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Eagles flying high

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{{{*}}}After a dominating win Friday over Iowa Park, the Decatur Eagles are riding a four-game win streak as they head to Alvarado Friday.

Throughout the four victories, the Eagles have shown improvement in every area of the game. They hope to keep that up in their final tune-up before district play next week.

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DENIED – The Decatur defense held their own against Iowa Park. They will get a tougher test Friday when they face a talented Alvarado run game. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Decatur (4-1) will play Alvarado (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Eagles rolled to 483 yards of offense last Friday, but head coach Kyle Story says there is still room for improvement.

“We still had some blown assignments up front with our blocking that we need to correct,” Story said. “There were also some blocking issues with our receivers and running backs.”

Story said defensively, the pass coverage and tackling need to get better. Despite that, Story said the Eagles are improving with every game.

RUNNING AWAY – Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein ran for four touchdowns against Iowa Park last week. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“I felt like it was our best game yet,” he said of the Iowa Park win. “We’ve improved a lot since early in the season.”

Decatur is rolling offensively, putting up over 40 points in their last three games. Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein has 719 passing yards and another 657 on the ground. He’s already accounted for 15 touchdowns in five games.

Alvarado is as vulnerable as they’ve been in years. The Indians have lost three straight after starting the season 2-0, and are coming off a 23-13 loss to Waco Connally.

“They’ve been beat by three good teams,” Story said. “This will be a good test for us before we begin district play against Gainesville.”

Alvarado features a power ground game that averages 295 yards rushing. Adrian Hendrick leads the way, putting up over 200 yards per game on the ground.

“Alvarado has a good physical run game,” Story said. “They will try to power it down your throat, and their defense is just as physical.”

It will be a difficult task for the Eagles to stretch the streak to five, but they are looking impressive with district two weeks away.

“It’s critical to be peaking at the right time,” Story said. “We want to take another step forward and improve every week. We want to be at our best for Gainesville.”

DECATUR (4-1) AT
ALVARADO (2-3)

7:30 p.m.
Charles Head Stadium

Decatur: Harris Rating 217

Notable: With a win, the Eagles will top their win total from 2012.

Alvarado: Harris Rating 212

Notable: The Indians average 295 rushing yards per game.Harris line: Decatur by 4

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