Fateful fourth quarter costs Decatur game

Fateful fourth quarter costs Decatur game

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor


Decatur Coach Bob Knox Decatur Coach Bob Knox(Oct. 26, 2012) Seventeen unanswered points in the fourth quarter cost the Stephen Decatur football team the lead, and ultimately the game, on the road last Thursday against the North Caroline Bulldogs.

Leading 12-7 at the close of the third quarter, Decatur fell lackluster in the final 12 minutes. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, picked up momentum and went on to earn a 24-12 comefrom behind victory in Ridgely, Md.

“We had five turnovers and they had one, and we dropped at least four touchdown passes. You can’t do that and win against a decent team,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “We just made too many mistakes in the game.”

North Caroline intercepted a pass by Decatur senior quarterback Collin Macomber and scored with about five minutes left in the first quarter.

On the Seahawks’ next possession, junior Andrew Borradaile ran the ball four yards into the end zone to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to one.

The visiting team pulled ahead 12-7 late in the third quarter, when Macomber scored.

The Bulldogs’ 17-0 run in the final 12 minutes put them over the top by 12 points.

“We pass protected really well and at times we ran the ball decently and we stopped them a number of times, but we didn’t tackle very well,” Knox said.

Borradaile led the Decatur offense, running the ball six times for 53 yards. As a team, Decatur tallied 116 yards on 28 carries. Macomber was 11-for- 28, throwing for 128 yards.

Knox said junior Chase Sams played his best game of the season; he made 19 tackles. Borradaile recorded 11 tackles.

After three games on the road, the Seahawks will compete at home today against the Wi-Hi Indians at 6 p.m.

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