Krum game to be uphill battle

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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BREAKING TACKLES – Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein carries a would-be tackler Friday against Gainesville. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur Eagles will try to get back on track when they return home for homecoming.

Decatur (3-4, 0-1) hosts the Krum Bobcats (7-0, 1-0) Friday at Eagle Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles had things unravel on them during the second quarter against Gainesville, and they were not able to put the pieces back together.

There is not much time to repair the damage.

“It comes down to these last three games,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said about fighting for a postseason spot. “We’ve got to at least get two of the next three.”

Decatur has a lot of holes to get fixed and they are dealing with numerous injuries.

Seven players are currently hobbled by some sort of injury including leading rushers Levi Rust and Max Junkart. Rust had healed up from a thigh bruise he suffered against Alvarado, but hurt his shoulder against Gainesville. Junkart is dealing with an ankle sprain.

The Eagles need at least one or both of those guys back as they try to repair their offensive woes. Decatur running backs only accounted for 33 yards against the Leopards.

On top of that, Decatur has to get ready for a very good up-and-coming Krum team. The Bobcats are undefeated in their first season competing in the UIL. They defeated Bridgeport last week, 34-14.

“They have surprised a lot of people this year,” Story said about the start at Krum, a legend in basketball. “They have a good running game that executes well. They have a very capable running back and good offensive line.”

The Bobcats rushed for 380 yards against Bridgeport, scoring 20 fourth-quarter points to put the game away.

Homecoming is another issue Decatur will have to deal with while looking to end a losing streak.

“We worry about those distractions,” Story said. “But it is good for the kids to experience and enjoy the situation. When it comes down to it though, they need to focus on winning the game.”

KRUM (7-0, 1-0) AT DECATUR (3-4, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium

DECATUR: Harris Rating: 207

NOTABLE: The Eagles have scored 21 points in its last eight quarters.

KRUM: Harris Rating: 213

NOTABLE: Krum is in their first year of UIL district competition. The Bobcats held Bridgeport to only 117 rushing yards.

HARRIS LINE: Krum by 13

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