SPORTS HEADLINES

Eagles’ season hits tough turbulence

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

{{{*}}}With one more week before the district season begins, the Decatur Eagles have drawn a tough opponent for a final tune-up.

Decatur (3-2) returns home to take on the No. 15 Alvarado Indians (4-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium.

The Eagles are coming off a rough outing against Iowa Park, but were able to come away with a victory.

“Anytime you can get a win you have to feel good,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “We did not play our best, but were still able to get a win.”

According to Story, his team took a step backwards against Iowa Park.

“We executed well at times, but we made some mistakes that I thought we were past,” Story said. “We’ve got to go back and address those areas.”

The Eagles go back to the practice field to try to fix the things that went wrong as they prepare for Alvarado.

The Indians are coming off their first loss of the season, a 14-13 setback to Waco Connally. The loss dropped them out of the top-ten, but the 2011 state runners-up have impressive wins against, Mexia, Southwest, China Spring and Bridgeport.

Story says the Eagles are excited about the chance to play one of the state’s best.

“This is a great opportunity to see how we measure up,” Story said. “Games like this are the reason you sign up to play football.”

To pull off the upset, Decatur will have to find a way to slow down the powerful Indian running game. Alvarado is averaging 294 rushing yards per game, led by running backs Marcus McNeil and Lee Hardy. The two have combined for nearly 1,200 yards this season.

“They have a power running game, and can hit a play action pass on you,” Story said. “When McNeil lines up in the backfield we are going to have to have all eyes on him.”

ALVARADO (4-1) AT DECATUR (3-2)
7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium

Decatur: Harris Rating 220

Notable: Levi Rust leads the Eagles with five rushing touchdowns.

Alvarado: Harris Rating 233

Notable: The Indians suffered their first loss of the season last week to Waco Connally.

Harris line: Alvarado by 14

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