(Nov. 5, 2021) The Stephen Decatur football team wrapped up the regular season on a high note, shutting out cross-county rival, the Snow Hill Eagles, 58-0, last Friday on the road.
“The defense didn’t allow a first down in the first half and the offense was hitting on all cylinders,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “There was nothing they didn’t do well. We came out and played great defense, the tackling was phenomenal and we were able to go at them. We took away what they wanted to do, and our offense was making big plays.”
Senior Zimere Handy caught a 43-yard pass from senior quarterback Ashten Snelsire to kick things off for Decatur. He then ran the ball 31 yards for a touchdown.
Snelsire hit junior Luke Mergott from 30 yards out for the final score of the quarter.
Decatur led 21-0 at the end of the first.
Senior Kresen Muir opened the scoring in the second quarter, catching a 26-yard pass from Snelsire.
Mergott, senior RJ Brittingham and sophomore Brycen Coleman helped extend Decatur’s lead.
Junior Adam Hilbert scooped up a Snow Hill fumble and ran the ball 50 yards into the end zone.
At halftime the visiting Seahawks were on top, 58-0.
Sophomore Brogan Eastlack was 8-for-8 on extra points.
Snelsire was 14-for-17, passing for 278 yards.
“Austin was sharp and accurate,” Coach Coleman said. “He’s the state leader in passing two years in a row (at the end of the regular season).”
Handy caught four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Mergott tallied 58 yards on two catches (two touchdowns).
The Decatur defense made 42 tackles. Leading the group was junior Daegan Risser (four solo) and senior Jerry Grant (two solo/two assists) with four tackles each.
“We played well overall and everyone got in. It was a great way to end the regular season,” Coleman said. “It’s how we wanted to come into playoffs. And we came out healthy, which is another bonus.”
Decatur received the No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 Queen Anne’s Lions tonight, Friday, at 6 p.m. in Berlin.
“It’s our first home playoff game in 17 years,” Coach Coleman said. “We’re all excited to have a home playoff game. All of our home games have been pretty awesome this season and we’re expecting another huge crowd.”
Queen Anne’s edged out Decatur, 35-34 on Oct. 14.
“In that game we were not able to stop their rushing attack,” Coleman said. “The kids are looking forward to playing better this time. Hopefully we tackle much better this time around, and I know we can do it. We have to contain their quarterback and we have to be able to run the ball ourselves.”
Coleman said a patriotic crowd theme has been set and fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue, stars and stripes.