited. Thrilled.”

Senior Tah’jeem Woodland ran the ball 70 yards for a touchdown with 5:29 left in the first quarter. Senior John Ford’s kick was good and Decatur led 7-0.

Senior Hayden Frazier’s 57-yard touchdown and Ford’s kick extended the home team’s advantage to 14-0 with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter.

From the one-yard line, senior Tony Mills carried the ball into the end zone with 3:43 on the clock. Ford made the extra point. At halftime, Decatur was on top 21-0.

Senior fullback Billy Wheatley scored from seven yards out midway into the third quarter. Ford was successful and Decatur pulled ahead 28-0. With 3:53 remaining in the third quarter, Woodland rushed 30 yards for a touchdown.

Mills tallied his second touchdown for the Seahawks in the fourth quarter.

“Our offense got better as the game went on and got more comfortable,” Knox said. “Three kids rushed for over 100 yards. Our passing game has to get better.”

Frazier rushed five times for 105 yards. Woodland racked up 108 yards on six carries. Mills rushed seven times recording 104 yards. As a team, Decatur tallied 346 yards on 38 offensive plays, Knox said.

“Our offensive line is totally new except for one player. I hope we keep progressing in a positive way,” Knox said.

He was impressed with the performance of the Decatur defense.

“They came out, they swarmed to the ball, they played with intensity and with a sense of urgency,” Knox said. “They wanted to dominate and stop the other team.”

Junior Sam Todd sacked the Arcadia quarterback twice. Junior JJ Purnell made six tackles, Wheatley had five and freshman Zion Shockley recorded four and a sack.

Decatur will host the Wicomico Indians at 6 p.m. today, Friday.

“We’ve got to be physical and we’ve got to be disciplined and finish every play,” Knox said. “We’ve got to play with a motor, which means from whistle to whistle.”

 

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