LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Sept. 28, 2012) The Stephen Decatur football team scored early and often last Friday, shutting out the James M. Bennett Clippers 45-0 and spoiling their homecoming celebration at Wicomico Stadium in Salisbury.
The Seahawks ran the ball and controlled the line of scrimmage. Senior James Mapp (13 carries for 153 yards) and juniors P.J. Copes (10 rushes for 128 yards) and Chase Sams (seven runs for 41 yards) alone combined for more than 300 yards. Senior quarterback Collin Macomber was 3-for-5 passing for 87 yards.
“We ran the ball a lot,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said.
Mapp got things going for the Seahawks early in the first quarter. He scored from four yards out to put Decatur on the board. Macomber later completed a 44-yard pass to senior Cameron Gaynor, launching the visiting team to a 13-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Copes ran the ball 63 yards into the end zone, and Decatur went into the halftime break ahead 19-0.
Sams opened the third quarter with a four-yard run to boost the Seahawks’ advantage to 25-0. Mapp and juniors Demond Henry and Collin Bankert also scored in the second half of the game.
“It was a total team effort. It was nice to get all the kids involved,” Knox said. “We have some injuries and the whole team stepped up.”
Mapp led the Decatur offense, tallying 153 yards on 13 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
On defense, junior Wyatt Brady made 10 tackles. Marwan Saleh, a junior, had nine tackles and senior Patrick Phillips took down seven Clippers. Sophomore Shawn’ye Jones and senior Tony Sullivan also contributed, recording six and five tackles respectively.
Although Knox was pleased with the performance overall, he said the Seahawks will need to play much better tonight, Friday, if they want a victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions.
Queen Anne’s will battle Decatur on the Seahawks’ homecoming. Game time is 6 p.m. In 2011, Decatur upset Queen Anne’s during its homecoming celebration, winning the game 34-31 in overtime. The Lions hadn’t lost a Bayside Conference match in four years and had a 37-game regular season win streak going before falling to the Seahawks.
“We cut their win streak last year and I’m sure their players and coaches haven’t forgotten,” Knox said. “They’re the No. 1 team in the conference. We have to be more physical and more discipline than them and not make any mistakes.”
Decatur’s homecoming king and queen will be honored during halftime. There will also be fireworks at the break and following the game.