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(Sept. 17, 2021) Even though the Stephen Decatur football team was on the road last Friday, playing the Indian River Indians in Delaware, the fan support was strong for the visiting Seahawks.

“The community support at the Indian River game was unbelievable,” said Decatur Coach Jake Coleman. “We may of had more fans then they did. They came in as a community and represented Stephen Decatur tremendously and the kids appreciate all the support.”

And having such a large cheering section made the 48-15 victory even more exciting.

Junior Luke Mergott got things going for Decatur. He picked up an Indian River fumble and scored on the next play. He was then successful on the two-point conversion.

The Indians made it 8-6, before Mergott scored again off an eight-yard pass from senior quarterback Ashten Snelsire.

Decatur led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Sophomore Brycen Coleman ran the ball 43 yards to boost the Seahawks’ advantage to 20-6 in the second quarter.

Before halftime, Indian River had cut Decatur’s lead to five (20-15).

“Indian River is an extremely physical team and they beat us up a bit in the first half,” Coleman said. “But I think our depth [eventually] wore them out. We were able to go ahead and use our depth to our advantage.”

Senior RJ Brittingham ran the ball 46 yards for a touchdown, then sophomore Caden Shockley carried the ball 31 yards into the end zone in the third quarter. Both of sophomore Brogan Eastlack’s kicks were good, and Decatur was ahead 34-15 at the end of the quarter.

Senior Zimere Handy and Mergott finished the scoring for Decatur in the fourth quarter. Eastlack was again successful for the extra points.

“We played excellent. The offensive line played lights-out,” Coleman said. “The entire line did an amazing job … The field was mushy and to play that well in those conditions shows a lot of mental toughness.”

Leading the team in rushing was Brittingham with 72 yards on seven carries. Coleman racked up 60 yards on three carries, and also caught three passes for 106 yards. Shockley added 56 yards on five carries.

Snelsire was 9-for-19, passing for 159 yards.

The Decatur defense was led by seniors Jerry Grant and Henry Brous, who each made 10 tackles. Junior Daegan Risser and senior Kresen Muir had seven tackles apiece.

Decatur will travel to Stevensville to play the Kent Island Buccaneers at 6 p.m. today, Friday.

“It will be a very tough game and we’ll have to play our best to win,” Coleman said. “To be successful, we’ll need to eliminate penalties, take care of the football and run the football, and stop their running attack.”

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