(Oct. 15, 2021) Although senior quarterback Ashten Snelsire and senior Zimere Handy dominated the stats for Stephen Decatur, it was a total team effort to secure a 29-22 win over the North Caroline Bulldogs last Friday in Ridgely, Maryland.
Snelsire completed 76.5 percent of his passes (13-for-17, 132 yards).
“Ashten week after week continues to play well against really good defenses. He works so hard on being the best he can be. He throws the ball really accurately, he’s really committed and he brings a professional approach to the quarterback position,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “The offensive line has just been amazing. They give him a clear pocket and the receivers have done a good job getting open. It’s really a team effort why he’s so successful.”
Handy got his first extensive action at running back this season. He ran for 136 yards (9.7 average) on 14 carries, and caught four passes for 42 yards, with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
“Zimere led the state at the slot position (recorded the most receptions in Maryland with 74) last year and we try to move him around to make it difficult for defenses to scheme again him,” Coleman said. “He’s just a tremendous talent. He just took over that game against North Caroline. He’s so versatile and such a good player.”
Handy caught a 16-yard pass from Snelsire to put Decatur on the board. Sophomore Brogan Eastlack was successful on the kick for the extra point.
North Caroline tied it up, 7-7, in the first quarter. Neither team scored in the second quarter.
Snelsire threw 28 yards to Handy in the third quarter. Eastlack’s kick was good. Handy then ran the ball 63 yards for a touchdown. Junior Luke Mergott was successful on the two-point conversion.
Decatur led 22-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Snelsire ran the ball seven yards into the end zone and Eastlack made his kick to increase Decatur’s lead to 29-7 in the fourth quarter.
North Caroline scored twice to cut Decatur’s advantage to seven, but the visiting Seahawks held on for the victory. It was Decatur’s first win over North Caroline since 2014, according to Assistant Coach Russ Croteau.
Mergott led the Decatur defense with 11 tackles (four solo, seven assists).
Sophomore Gavin Solito (eight solo, one assist), junior Daegan Risser (nine assists) and seniors Kresen Muir (five/four) and Joe Buxbaum (two/seven) had nine tackles each.
“Team defense was outstanding for the better part of the evening,” Coleman said. “They made a good North Caroline team work.”
Coleman said the coaching staff and players were so appreciative of all the fan support for the Seahawks in the Bulldogs’ stadium.
“It was unbelievable how many fans were there for us,” he said. “The crowd behind us at North Caroline made a big difference.”
Decatur was scheduled to host the Queen Anne’s Lions yesterday, Thursday, at 6 p.m. The Seahawks’ homecoming game is Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. against the Easton Warriors in Berlin.