Everything came together for the Decatur Eagles Friday. The offense exploded for over 500 yards and the defense bent but didn’t break against Springtown.
It all added up to the first win of the season, and the Eagles now enter a part of their schedule where they could string some wins together.
Decatur (1-1) goes for two wins in a row at Burkburnett (0-2) Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“We still have plenty room for improvement,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “We did tackle better and had better execution offensively.”
The win comes a week earlier than the Eagles picked up their first victory last year. Decatur has a chance now to win a few more before another big test against Alvarado, prior to the start of the district schedule.
“Anytime you can get a win it gives you a sense of confidence,” Story said. “It’s nice to put last week’s game in the win column and even up our record.”
Burkburnett started the season with losses to Gainesville and Wichita Falls High. Long known as a power running team, the Bulldogs switched to the spread offense a couple of years ago but are back to a power running game in 2013.
Adjusting to a running offense after seeing so many spread teams can be a test for a defense.
“It’s a big challenge for us defensively,” Story said. “It’s good to see it because Gainesville and Alvarado have strong running games too.”
If the defense can get the stops Friday, the Eagle offense appears to be improving each week. The Eagles were dangerous on the ground and through the air against Springtown.
Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein rushed for 263 yards and threw for another 131.
Story says they plan on continuing to give the starter a break here and there throughout the game. Backup signal-caller Justin Meyers orchestrated two series last week and scored a touchdown on one.
“We want to get him a possession each half,” Story said. “It gets him some game experience and helps prepare him for next year.”
AT BURKBURNETT (0-2)
at Bulldog Stadium
Decatur: Harris Rating 211
Notable: Decatur’s offense exploded for over 500 yards last week.
Burkburnett: Harris Rating 196
Notable: The Bulldogs have just two wins dating back to the start of last year.
Harris line: Decatur by 14