(Nov. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur Seahawks were pumped and ready to battle their Worcester County rival football team, the Snow Hill Eagles, last Friday in Berlin.
“The kids were focused. They had one goal, to win the game, and they weren’t going to let anything get in the way,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said after the Seahawks’ 41-8 victory.
On Senior Night, when the Decatur 12th graders were honored, the Seahawks took it to the Eagles. Senior Sam Coates scored on a 15-yard run to put Decatur on the board. Quarterback Justin Meekins, a senior, took the ball into the end zone from 36 yards out to give the Seahawks a 13-0 lead. By halftime, the Berlin squad led 34-0.
Snow Hill scored with about five minutes left in the game to spoil Decatur’s shutout.
“It was the first game all year where we had no fumbles, no interceptions, no blocked kicks, no penalties at inopportune times and no mental lapses. They finally put it together,” Knox said. “It was a total team effort. “[The coaches] were really happy, especially for the seniors. They won their last game.”
Decatur senior quarterback Justin Meekins rushed six times for 89 yards and one touchdown. He was 4-for-8 throwing for 65 yards. Meekins threw three touchdown passes.
Sophomore Ed Zonnak rushed 13 times, racking up 94 yards. Dryden Brous, a junior, ran the ball six times for 49 yards and one touchdown. Coates tallied 46 yards on four carries. He logged one rushing touchdown and caught a 15-yard pass from Meekins for a touchdown. R.J. Hayman, a senior, chipped in with two touchdown receptions.
Knox was also impressed with freshman John Ford, who had two successful kickoffs.
The Decatur defense was led by Coates, Brous and juniors Cole Barrett and Andre Jordan.
“The seniors ended on a good note and it was great for the underclassmen to see what it takes [to win] and what it can be like,” Knox said.
Decatur had several tight matches this season, but the Seahawks struggled to come out on the winning end. The squad finished the season 2-8.
“I’m so proud of these kids. They kept fighting and they never quit all year long,” Knox said.
The team will graduate its quarterback and several other key contributors, but most of the offensive line will be back next season. A number of players on the defensive line will return as well.
“We’re going to change our style of play and go back to old school, Knox ball– ‘line up, smack you in the mouth, here we come and stop us if you can,’” Knox said. “We adjusted [our play style] this year and last year [to cater to] the athletes we had.”
Decatur’s team banquet is Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Seacrets on 49th Street, and all are invited. The cost is $15 at the door.