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Indians blank Decatur

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, October 6, 2012

OUT OF REACH – Decatur’s Austin Givens lunges to make the tackle against Alvarado’s Marcus McNeil. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The No. 15 Alvarado Indians proved to be too much for the Decatur Eagles Friday. Alvarado used a 21 point second quarter to propel them to a 35-0 win.

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“Defensively we played pretty good the first couple of series,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “Special teams killed us all night. We gave them a lot of short fields and we got beat by a better more physical football team.”

The Eagles were able to keep the game scoreless until late in the first quarter. Alvarado finally got their offense going with a 41-yard run by Lee Hardy to take a 7-0 lead.

The Indians would strike again on their first three drives in the second quarter. Two of those drives began in Decatur territory because of a dismal night of special teams. Decatur punted five times for an average of 8 yards.

“Tyler White had been punting for us and he got dinged up,” Story said. “He was out and we were trying other punters.”

Decatur never found another punter and Alvarado took advantage. Lee Hardy put the Indians on the board again with a 17-yard scamper to give Alvarado a 14-0 lead.

On the ensuing kick, Max Junkart let the ball go off his hands and the ball trickled out of bounds at the five-yard line. Decatur could not get anything going deep in their own territory and after a short punt Alvarado started at the Eagle 16-yard line.

Five plays later, Kenny West kept the ball on a quarterback keeper extending Alvarado’s lead to 21-0.

The Indians would hold again and take advantage of another short Eagle punt.

Set up at the Decatur 43-yard line, Alvarado capped off a seven play drive with another Lee Hardy touchdown run. This time from 15-yards out, giving the Indians a 28-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles continued to struggle offensively in the second half and were without Levi Rust who was injured on the last play of the second quarter.

“He got a bruise and was limping around,” Story said about the Rust injury. “Hopefully it’s just a bruise and he’ll be ready to go next week.”

Alvarado would add one more score halfway through the fourth quarter when Hardy crossed the goal line for the fourth time.

The Decatur defense had it’s moments but Story is more concerned about generating some offense and cutting down on penalties before district starts next week.

“They are killing us,” Story said about the penalty situation. “We just can’t have those penalties. They out played our offense and they were better defensively than we even expected.”

AROUND THE CORNER – Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein tries to get to the corner against Alvarado Friday.

ALVARADO 35, DECATUR 0

Alvarado … 7 … 21 … 0 … … 7-35
Decatur … 0 … 0 … 0 … … 0-0

FIRST QUARTER

Alvarado – Lee Hardy 41 run; Favela kick

SECOND QUARTER

Alvarado – Hardy 17 run: Favela kick
Alvarado – Kenny West 1 run: Favela kick
Alvarado – Hardy 15 run: Favela kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Alvarado – Hardy 8 run; Favela kick

ALVARADO … DECATUR

First downs … 17 … 6
Rushes-yards … 41-254 … 34-67
Passing yards … 41 … 71
Total yards … 295 … 138
Comp-Att-Int … 4-9-2 … 8-17-1
Punts … 2-24 … 5-8
Fumbles … 2-2 … 0-0
Penalties … 6-40 … 9-85

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: Alvarado, Hardy 18-132; Decatur, Max Junkart 11-40.
Passing: Alvarado, Kenny Smith 4-942-2; Decatur, Grayson Muehlstein 8-17-71-1.
Receiving: Alvarado, Hayden Walraven 3-28; Decatur, Cain Lowe, 2-38.

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