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Eagles offense takes flight; Quinn sets tone with early score

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BIRD'S-EYE VIEW - Filmers take in the action on the field as a kick sails through the uprights during the Blue/White scrimmage Saturday night at the Decatur practice field. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Dillon Quinn provided fireworks on the opening play of the Decatur Eagles’ Blue/White Scrimmage Saturday night.

Quinn caught a pass from quarterback Garrett Muehlstein in space and sprinted past the defense for the 70-yard score.

“It was great,” said the senior receiver. “As soon as I caught it, all I could think was to run.”

TAKING A NUMBER - Decatur quarterback Garrett Muehlstein receives his jersey from coach Kyle Story during the Meet the Eagles event Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Quinn’s opening score was only the beginning of an impressive show by the Decatur offense in the live scrimmage at the high school practice field. The Eagles’ first-team offense scored four times in its first set of 20 plays. Two more touchdowns were scored in the final set of plays with a majority of the first-team offense against the top defensive unit.

“The starting offense looked good and executed,” said coach Kyle Story. “We saw a lot of good things. Garrett and [Tyler] Hodges threw the ball well when they were in there. The receivers ran the good routes, and our offensive line did a good job of blocking up front.”

Muehlstein started at quarterback for the Eagles and connected on all five of his pass attempts in the first set. He finished the night 8-for-12 for 237 yards and a score. Muehlstein also ran for three scores.

Hodges completed five of his 11 attempts through the air. He ran for three scores.

Quinn led the Decatur receivers with four receptions of 25 yards or more.

“He’s got the ability to be explosive and get down the field,” Story said.

Quinn said the offense showed what they are capable of.

“The offense is going to be a lot better than last year,” he said. “Tonight we were very good, and we really just ran our basic stuff.”

The Decatur first-team defense allowed a touchdown on its set. Story said the group was working at a disadvantage because it was not allowed to hit the quarterback.

“Defensively, we were a little gun-shy with the quarterbacks,” the Decatur coach said. “We saw a lot a good things defensively. They played physical up front.”

Story said they would not be holding back defensively Saturday at 9 a.m. at Kennedale.

QUICK START - Decatur wide receiver Dillon Quinn races to the end zone after catching a pass on the opening play of the Blue/White scrimmage Saturday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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