SPORTS HEADLINES

Decatur goes on the offensive

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012

THROUGH THE HOLE – Damien Loving slips through the line on his way to the end zone, but his trip down the field was cut short by the defense. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Grayson Muehlstein got off to an impressive start Saturday night during Decatur’s intersquad scrimmage. The new Eagles’ quarterback ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, leading the first-team offense to four touchdowns in five drives.

”He [Muehlstein] did a good job and made good decisions,” Decatur head coach Kyle Story said. “It wasn’t a full game worth of plays, but in 20 reps he made good decisions.”

The Eagles’ first-team offense used a very balanced attack, keeping the defense on its heels throughout the scrimmage.

Muehlstein capped off the first scoring drive with an 11-yard scamper up the middle of the field.

He added another 75 yard run for a score. Muehlstein then connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass. He went 3-for-7 for 129 yards.

Damien Loving added another touchdown with a 32-yard run. Loving ran the ball seven times for 73 yards.

Story was impressed with how the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage.

“I was really pleased with the first offensive line and especially their pass protection tonight,” Story said.

Defensively the Eagles were just as impressive. The first unit did not allow a first down, stuffing the run at the line of scrimmage on numerous occasions.

Story was happy with the first performance of the season.

“I was very pleased with the physical play,” Story said. “We had some mental mistakes, but that is to be expected. There was no effort problem tonight. We just had a few mental errors, but we will get all that ironed out.”

SLIPPING BY – Running back Max Junkert gives at least two defenders the slip as he racks up yards during the Eagles’ scrimmage Saturday. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

MIXING IT UP – Running back Jared Durdon goes up the middle on a play during the Eagles’ first scrimmage. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

FACING OPPOSITION – The ball is handed to running back Hunter Aragon only for him to see several defensive players heading right for him. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

GOT A PLAN – Jack Reeves explains the finer points of the plays practiced during Decatur’s scrimmage. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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