(Sept. 20, 2013) The Stephen Decatur and Queen Anne’s football teams brawled last Friday in Berlin, but it was the visiting Lions who pulled out a 21-41 victory at Seahawk Stadium.
Queen Anne’s scored with about two minutes left in the first quarter to lead 6-0. The Lions increased their advantage to 14 points with a touchdown and two-point conversion five minutes before halftime.
Decatur Coach Bob Knox said the team discussed key factors during the break to be successful in the second half.
“No. 1, we have to be discipline, No. 2, we have to take care of the ball, No. 3, we have to play every play like it’s your last play and No. 4 you’ve got to be physical,” he said. ‘We did all those things in the second half.”
Decatur junior quarterback Justin Meekins held onto the ball, carrying it 12 yards for a touchdown at the 7:27 mark in the third quarter. Junior kicker Austin Dundore’s extra-point attempt was short.
With 53 seconds remaining in the quarter, senior P.J. Copes scored from the 1-yard line. He was successful on the two-point conversion and the match was even, 14-14.
The Lions scored with seven minutes left in the contest to pull ahead 21-14. Decatur had control of the ball late in the game. With less than two minutes on the clock, when Meekins was sprinting down the field, the ball got loose. Queen Anne’s recovered it.
“We lost the first half 14-0 and we won the second half 14-7. If we played as well in the first half as we did in the second we would have won the game,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox. The game, he said, came down to turnovers. “I’m not down on these kids. Like I said [during preseason], these kids will fight, claw and do whatever it takes and they proved that again,” Knox said. “They didn’t quit.”
Copes, who suffered a shoulder injury during the game, led the Decatur offense with 18 carries for 85 yards.
Meekins ran the ball five times, racking up 25 yards. He was 10-for-13 throwing, for 103 yards. Junior Shawny’e Jones had three catches for 48 yards.
Senior Chase Sams controlled the Decatur defensive end, tallying 13 tackles.