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SD football team loses lead, game in final minutes

(Nov. 7, 2014) The Stephen Decatur football team led 28-27 with about nine minutes left in last Thursday’s game, but the Parkside Rams battled back to win 35-28.

“It was back and forth the whole game,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. “We played hard, but we had a few mental lapses. That seems to be our M.O. We play hard and have some mental lapses and other teams take advantage of it.”

The Rams got on the board about five minutes into the first quarter.

Decatur evened the score early in the second quarter when senior quarterback Justin Meekins found R.J Hayman, a senior, for the touchdown.

Parkside answered then tacked on an additional seven points to pull ahead 21-7.

Meekins hit Hayman to cut the Rams’ lead to seven at the halftime break.

Parkside gained a 27-14 advantage with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

Decatur junior Dryden Brous scored to bring the visiting Seahawks to within six points. Then sophomore Ed Zonnak gave Decatur its first lead of the game with nine minutes on the clock, but the Berlin squad failed to hold Parkside off. The Rams tallied what would be the game-winning touchdown with four minutes remaining. The two-point conversion was successful.

Meekins was 12-for-22 throwing for 189 yards. Hayman had five catches for 85 yards. Brous rushed nine times for 57 yards.

The Decatur defense was led by Hayman and juniors Ernest Shockley and Gus Esham.

“Being 1-7, a lot of teams would have quit, but we didn’t give up,” Knox said. “I think we’re the best 1-8 team in the state. We’ve been in every game. We’re fairly young. Hopefully it’s a learning experience for the younger kids.”

Decatur will host its Worcester County rival, the Snow Hill Eagles, tonight, Friday, at 6 p.m. The senior Seahawks will be recognized before the game.

To win the match, Knox said the Seahawks must do four things: be physical, block down on offense, tackle better and be disciplined.

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 9 winner is senior R.J Hayman. On hand for the recent presentation, from left, are Coach Bob Knox, Hayman and Earl Conley of the Bank of Ocean City.

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