(Nov. 9, 2018) The Stephen Decatur football team ended the season with a bang, winning the final game of the season last Friday, 61-0, over the Snow Hill Eagles in Berlin.
“The boys played better than they have played,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “It’s really nice for the seniors. They got to go out with a win for their last game.”
Knox said the coaching staff tried to get the seniors playing offense involved in the action by giving them the ball for an opportunity to score.
“We wanted to make it memorable for them,” he said. “It’s a nice win at the end of the season and a nice stepping stone for next year.”
Junior running back Devin Waters racked up 150 yards on six carries. He scored two touchdowns. On defense, Waters had five tackles.
Senior fullback Ty’Quan Briddell rushed three times for 22 yards with one touchdown. He also caught a 25-yard pass from freshman quarterback Ashten Snelsire for a touchdown.
Briddell made six tackles on defense. Junior DaCameron McAfee had five tackles and two sacks.
Senior Connor Carpenter tallied seven tackles.
“It was nice to end the season on a high note, especially for the seniors,” Knox said. “Hopefully it’s something to build on and encouragement to get better in the offseason.”
Decatur finished the season with a 3-7 record.
“[The season] didn’t go as expected. I thought we’d be a little better than that,” Knox said.
On the plus side, Knox said, “It was a pleasure to coach the kids, especially the seniors.”
“They were a great group of kids,” he added.
A number of main contributors will be graduating – four offensive linemen, all of the team’s wide receivers, three of the four defensive backs and one defensive lineman, Knox said.
“That’s a lot, but hopefully we will fill in the gaps with the younger kids coming in,” he said. “The JV had a successful season. There’s a good group of JV kids coming up and hopefully they’ll have a bright future.”