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Decatur football team earns first win of ‘14 season

(Oct. 17, 2014) The Stephen Decatur football team finally got its first win of the season in Week 6, edging out the North Caroline Bulldogs 31-26 in Ridgely last Friday night.

“We played hard, they followed the plan the coaches set out for them and they never gave up. They kept fighting,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “We took advantage of some mistakes and we finished the game.”

North Caroline scored first, but Decatur senior quarterback Justin Meekins answered in the opening quarter.

The Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Decatur cut the advantage to 14-13, then went ahead 19-14 in the second half.

The home team responded, scoring twice to pull in front 26-19.

The visiting Seahawks fought back to only trail by one, 26-25. Meekins put Decatur on top 31-26 and the Berlin squad held on for the victory.

“The game was back-and-forth. We held them more times than they held us from scoring,” Knox said. “Our kids just wanted it a little more.”

Meekins rushed 15 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns.

Sam Coates, a senior, ran the ball six times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Ed Zonnak racked up 64 yards on six carries.

Matt LeCompte, a senior, caught five passes for 45 yards. He also returned a kickoff for 85 yards.

The Decatur defense was led by junior Ernest Shockley and senior Brandon McKenzie, who both had 13 tackles. R.J. Hayman, a senior, made eight tackles. He also had one interception and a fumble recovery.

Decatur was scheduled to play the Wi-Hi Indians yesterday, Thursday, at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin.

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 6 winner is senior Sam Coates. On hand for the recent presentation, from left, are Earl Conley of the Bank of Ocean City, Coates and Coach Bob Knox.

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