After a disappointing second half Friday, the Decatur Eagles dropped their second straight game and their opening district contest. They will try to get back on track this week as they head out on the road.
Decatur (4-3, 0-1) travels to take on the Krum Bobcats (3-4, 1-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“We weren’t physical in the second half and we couldn’t catch a break in the first half,” Decatur head coach Kyle Story said about the Gainesville loss. “Then we allow that big play right before the half that swings all the momentum.”
The same things that plagued the Eagles in their other two losses haunted them against the Leopards. Decatur had too many missed tackles against Gainesville and allowed too many big plays.
“We’ve got to take care of the football, play better defense and not give up the big play,” Story said as he prepared for the Bobcats.
Decatur’s main concern will be running back Brennan Ellis. He rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown against Bridgeport last week. Ellis also caught two passes for 59 yards.
“He seems to get the ball a lot for them and will line up all over the field,” Story said. “He is a playmaker for sure.”
The Eagles list Levi Rust as doubtful after he suffered concussion symptoms against Gainesville. Rust had 55 yards before he had to leave the game early.
Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein is fine and should be at full strength Friday after he had to sit out a quarter and a half with migraine headaches Friday. He passed for 209 yards in limited action.
“We’ve got to be more consistent on offense,” Story said. “When we go three and out it really hurts us. We’ve got to move the chains, manage field position and score points when we have the opportunity.”
It’s not a must-win game yet for the Eagles, but Story says they will face this one the same way as all the others.
“We approach every game with the same importance of winning it,” Story said. “It’s not do-or-die yet, but we want to win every one of them.”
DECATUR (4-3, 0-1) AT KRUM (3-4, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium
Decatur: Harris Rating 210
Notable: Decatur allowed 353 rushing yards to the Leopards last week.
Krum: Harris Rating 191
Notable: Krum won last years meeting 45-34.
Harris line: Decatur by 14