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Turnovers and penalties Decatur’s undoing in loss to Easton

(Oct. 11, 2013) The Easton football team hadn’t recorded a victory over Stephen Decatur since 2001, when the Warriors won 29-28.

All of that changed last Friday in Berlin, however, as the Warriors scored 21 unanswered second-half points to take down their homecoming hosts, 28-14.

Turnovers and penalties at crucial times led to Decatur’s undoing.

“Any team in the United States, I don’t care what team you are, if you turn the ball over five times you’re not going to win,” said Decatur Coach Bob Knox.

Senior P.J. Copes scored from the 1-yard line four and a half minutes into the game. Junior Austin Dundore’s extra point kick was good, to give Decatur a 7-0 lead.

Two and a half minutes into the second quarter, Copes ran the ball 73 yards for a touchdown. Dundore’s kick put the Seahawks on top 14-0.

Easton scored 3:39 before halftime.

Then came the second half when Easton would take the lead and not look back.

“The first time we had the ball we went down the field and scored and it got me excited, but then it seemed like there was one player who would take a play off and then another player who would take another play off and didn’t try his hardest,” Knox said. “It just kind of seemed like we lost interest. It takes a total team effort.”

Copes ran the ball 18 times, racking up 198 yards. Junior quarterback Justin Meekins rushed four times, picking up 56 yards.

Junior Sam Coates led the Decatur defense with eight tackles. Sophomore Dryden Brous made seven tackles and sacked the Easton quarterback once.

Knox is confident the Seahawks will “bounce back” from the loss.

“A player’s or team’s character is not measured by how you’re doing when you’re a frontrunner, it’s measured when you get knocked down and how fast you get up,” he said.

The North Caroline Bulldogs will come to Berlin today, Friday, for a 6 p.m. game against Decatur. To win the competition, Knox said the Seahawks must be disciplined, not turn the ball over, play every down like it’s their last and be physical.

Stephen Decatur junior quarterback Justin Meekins gets the snap from junior Brandon Wooten during last Friday’s homecoming game against Easton in Berlin.

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