A solid combination of deft passing and strong running lifted the Decatur Eagles to a 49-9 rout of the Hirschi Huskies at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium Friday night.
“I was real pleased with the way we came out and executed early,” said Decatur head coach Kyle Story. “It’s good to score four touchdowns in the first half.”
After forcing a three-and-out on Hirschi’s first possession, Decatur responded with a steady drive capped by a four-yard touchdown run by running back Levi Rust. The junior had the most touches on the ball as he finished the night with 76 yards on 18 totes.
The second Decatur score of the first quarter came when junior quarterback Grayson Muehlstein found a wide open Jared Durdon on the opposite side of the field. Durdon dashed untouched into the endzone giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Muehlstein showed a steady hand both in the pocket and when flushed out. He completed 10 of 12 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He spread the ball around hitting five different receivers, four of them hauling in touchdowns. He added 21 more yards on the ground on seven carries.
“They kind of surprised me,” Muehlstein said of his receiving corps. “They made some really good catches. They just keep getting better every week.”
The Eagles also made some noise on the ground. Early in the second quarter fullback Max Junkert ran through a hole in the line, bounced off a defender, broke a couple of arm tackles and rumbled with speed down the middle of the field on a 60-yard touchdown run.
Junkert finished the night with 135 yards on eight carries – a staggering 16.57 yards-per-carry.
With a minute left in the first half Muehlstein floated a pass to Cain Lowe in the corner of the endzone. A 31-yard field goal by Hirschi’s Adama Jackson as time expired in the second quarter made the game 28-3 at half.
Decatur struck two more times in the third. Hunter Aragon pushed through defenders on a three-yard touchdown run. A few minutes later Muehlstein hit Ben Blattner on a 10-yard pass into the endzone.
Near the end of the third quarter Hirschi got their only touchdown and final points of the evening when senior runningback Queysean Sanders used a burst to dash 49 yards for a touchdown.
And early in the fourth Muehlstein threw his fourth and final touchdown pass when he found Cory Durndon racing down the sideline and into the endzone.
Story gave a lot of credit to the offensive line, naming Kevin Lindsey, Carlos Gonzalez and Shayler Carlton for being a force up front.
And although the defense gave up 268 yards on the ground they made plays when it counted.
“We played in good position to make plays and although we gave up some yards on the ground we kept them from scoring,” Story said.
The Eagles defense found themselves nose to nose with a female offensive line-person near the end of the night. On the last couple of series, senior center Brianna Chitwood lined up for the Huskies.
“Our third-string nose guard did a good job of keeping her contained,” Story said.
The Eagles move to 2-2 for the season as the Huskies fall to 0-4.
DECATUR 49, HISCHI 9
Decatur … 14 … 14 … 14 … 7-49
Hirschi … 0 … 3 … 6 … 0-9
6:55 Decatur Levi Rust 31-yard run; Clark Allen kick
2:26 Decatur Grayson Muehlstein 43-yard pass to Jared Durdon; Allen kick
9:22 Decatur Max Junkert 60-yard run; Allen kick
1:03 Decatur Muehlstein 18-yard pass to Cain Lowe; Allen kick
0:00 Hirschi Adam Jackson 31-yard field goal
9:15 Decatur Hunter Aragon 3-yard run; Allen kick
6:33 Decatur Muehlstein 10-yard pass Ben Blattner; Allen kick
1:09 Hirschi Queysean Sanders 49-yard run; Jackson kick failed
9:50 Decatur Muehlstein 43-yard pass Cory Durdon; Allen kick
DECATUR … HIRSCHI
First Downs … 21 … 13
Rushes Yards … 272 … 268
Passing Yards … 215 … 69
Total Yards … 487 … 337
Comp-Att-Int … 10-12-0 … 9-15-0
Punts … 1-24 … 2-24
Fumbles lost … 3-1 … 4-2
Penalties … 7-61 … 11-94
Decatur – Max Junkert 8-135 1 TD, Levi Rust 18-76 1 TD; Hirschi – Queysean Sanders 15-124 1 TD
Decatur – Grayson Muehlstein 10-12-215 4 TDs; Rico Shumpert 4-5-41
Decatur – Cory Durdon 3-69 1 TD, Cain Lowe 3-62 1 TD; Hirschi – Cedrick Battle 2-33