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Decatur falls to KI in Seahawks’ homecoming game

(Oct. 3, 2014) Each week, Stephen Decatur football Coach Bob Knox says the Seahawks must play hard for four quarters, all 48 minutes, to be successful.

The Berlin squad has struggled to do that.

“We did the same thing we always do…we play hard for a long time then we take time off,” Knox said after Decatur’s 35-19 homecoming loss to the Kent Island Buccaneers last Friday. “We played well for three quarters and then we took the fourth quarter off, or we coasted. It’s frustrating, seeing as how we played well for three quarters. And, we made some mistakes. We have mental lapses and those are hard to break them of.”

Senior Sam Coates ran the ball 44 yards to give Decatur a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The visiting Buccaneers pulled ahead 7-6 in the second quarter.

Decatur senior Matt LeCompte returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 90 yards and senior Austin Dundore’s PAT was good. Kent Island answered a few minutes later to gain a 14-13 advantage.

The Buccaneers scored three times in the fourth quarter to take a 35-13 lead.

Decatur senior quarterback Justin Meekins hit R.J. Hayman, a senior, in the final minutes. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Meekins rushed 10 times for 75 yards. Hayman caught four passes for 45 yards.

The Decatur defense was led by Coates, Hayman, sophomore Ed Zonnak and senior Jeremiah Purnell.

“It’s back to the drawing board this week. I think we have a good plan to beat Easton,” Knox said Tuesday night. “They’re extremely athletic. Our plan is to slow the game down, run the ball and run the ball some more.”

Decatur will travel to Easton tonight, Friday, to play the Warriors at 6:30 p.m.

To come away with a victory, Knox said the Seahawks must “be physical, be able to down block and tackle better.”

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. Week 4 winner is senior Matt LeCompte. On hand for the recent presentation, from left, are Coach Bob Knox, LeCompte and Earl Conley of the Bank of Ocean City.

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