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(Sept. 16, 2022) The Stephen Decatur football team scored a big victory last Friday on its home field in Berlin, shutting out the Indian River Indians, 42-0.

“It was the first time Stephen Decatur beat Indian River at home. That’s what I was told,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “The kids came out and really played well. For a young team facing a tough opponent they stood up well.”

Decatur led 15-0 at the end of the first quarter and 27-0 at halftime. The Seahawks tacked on 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Junior quarterback Brycen Coleman was 8-for-12 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the ball eight times, racking up 112 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

Sophomore Nathan Tapley rushed three times for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Logan Bradshaw caught a 46-yard pass for a touchdown. Sophomore Davin Chandler caught two passes and had a touchdown.

Senior Deagan Risser also had a touchdown (interception return).

Junior kicker Brogan Eastlack was 2-for-4 PATs.

Leading the defense was senior A’zavion Manuel with 10 tackles and a sack. Junior Gavin Solito chipped in with six tackles.

“The defense was unbelievable. They only gave up 48 yards total. We held them to eight yards passing and 40 rushing,” Coleman said. “Defense came out and absolutely stoned them.”

Manuel was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Eastlack was the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Coleman was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Senior AJ Tremble received Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.

“It was just a phenomenal defensive and offensive show,” Coleman said. “And the fan support was amazing. There was well over 2,000 fans.”

Many of the spectators dressed in white for the “whiteout” theme. Friday night’s theme will be neon. Fans are encouraged to dress for the theme for Decatur’s game against the Kent Island Buccaneers at 6 p.m. in Berlin.

“In 14 years we haven’t beaten Kent Island. It will be a big test for us,” Coleman said. “They’re well coached and very physical.”

To be successful, Coleman said the Seahawks need to be extremely disciplined.

“We need to be calm and communicate with each other. Communication is key,” he added.

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