After a grueling nine weeks on the grid iron, the Decatur Eagles finally got a rest last Friday with an open date.
The Eagles (3-6, 0-3) return to the field to conclude their season Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium against the Sanger Indians (0-9, 0-3).
“We were able to get some good work in,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “We hope to go out with a win on senior night.”
Friday’s game has no playoff implications as both teams go in winless in District 9-3A play. Sanger fell to Bridgeport last week, 47-24.
It wasn’t the season Decatur envisioned after being picked by many to be district champs, but with one game left they can still go out on a winning note.
“We want to end on a positive note,” Story said. “Sanger is playing better as of late and playing with a lot of enthusiasm.”
The Indians are throwing the ball a lot more late in the season. Quarterback Brandon Mann put up over 200 yards passing on 32 attempts against Bridgeport. Derek Shelby led them in rushing with 96.
It will be another test for a Decatur secondary that has struggled all season long.
“We have to be able to cover them up and pressure their quarterback,” Story said. “We also need to stop their run game.”
With nothing to play for it can be difficult to get a team motivated for a seemingly meaningless game, but Story says you just have to approach it a different way.
“We are going to tell them to go out and have fun,” Story said. “That’s why you sign up to play football – to go out and win games.”
SANGER (0-9, 0-3) AT DECATUR (3-6, 0-3)
7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium
DECATUR: Harris Rating 200
NOTABLE: The Eagles are trying to break a four game losing streak.
SANGER: Harris Rating 187
NOTABLE: Sanger had their second highest scoring output of the season last week with 24 against Bridgeport.
HARRIS LINE: Decatur by 15