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Decatur fights to end, but falls to Indian River by 7

(Sept. 12, 2014) Trailing 14-0 to the Indian River Indians in the first quarter of last Friday’s season opener, the Stephen Decatur Seahawks battled back to even the score, but the home team came up short, 28-21.

“We didn’t quit. We continued to fight,” said Decatur football Coach Bob Knox.

The visiting Indians scored with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter. They pulled ahead 14-0 with 3:37 on the clock.

With just over three minutes to play before halftime, Decatur senior quarterback Justin Meekins handed the ball off to junior Dryden Brous who ran it into the end zone from 24 yards out. Senior Brandon McKenzie’s extra point kick was good.

Decatur tied it up 14-14 with 1:50 to play in the second quarter when Meekins saw senior R.J. Hayman in the end zone and fired the ball in his direction from 16 yards out. Hayman reached up and snatched the ball out of the air for the touchdown. McKenzie made the PAT.

A minute and a half into the third quarter, Indian River pulled ahead, 20-14. Brous blocked the extra-point attempt. Just before the end of the third quarter, the Indians scored again to take a 14-point lead.

Meekins hit senior Matt LeCompte deep in the end zone from 22 yards out and McKenzie’s kick was good to cut the Indian’s advantage to seven with five minutes left in the game.

“We tied it up and fell behind again by 14 points in the third quarter, but we kept fighting and we didn’t quit. With about a minute and a half left, we got the ball, but we ran out of time,” Knox said. “A football game is four quarters. You’ve got to play all four quarters. We only played two quarters–the second and the fourth–and we scored 21 points. They scored 28 points…You’ve got to be ready to go from the first whistle.”

Meekins ran the ball 14 times for 106 yards. He was 10-for-16 passing for 124 yards.

Brous racked up 35 yards, carrying the ball eight times. Senior Tyrie Adams logged 26 yards on six rushes.

Hayman tallied 51 yards on five receptions. LeCompte caught three passes for 42 yards.

Brous and juniors Ernest Shockley and Gus Esham led the Decatur defense.

Knox said he was happy with some things he saw during the game and disappointed with others.

He thought Decatur’s special teams did well, especially the punt team. Meekins punted the ball for the Seahawks and did a great job, Knox said.

During practices this week, Knox said the squad worked on fixing things that were not successful during the Indian River game.

Decatur will take a trip to Queen Anne’s County to play the Lions tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m.

“We’re looking to go up there and get a victory,” Knox said. “We have to be disciplined, we have to be physical and we have to play 48 minutes.”

Stephen Decatur junior Dryden Brous bursts out of the pack of players during last Friday’s game against Indian River at Seahawk Stadium. Brous scored a touchdown and blocked a PAT in Decatur’s 28-21 loss.

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