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Eagles look for better start

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After their final scrimmage against Graham, the Decatur Eagles were left scratching their heads.

But the Steers may have done the Eagles a favor by exposing a lot of things they need to improve on before they take the field Friday night for a 7:30 game at Trinity Christian.

READY TO GO – Decatur’s Gage Frank hauls in a pass in the Eagles’ scrimmage against Graham. Decatur begins its season Friday against Trinity Christian. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We saw some good things after going back and looking at the film,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “We just have to execute more consistently and not give up all the big plays.”

Graham torched the Decatur defense and the Eagles will see the same kind of attack against the Trojans this week.

Trinity Christian rolled through Decatur in last season’s opener for a 55-24 victory.

“We are going to have to match up better on their routes,” Story said.

Graham consistently torched Decatur with big plays, attacking the secondary. Trinity Christian has the talent to do the same. The Trojans are heavy favorites in their district and return 16 starters – including nine in a very talented defense.

Linebacker Brock Bacon is attracting a lot of FBS interest with his ability to rush the quarterback.

With both teams running a hurry-up style offense Friday it could make for a long game. The team not moving the ball consistently could put a strain on their defense.

Story knows he’ll need more consistency out of his offense to make sure it’s not his defense that’s out on the field the longest.

“They don’t have a lot of holes defensively,” Story said. “We have to be more consistent and move the ball on them.”

A lot hinges on quarterback Grayson Muehlstein. The offense struggled to move the chains against Graham, and Story says he will need more out of his quarterback.

“There is room for improvement there,” Story said. “He’s just got to make good decisions and pick up first downs. Overall, I think he had a good scrimmage.”

Muehlstein will have his top running back, Levi Rust, back for the opener. Rust was held out of the Graham scrimmage for precautionary reasons.

“I feel good about our team,” Story said. “We have a long way to go, but I feel we can get there with this group.”

DECATUR (0-0) AT
TCA ADDISON (0-0)

7:30 p.m.
at Tom Landry Stadium

Decatur: Harris Rating 201

Notable: The Eagles will try to erase a 55-24 thumping to the Trojans a year ago.

TCA: Harris Rating – No rating

Notable: Trojan receiver Brock Thomas had 1,231 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012.

Harris line: No line

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