(Oct. 8, 2021) The Stephen Decatur football team made some minor adjustments in the second half of last Saturday’s game against the Parkside Rams in Salisbury, and it paid off. The Seahawks won the match, 42-21.
Junior Luke Mergott scored in the first quarter. Senior Marqui Henry Jr. recorded the Seahawks second touchdown in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was tied, 14-14.
“We knew Parkside was a good team and very physical. At halftime, we felt we needed some adjustments,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “ They handled the adjustments well and came out in the second half and were very successful.”
Senior Zimere Handy scored twice in the third quarter to boost Decatur’s lead to 28-14.
Mergott and senior Kresen Muir finished the scoring for the Berlin squad in the fourth quarter.
“The difference in the game was the little adjustments we made. It worked to perfection,” Coleman said.
Decatur senior quarterback Ashten Snelsire was 22-for-31 passing for 301 yards. He carried the ball six times for 39 yards.
Senior RJ Brittingham rushed five times for 31 yards. Sophomore Caden Shockley ran the ball 10 times, racking up 54 yards.
Handy caught eight passes for 173 yards. Mergott caught five passes for 40 yards. Muir recorded 54 yards on four catches.
Junior Daegan Risser led the team in tackles with 10. Senior Jerry Grant made six tackles. Sophomore Gavin Solito and senior Joe Buxbaum had five tackles each.
The victory was extra special as it was Coleman’s 100 win as a head coach. The players celebrated by dumping water on Coleman after the game.
“It was pretty special,” he said. “It was just an awesome experience.”
Coleman earned 92 wins coaching at Cambridge for 13 years. He now has eight victories in his two seasons at Decatur.
Decatur will take a trip to Ridgely, Maryland, to play the North Caroline Bulldogs on their homecoming, today, Friday, at 7 p.m.
“We have to come out and really play well. It’s going to be a game of adjustments probably,” Coleman said. “The team is fully capable of beating North Caroline, but it will be tough and it will have to be earned.”