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Members of the Stephen Decatur football team run onto the field before the Senior Night game against the Snow Hill Eagles last Friday in Berlin. Decatur won 49-6.

(Nov. 4, 2022) The Stephen Decatur football team dominated the Snow Hill Eagles on its Senior Night last Friday in Berlin, winning the final game of the regular season, 49-6.

“The kids did a great job. It was a good team win,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “Everybody on the roster was able to get into the game. It was a very dominating win. It was a good way to end going into playoffs.”

Junior Caden Shockley scored to put Decatur on the board with 7:37 left in the first quarter. Junior Brogan Eastlack’s extra-point kick was good.

Senior A’zavion Manuel recovered a fumble and ran into the end zone for Decatur’s second score. Eastlack’s kick made it 14-0.

Snow Hill tallied six points 12 seconds before the end of the quarter.

Junior Jamien Purnell increased the Seahawks’ advantage early in the second quarter.

Back-to-back touchdowns by Shockley and successful kicks by Eastlack boosted the Berlin squad’s advantage to 35-6.

Sophomore Nathan Tapley finished the second quarter off with a touchdown 38 seconds before halftime.

At the break, Decatur led 42-6.

Junior Gavin Solito wrapped up the scoring for Decatur with a little over four minutes left in the game.

Shockley rushed 11 times, racking up 183 yards, with three touchdowns.

Tapley carried the ball five times for 40 yards and a touchdown. Solito rushed three times for 19 yards and a touchdown. He also had three tackles and a sack.

Purnell caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown. He also made three tackles and had two sacks.

Eastlack was 7-for-7 on extra-point attempts.

“They’re very proud of the season and to have earned a home playoff game,” Coleman said. “We know every team will be tough from this point on.”

Decatur finished the regular season with a 7-2 record and received the No. 3 seed in the 2A East Region. The Seahawks will host the sixth-seeded C. Milton Wright Mustangs (6-3) in the first round of the regional tournament today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m.

“They’re a big, physical team. They have great defense and good special teams,” Coleman said. “It will be a challenge. This team is tough, and we’re tough too. It’s going to be a good matchup. We have to bring our ‘A’ game. The goal is to play our best football and I feel like this team has the ability to do that.”

Each home game there has been a theme for the crowd. Tonight’s theme is camouflage and spectators are encouraged to come dressed the part.

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