(Sept. 26, 2014) When asked about last Friday’s football game against the Cambridge Vikings, Stephen Decatur Coach Bob Knox said it was “not pretty.”
“The offense scored 62 points the previous two games (21 against Indian River and 41 against Queen Anne’s), but it was pretty much nonexistent Friday,” Knox said after Decatur’s 21-0 loss. “We didn’t have the effort or technique we needed to be successful.”
With different assignments to cater to Cambridge, Knox said special teams were “a disaster.”
On the other hand, Knox thought the Decatur defense played well, led by linebackers Ernest Shockley, a junior, and senior Brandon McKenzie; safety, Matt LeCompte, a senior, and junior Gus Esham (defensive end).
“The defense played their butts off,” Knox said.
The game was scoreless at the end of the first quarter. The visiting Vikings scored twice in the second quarter to lead 14-0 at halftime.
A little over two minutes into the third quarter, Cambridge blocked a Decatur punt and capitalized to pull ahead 21-0.
“We’re young and the kids are learning every week,” Knox said. “One thing that’s comforting is that we have a lot of young kids who never played varsity football before, but they’re learning what it takes to be a varsity football player.”
Decatur’s homecoming game is tonight, at 6 p.m. against the top-ranked team in the Bayside Conference, the Kent Island Buccaneers.
“I told the kids ‘it’s Dave against Goliath and we’re David. We have the support of the fans and they’ve got to give everything they have on every play,’” Knox said. “They need to be physical and be discipline and good things will happen.”
Fireworks will be shot off during halftime and after the game. The homecoming king and queen will be recognized during the halftime break.