(Oct. 10, 2014) The Stephen Decatur football team hoped to get its first win last Friday, but the Seahawks came up short by one point to the Easton Warriors in overtime, 34-33.
“We had our opportunities, we’ve just got to learn how to win. When you have an opportunity to snatch a win, you can’t wait for it to come to you, you’ve got to grab it and pull it toward you,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox.
Easton, celebrating homecoming, scored first. Decatur answered quickly as senior quarterback Justin Meekins hit Matt LeCompte, a senior, from 36 yards out. Senior Austin Dundore’s PAT was good.
The Warriors scored twice more in the first quarter to go ahead 21-7.
R.J. Hayman, a senior, cut the home team’s lead to eight, but Dundore missed the extra point.
Easton went up 27-13, but Meekins found Hayman then LeCompte to even the score, 27-27, just before halftime.
Defense was the star of the second half.
“Defense stepped up for both teams,” Knox said. “We made some adjustments that were more successful than what we did in the first half.”
Decatur scored with about two minutes left in the game, but it was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. The Seahawks didn’t have enough players on the line of scrimmage–six instead of seven–Knox said.
On the next play, Easton intercepted a Meekins throw.
Tied 27-27, the game headed into overtime. Decatur had possession first. Junior Dryden Brous’ 1-yard touchdown put the Seahawks on top 33-27. Dundore was unsuccessful on the PAT.
Easton evened the score and made the extra point for the 34-33 victory.
Meekins was 12-for-21 passing for 253 yards. He threw four touchdown passes.
“The best thing for us was to throw. In hindsight, we didn’t throw enough,” Knox said.
Hayman had seven catches for 117 yards. He also picked off two Easton passes. LeCompte caught four passes for 114 yards.
Despite the loss, Knox said he told the Seahawks that it was the first time he thought “they were better than the week before.”
“We saw some significant improvement from the week before, but there’s still things we’ve got to take care of,” Knox said.
Decatur (0-5) will take a trip to Ridgely to play the North Caroline Bulldogs (4-1) tonight at 7 p.m.
“It’s the first week we don’t have to play against an undefeated team,” Knox said. “We’ll have our work cut out for us…We told the kids we took one step forward last week now we have to take two more this week.”