(Nov. 8, 2019) The Stephen Decatur football team wrapped up it season with a 63-0 victory over the Snow Hill Eagles last Friday in Snow Hill.
“We ended with a nice win,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “Hopefully, it will boost their confidence for next year and looking at the last couple games, hopefully they will reflect on what’s necessary for us to move up to the next level.”
Knox thought the Seahawks played well in their final game.
“We were physical, we didn’t make mental or physical mistakes/penalties, and we played aggressively,” he said. “It was a great way to end the season.”
Senior captain Devin Waters ran the ball eight times and racked up 142 yards. He had two touchdowns.
Sophomore Jerry Grant had two sacks and a scoop and score (when a player picks up a live ball and scores a touchdown).
Six underclassmen started on offense and eight on defense, Knox said, which bodes well for the future.
“We have some talented and gifted young players,” he said.
Decatur finished the season with a 3-6 record.
Knox said the boys loved playing on their new turf field.
“I watched it being built and just, WOW. It’s really fantastic,” he said. “It’s a top-of-the-line field.”
Knox said the group grew as a team and got better. The players became comfortable with the new coaching staff, who brought in a wealth of knowledge.
“They believed in their abilities and what they were trying to teach them,” he said. “We did some things differently this year … and next year could be a bright year for Stephen Decatur football.”
Knox said he wants the players to look back on the games they were not successful in to see what they need to build on and what they need to do to get better. Training in the offseason will also be important.
Despite graduating some key components, Knox said a core group of skilled football players will be returning as well as moving up from the JV squad.
“We have good depth and there will be good competition at some spots next year,” he said. “We have some young, athletic football players.
“I think the future is bright with the kids coming back and the skilled kids coming up,” Knox continued. “I’m excited and all of the coaches are excited.”
Knox wants to thank the community for its support and for making it a memorable season for the players in many ways.