(Sept. 19, 2014) The Stephen Decatur football team chipped away at the Queen Anne’s Lions’ lead late in the game, but the deficit was too much for the visiting Seahawks to come back from.
“No. 1. We didn’t quit. No. 2. We had some lapses where we didn’t play well and we disappeared,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox after the Seahawks’ 56-41 loss.
Decatur struck first last Friday in Centreville. From 12 yards out, senior quarterback Justin Meekins threw to Sam Coates, a senior, for the touchdown.
The Lions pulled ahead 8-7 then 15-7 with about four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Just before the end of the quarter, Meekins rushed 20 yards and scored. The extra-point kick was blocked.
Junior Dryden Brous gave Decatur a 19-15 lead with an 82-yard run to start the second quarter. The PAT was again blocked.
The home team scored three times in the second quarter to go into halftime on top, 36-19.
“We were up 19-15, then we had some lapses and made some mistakes and we blinked and they were ahead, 36-19,” Knox said.
Queen Anne’s increased its advantage to 42-19 in the third quarter.
About three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Lions tacked on seven additional points to lead, 49-19.
Meekins got the Decatur offense going again, scoring on a 58-yard run. The two-point conversion was successful with just under seven minutes to play.
Queen Anne’s jumped in front 56-27 minutes later, but Decatur continued to fight.
Meekins hit senior Matt LeCompte with a 23-yard pass for a touchdown and the Seahawks capitalized on the two-point conversion attempt. Sophomore Dontae Baines scored to cut the Lions’ lead to 15, but it was the last time Decatur would put points on the board.
“They’ve got to be focused enough to play 48 minutes and the defense has to tackle better,” Knox said. “We have a lot of young kids and they’ve had to grow up in a hurry. It’s a much bigger jump from JV football to varsity football than any other sport. It’s so much faster and so much more physical.”
Meekins carried 10 times for 133 yards. He was 11-for-16 passing for 104 yards.
Junior De’Quan Andrews racked up 100 yards on five rushes. Brous ran the ball six times, tallying 99 yards. LeCompte caught three passes for 42 yards.
The Decatur defense was led by Brous and juniors Gus Esham and Ernest Shockley.
The Cambridge Vikings will come to Berlin today, Friday, for a 6 p.m. match-up with Decatur.
“They’re very athletic and very fast,” Knox said. “We’ve got to play for four quarters and we’ve got to be physical.”