After being tied at the halftime, the Decatur Eagles dominated the second half of action Friday en route to their third consecutive win.
The Eagles (3-1) flew past the Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies (3-1) 45-29.
“All the players are excited about having three wins in a row and coming out and playing a good Hirschi team,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “We were able to contain them enough to get a win anyway.”
While Katie Isham and Joey Cantu were being crowned queen and king during homecoming ceremonies at halftime, the Eagles were making adjustments that would have them pulling away in the second half.
Decatur outscored the Huskies 31-7 in the final two quarters.
“I was more upset at halftime of Burkburnett last week because I didn’t think we were playing very hard,” Story said about the halftime talk. “I felt like we were getting after it tonight. We just didn’t execute offensively as well early.
“We just wanted to come out and contain their big plays and execute better offensively.”
That is exactly what the Eagles did. After quarterback Grayson Muehlstein threw an interception to start the half, the Eagles got the ball back on a fumble recovery by Junior Alvarez.
One play later, Cain Lowe tossed his second touchdown of the night on a double-pass play. He hit Muehlstein for a 46-yard score that put Decatur up 21-14.
“He’s [Lowe] a talented player,” Story said. “He can run, he’s got good speed and he catches and throws the ball well too. He had a couple of good throws tonight.”
The Huskies immediately responded with a 70-yard kickoff return by Cedrick Battle to set up inside the Decatur 10-yard line. Battle ended the night with 129 yards on the ground. Two plays later Hirschi quarterback Terrance Cooper took it in to tie the score again 21-21.
Muehlstein came right back, orchestrating another drive, where he capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown run. He led the Eagles in rushing, passing and receiving.
Decatur would never trail again. Midway through the fourth quarter Clark Allen hit a 26-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 31-21.
Carsen Medlin and Ryan Durdon came up with late interceptions to help seal the deal and Alvarez recovered his second fumble of the game to put things away.
“The Battle kid got in the open field early and scored,” Story said. “After we saw the draw and the screen then we played it better after that.”
Muehlstein added an eight yard touchdown late and Meyers capped things off with a nine-yard run.
Hirschi would add one more score with a under a minute to go when Cooper hit Battle on a 6-yard touchdown pass.
Meyers got the scoring started in the first half, with a two-yard run to tie the game 7-7 after the Huskies had scored on the third play of the game.
Lowe threw his first touchdown pass of night midway through the second quarter on a reverse pass to Austin Givens.
DECATUR 45, WF HIRSCHI 29
Decatur … 0 … 14 … 14 … … 17 … – … 45
WF Hirschi … 7 … 7 … 7 … … 8 … – … 29
Hirschi – Cedrick Battle 60 run; Luis Enriquez kidk
Decatur – Justin Meyers 2 run; Clark Allen kick
Hirschi – Battle 22 run; Enriquiez kick
Decatur – Cain Lowe 47 pass to Austin Givens; Allen kick
Decatur – Lowe 46 pass to Grayson Muehlstein; Allen kick
Hirschi – Terrance Cooper 3 run; Enriquez kick
Decatur- Muehlstein 8 run; Allen kick
Decatur – Allen 26 field goal
Decatur – Muehlstein 8 run; Allen kick
Decatur – Meyers 9 run; Allen kick
HIRSCHI … DECATUR
First Downs … 15 … 22
Rushes Yards … 167 … 218
Passing Yards … 168 … 247
Total Yards … 335 … 465
Comp-Att-Int … 15-27-2 … 14-20-2
Fumbles lost … 3-2 … 0-0
Penalties … 9-78 … 11-65
Rushing – Decatur, Grayson Muehlstein 20-88; Hirschi, Cedrick Battle 13-129
Receiving – Decatur, Muehlstein 2-69; Hirschi Lakari Williams 3-41
Passing – Decatur, Muehlstein, 10-16-122; Hirschi, Terrance Cooper 15-26-188