LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Stephen Decatur junior Andrew Borradaile (4) breaks away from a pack of players during last Friday’s game in Berlin. Queen Anne’s spoiled Decatur’s homecoming celebration, winning 23-7. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI (Oct. 5, 2012) In 2011, the Stephen Decatur football team upset Queen Anne’s during the Lions’ homecoming celebration with a 34-31 overtime win. The Lions hadn’t lost a Bayside Conference match in four years and had a 37-game regular season winning streak going before falling to the Seahawks that unforgettable night.
“We cut their win streak last year and I’m sure their players and coaches haven’t forgotten,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said prior to last Friday’s game.
With an eye for vengeance, the unbeaten Lions traveled to Berlin Sept. 28 for battle — this time, during Decatur’s homecoming. As if written for a film, Queen Anne’s got its revenge, spoiling the Seahawks’ celebration with a 23-7 victory.
After the score, Decatur senior Tim VanVonno returned the kick 78 yards to jump-start his team’s offensive charge. The Seahawks picked up a couple yards on several plays and on fourth-and- 2 near the 20-yard line, quarterback Collin Macomber ran three yards for a first down. The senior quarterback threw the ball to VanVonno on the next play and Decatur was on the board with about 50 seconds left in the quarter. Fletcher Case’s kick was good as the home team trailed by 10 points at halftime.
Queen Anne’s picked up six points in the third quarter and held Decatur scoreless.
“I think we were distracted by homecoming. There were events all week at school,” Knox said. “The kids may have underestimated Queen Anne’s. We beat them at their homecoming and they came down to pay us back. We got smacked in the mouth early and didn’t recover.”
Stephen Decatur junior P.J. Copes (26) is surrounded by Queen Anne’s players during last Friday’s game in Berlin. Queen Anne’s spoiled Decatur’s homecoming celebration, winning 23-7. The Decatur squad also committed 13 penalties. “You can’t win with 13 penalties, and a few of them were in crucial situations,” Knox said.
Offensively, Knox said it was the Seahawks’ worst rushing stats he could remember in his 29 years at the helm. Decatur ran the ball 16 times, earning 31 yards — 28 courtesy of Macomber. The quarterback was 8-for-14, throwing for 98 yards.
VanVonno made three catches for 52 yards. He ran the ball 131 yards on three kickoff returns.
“We didn’t have a stellar offensive performance,” Knox said. “We just didn’t execute.”
Junior Marwan Saleh led the Decatur defense with eight tackles and two assists. Senior Colin May made four tackles and assisted with three. Sophomore Shawn’ye Jones recorded four tackles and two assists.
The Seahawks will travel to Easton to take on the Warriors tonight, Friday.
“Easton is 3-2 and getting better every week. We’re 2-3 and not improving,” Knox said. “We have to be more physical and more disciplined than them.”