LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Oct. 12, 2012) The Stephen Decatur football team “went back to old school” during practices last week — the afterschool sessions were more physically demanding and there was little down time during each one.
Though the athletes may not have been too pleased with the grueling training, it certainly paid off, as the Seahawks came out on the winning end of what turned out to be a tight battle with the Easton Warriors on Oct. 5.
“They played hard for 48 minutes. They played their best game, so far,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said after his Seahawks’ 35-27 victory on the road. “It’s encouraging. Hopefully, we can build off of it and play better each game.”
Easton scored in the opening minutes of the competition, but midway into the first quarter, senior James Mapp scored for Decatur. Fletcher Case’s kick was good to even the score at 7-all. Easton pulled ahead 14-7, but junior Chase Sams cut the lead to one, with about nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff to gain a 21-13 advantage over the visiting Seahawks.
Mapp scored again five minutes before halftime and junior P.J. Copes was successful on the two-point conversion to tie it at 21-all. Mapp crossed the goal line and Case’s extra-point kick put Decatur on top 28-21 just before halftime.
Easton was within one point in the third quarter, but Mapp extended his team’s lead in final minutes of the game with his fourth touchdown and Case made his kick to push the Seahawks ahead 35-27.
The Decatur offense racked up 435 yards. Mapp contributed 311 of the yardage, carrying the ball 28 times. Copes ran the ball eight time, earning 77 yards. Senior quarterback Collin Macomber was 4-for-9, throwing for 50 yards.
Knox said senior Tim VanVonno had a stellar game, with two catches for 24 yards. He also recovered a fumble, intercepted two Easton passes and broke up five others.
Sams led the defense with 12 tackles, three of which were quarterback sacks. Patrick Phillips made eight tackles and had a sack and fellow senior Colin May recorded seven tackles.
Decatur will go to Salisbury on Saturday to compete against the Parkside Rams at 11 a.m.