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Decatur football squad earns 49-0 shutout over JMB

(Nov. 1, 2013) The Stephen Decatur football team scored early and never looked back, winning last Friday’s game against the James M. Bennett Clippers at Seahawk Stadium, 49-0.

Decatur Coach Bob Knox said the victory by such a large margin was “unexpected.”

“Bennett scared us because they have a few athletes that are game breakers,” Knox said. The Decatur defense was able to keep those “game breakers” in check.

“It was a team effort, which is what we need,” he said. “They did everything we asked them to do…We executed well and good things happened.”

Senior Demond Henry got things rolling for the Seahawks two minutes into the game. He ran the ball 54 yards for a touchdown. Junior Austin Dundore’s extra-point kick was good.

Senior P.J. Copes carried the ball 11 yards into the end zone to boost Decatur’s advantage to 13-0 with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter. Dundore’s kick was on point.

Junior quarterback Justin Meekins hit Copes from about 19 yards out for the touchdown at the 5:15 mark in the second quarter. Dundore made the extra point and the home team led, 21-0.

Meekins carried the ball 33 yards for a touchdown and Dundore’s PAT put Decatur on top, 28-0, 3:16 before the halftime break.

First-half scoring was caped off by Copes’ 63-yard run into the end zone with 47 seconds remaining. Decatur held a commanding 35-0 lead at halftime.

Sophomore Dryden Brous scored twice in the second half. Dundore converted both his extra-point attempts.

Copes rushed eight times, racking up 132 yards to lead the Decatur offense. Brous ran the ball twice for 103 yards. Meekins had eight carries for 111 yards.

“Our offense is still a work in progress,” Knox said. “It’s getting better each week.”

Meekins was 4-for-6 passing, for 91 yards.

“Justin did a great job making the reads Friday,” Knox said. “When you run a play and the defense has to think about three things it slows them down.”

The Decatur defense was led by senior Chase Sams who registered nine tackles and sacked the Bennett quarterback once. Brous had eight tackles and a sack. Seniors Andrew Borradaile and Wyatt Brady and junior Jeremiah Purnell chipped in with five tackles apiece.

The win improved Decatur’s record to 5-3 with two games remaining in the regular season.

“As long as we continue to improve, we can be a dangerous team,” Knox said.

Decatur’s seniors will be honored before the game tonight, Nov. 1, against the Parkside Rams in Berlin. Game time is 6.

“Parkside is dangerous. They won their last two games,” Knox said. “They played the teams we (both) lost to better than we played them.”

Stephen Decatur senior Demond Henry (22) fakes carrying the ball, while junior quarterback Justin Meekins holds onto it during last Friday’s game against James M. Bennett in Berlin.

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