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Decatur football team holds on for 30-28 win over IR

(Sept. 13, 2013) Before the 2013 season began on Sept. 6, Stephen Decatur football Coach Bob Knox said his Seahawks would scratch, claw and do whatever it takes to win. They proved that in the season opener last Friday, earning a 30-28 victory over the Indian River Indians on the road.

“It’s the first time we’ve beaten them. We’ve been close a couple times, but we’ve never won,” Knox said. “They were discipline, they were physical, they fought and clawed and scratched and never gave up.”

Senior P.J. Copes scored in the first and second quarters and Decatur went into the halftime break on top 14-0.

The home team cut Decatur’s lead to five on a safety followed by a punt return touchdown.

Senior Andrew Borradaile ran the ball into the end zone from about 13 yards out and Copes was successful on the two-point conversion to give Decatur a 22-9 advantage with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Indian River scored in the final seconds of the quarter and trailed by seven.

Copes tallied his third touchdown then scored on a two-point conversion to boost Decatur’s lead 30-16 in the fourth.

The Indians returned the kickoff for a touchdown. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Indian River pulled to within two points. The quarterback keeper was no good and Decatur held on to win 30-28.

“We didn’t play a perfect game. There’s some things we have to work to fix, but [those aspects of the game] can all be fixed,” Knox said. “The kids did a great job Friday night. These kids just love playing the game.”

The Seahawks ran a total of 507 yards (411 rushing, 96 passing). Copes led Decatur, rushing 30 times for 294 yards. He had three touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Borradaile ran the ball nine times, earning 93 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Justin Meekins was 4-for-6 throwing for 96 yards.

On defense, senior Chase Sams made nine tackles. Senior Montez Green and junior Shawny’e Jones each had four tackles. Tyler Coppinger, a senior, recorded three tackles.

The Queen Anne’s Lions come to Decatur tonight, Friday, for a 6 p.m. game against the Seahawks.

To be successful, Knox said Decatur must “be discipline, take care of the ball, be physical and play every single play.”

Stephen Decatur senior P.J. Copes sprints with the ball during last Friday’s season opener on the road against Indian River. Copes led Decatur, rushing 30 times for 294 yards. He had three touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the 30-28 win.
PHOTO COURTESY ROBERT HAMMOND

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