(Sept. 10, 2021) The Stephen Decatur football team made a statement in its season opener on Senior Night, shutting out the James M. Bennett Clippers, 65-0, last Friday in Berlin.

“The offensive line was lights-out. They came out and set the tone. The defense created turnovers, created sacks and didn’t allow any positive yardage by Bennett,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “Eighty-seven percent they graded out and that’s really good. They know what to do, they completed their assignments and they played from whistle to whistle.”

Senior RJ Brittingham blocked a punt and shortly after, sophomore Caden Shockley scored from nine yards out. Senior quarterback Ashten Snelsire was successful on the two-point conversion.

Senior Kresen Muir made in 14-0 on a 50-yard interception return.

Snelsire threw an 18-yard pass to sophomore Brycen Coleman for the next score. Coleman added two points, and the Seahawks led 22-0 at the end of the first.

Junior Luke Mergott made an interception then scored from one yard out. Brittingham was successful on the two-point conversion.

Shockley scored twice, before Coleman returned a punt 86 yards, to boost Decatur’s advantage to 49-0 at halftime.

Senior Zimere Handy caught a 32-yard pass, then senior Joe Buxbaum added two points. At the end of the third, the Seahawks were ahead, 57-0.

Shockley finished the scoring for Decatur with a five yard run. Mergott made it 65-0 with the two extra points.

Several hundred spectators watched the game and the Decatur coaching staff and players appreciate the support.

“It was awesome to have that many come out and support the team,” he said.

Snelsire was 4-for-5 passing for 79 yards. Coleman finished with two touchdowns and was 3-for-4, throwing for 96 yards.

Brittingham rushed 51 yards on five carries. Shockley racked up 47 yards on six carries, with three touchdowns. Handy caught two passes for 48 yards.

Junior David Lockwood led the defense with four tackles. Junior Logan Bradshaw made three tackles (solo) and assisted on four. Senior Jerry Grant recorded three tackles (solo) and assisted on three, and also had two sacks.

Coleman was named the Offensive Player of the Game. The special teams award went to Bradshaw. Offensive lineman junior Luke Scott was recognized, as well as Grant as the Defensive Player of the Game.

“We got everybody into the game and they all came in and contributed to the shutout victory,” Coleman said. “It was a great way to get started. I’m pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the games.”

Decatur will take a short trip to Delaware to play the Indian River Indians, today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a big rivalry and we’re excited about the opportunity to play them,” Coleman said. “We’re just trying to get better every game.”

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