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Copes’ three TDs lead Decatur team past Wi-Hi, 29-8

(Oct. 25, 2013) Senior P.J. Copes led the Stephen Decatur football team with three touchdowns last Thursday against the Wi-Hi Indians in Salisbury. The visiting Seahawks won the game 29-8 and improved their record to 4-3.

“We played well on the offensive side of the ball. We played hard, we were aggressive, we were disciplined and we didn’t turn the ball over,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “On defense, we played well enough to win. The effort was good, we just missed too many tackles. On a couple of third downs we stepped up and held them.”

Decatur junior quarterback Justin Meekins and Copes pushed the Seahawks to a 13-0 first-quarter lead.

Copes scored his second touchdown of the night just before halftime. The Seahawks went into the break ahead 20-0. They added a safety in the third quarter to gain a 22-0 advantage.

Wi-Hi (2-5) came back with eight in the fourth quarter to cut Decatur’s lead to 14. Copes ran the ball 35 yards in the final minutes to secure the victory.

Copes rushed 18 times, racking up 138 yards. Senior Demond Henry ran the ball 11 times for 122 yards. Andrew Borradaile, a senior, rushed six times for 40 yards.

Meekins was 3-for-7 passing for 47 yards. He totaled 25 yards on four rushes.

Leading the Decatur defense was sophomore Dryden Brous with 11 tackles and one sack. Borradaile chipped in on the defensive end with nine tackles and senior Chase Sams had eight tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery. Sophomore Gus Esham made six tackles and sacked the Wi-Hi quarterback twice.

The James M. Bennett Clippers (2-5) will come to Berlin tonight,  Friday. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

For Decatur to be successful, Knox said his players must stop the Clippers’ top players, be disciplined, not turn the ball over, play every play like its their last and be physical.

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