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Decatur win ‘total team effort’

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Stephen Decatur football team pulled out a big win last Thursday, outscoring the Cambridge South Dorchester Vikings 12-7.

“I’m so proud of these kids because of the way they played,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “They came out and played their hearts out.”

Decatur quarterback Justin Meekins threw to fellow junior Shawny’e Jones for a nine-yard touchdown. The visiting Seahawks led 6-0 at the halftime break.

The Decatur defense limited Cambridge to just one first down in the first half.

Senior Tayevon Mills ran the ball into the end zone from one yard out to boost Decatur’s lead to 12-0 with about 11 minutes left in the game.

Two minutes later, Cambridge cut the advantage to five points, but the Seahawks held on for the victory.

“Our kids clawed and fought and never gave up. They played their tails off, especially at the end,” Knox said. “That’s the type of kids we have. They love playing the game and they play hard. They’ll do whatever it takes to win the game.”

Knox said the victory was a “total team effort.”

Senior P.J. Copes rushed 22 times for 171 yards. Mills ran the ball five times for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Meekins was 3-for-6, throwing for 22 yards.

Knox said the Decatur defense was solid. Junior Sam Coates, who had been hampered by a groin injury, moved to safety for the game from running back/linebacker. Coates had seven tackles, three sacks and he recovered a fumble. Senior Chase Sams tallied six tackles, two sacks and an interception. Wyatt Brady, a senior, made seven tackles.

Decatur will take a road trip to Stevensville to face-off against the Kent Island Buccaneers tonight, Friday.

To come home with a win, Knox said the Seahawks must be discipline, not turn the ball over, play every play like it’s their last and be physical.


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 2 winner is quarterback Justin Meekins, above. Week 3 winner is Sam Coates. On hand for the recent presentations, are Earl Conley of the Bank of Ocean City, wearing tie, and Coach Bob Knox.



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