Decatur football team can’t hold off JMB, lose 55-41

Decatur football team can’t hold off JMB, lose 55-41

(Oct. 31, 2014) After a back-and-forth battle, the James M. Bennett Clippers came from behind to win 55-41 over the Stephen Decatur Seahawks last Saturday in Salisbury.

“We were up 14-0 with six minutes left in the first quarter. We were rolling,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “You’d think we’d be sharks in the water when you get an advantage that fast, but we weren’t…We had them down and we didn’t go for the jugular.”

Junior Dryden Brous and Sam Coates, a senior, provided Decatur with the 14-0 lead. Bennett evened the score before the end of the first quarter.

Sophomore Dontae Baines gave the visiting Seahawks a 20-14 advantage in the second quarter. The Clippers answered and went into halftime ahead 21-20.

Touchdowns were traded in the second half. Tied 41-41, with less than two minutes left, Bennett scored to take a 48-41 lead. The Clippers intercepted a Seahawk pass and capitalized to increase their advantage to 14 points.

“We traded touchdowns the whole game. Bennett didn’t quit,” Knox said. “They had more speed than we did and they scored more touchdowns.”

Decatur senior quarterback Justin Meekins rushed 14 times for 98 yards. Coates racked up 52 yards on seven carries. Senior R.J. Hayman caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

The Decatur defense was led by junior Ernest Shockley and Brous, who intercepted two Bennett passes, one of which he took into the end zone. He also ran the ball 80 yards for a touchdown.

Knox said several players are “banged up,” especially those who play both offense and defense. The team had a short week and less time to recover this week as Decatur played Saturday and was then scheduled to face the Parkside Rams yesterday, Oct. 30, in Salisbury.

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 8 winner is junior Dryden Brous. On hand for the recent presentation, from left, are Coach Bob Knox, Brous and Earl Conley of the Bank of Ocean City.

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