(Oct. 18, 2013) The Stephen Decatur football team was in its glory last Friday, playing in rainy and windy conditions, which Coach Bob Knox calls “Seahawk weather.”
The Seahawks, competing in front of about 100 die-hard fans who braved the elements to watch Decatur take down the previously unbeaten North Caroline Bulldogs, 20-6.
“I’m pleased that we won and that we played hard, but there’s still things we have to fix to be the team we want to be,” Knox said. “We had three turnovers and we missed a couple blocking assignments, but the kids played hard and they were physical.”
With 3:42 left in the first quarter, junior quarterback Justin Meekins hit Tripp Ortega from three yards for the touchdown. Junior Austin Dundore’s extra-point kick was good. Decatur led, 7-0.
North Caroline turned up the offensive pressure in the final minute of the second quarter and scored with 51 seconds remaining.
Decatur junior Sam Coates blocked the extra point attempt, and the Seahawks went into the locker room ahead, 7-6. The home team increased its lead about four minutes into the third quarter. Meekins carried the ball five yards into the end zone. Dundore’s extra point attempt went wide left.
With less than a minute remaining in the game, senior Andrew Borradaile intercepted a North Caroline pass and ran the ball 36 yards into the end zone to boost Decatur’s lead to 19-6. Dundore converted the extra point.
“I don’t think [North Caroline] expected what they got,” Knox said. “We weren’t as big or as strong, but we claw and we fight and we do what we’ve got to do (to win). I think the kids had something to prove. Football’s a team game…it all needs to click together to be successful.” Knox said several players stepped up, including Meekins and Borradaile.
Meekins was 4-for-5 passing for 49 yards. Knox said the Seahawks didn’t throw the ball much because of the weather. Meekins racked up 75 yards rushing. Borradaile rushed six times for 37 yards. He caught three passes for 45 yards. Senior P.J. Copes carried the ball 24 times, tallying 90 yards.
Knox said it was a “total team effort on defense.”
“Our defense played really well and swarmed to the ball,” he said.
Senior Chase Sams and Borradaile each made 12 tackles. Wyatt Brady, a senior, logged nine tackles and sophomore Dryden Brous had seven.
Decatur was scheduled to play the Wi-Hi Indians Thursday in Salisbury.