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Decatur to host county rival Snow Hill tonight

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor


The Stephen Decatur defensive line squares off against the Wi-Hi offense during last Friday’s game in Berlin. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI The Stephen Decatur defensive line squares off against the Wi-Hi offense during last Friday’s game in Berlin.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Nov. 2, 2012) Neither team gained much yardage in the first two quarters of last Friday’s football game between the Stephen Decatur Seahawks and the Wi- Hi Indians in Berlin.

Decatur’s kicker Fletcher Case attempted a field goal from about 20 yards out with about 1:36 left in the half, but it went wide left.

Seconds before halftime, the Seahawks made a mental error, according to Coach Bob Knox, and the visiting Indians scored on a “hail Mary pass” to go in the break on top 7-0.

“It was a defensive struggle in the first half. They have a high-power offense and I think our defense did a tremendous job,” Knox said. “Our kids were down a bit at the half because they knew they played so hard. [At halftime] we told them ‘It’s time for a gut check. Yeah they scored, but they didn’t outplay us.’”

Wi-Hi gained a 13-0 advantage in the third quarter, but junior Andrew Borradaile ran into the end zone to cut the lead to seven points.

The Seahawks had momentum, Knox said, but the wind was taken out of their sails when the Indians returned the ensuing kickoff and pulled ahead 19-6. Wi-Hi held the home team scoreless to win by 13 points.

“We had seven turnovers. You can’t win against a team like that making seven turnovers,” Knox said. “It’s really frustrating from my standpoint because some of the kids really played their hearts out. By the end of the game their tanks were empty.”

Knox said the Decatur offense’s 192 total yardage was “disappointing.” Borradaile tallied 100 of those yards, rushing 10 times. Senior James Mapp ran the ball 10 times for 36 yards and junior P.J. Copes gained 24 yards on seven carries.

Junior Chase Sams led the Decatur defense with 12 tackles. Ryan Kail and Patrick Phillips, both seniors, made eight tackles apiece. Senior Colin May recorded six tackles, two of which were quarterback sacks.

The Seahawks final game of the season is tonight, Friday, at 6 p.m. against Worcester County rival, the Snow Hill Eagles, who Knox said are “hot and on a roll right now.”

Decatur’s seniors will be honored before the competition in Berlin.

“The recipe for success is to be disciplined, be physical and block to the whistle,” Knox said.

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