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Eagles look to continue playoff run

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{{{*}}}Don’t look now, but another Decatur team is making noise this fall.

While the cross country and volleyball programs have both produced state titles this month, the Decatur football team has won five games in a row and gone three rounds deep into the playoffs.

Good Times

GOOD TIMES – The Decatur Eagles pose after winning their area round playoff game over Wilmer-Hutchins. Decatur battles Tyler Chapel Hill Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Eagles are preparing for the Class 3A Region II semifinal as they hope to continue their own march to state.

Decatur (9-3) takes on the Chapel Hill Bulldogs (8-4) Friday at Forney City Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles have rolled through their first two playoff opponents, outscoring them 110-41.

Despite those four losses, Chapel Hill will be the Eagles’ toughest test to date.

The Bulldogs fell to Class 3A top-10 teams Carthage, Gilmer and Kilgore. Their other defeat was to the No. 3 team in Class 4A, Whitehouse.

Those four teams have a combined record of 48-2. Chapel Hill defeated Athens and Crandall in the first two rounds of the postseason.

“This is the best team we will have played all year,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “They are talented and well-coached. They are good on both sides of the football.”

Quarterback Andrew Black leads the Bulldog attack. He’s thrown for 2,233 yards and rushed for 1,146.

Black has a few weapons around him too. Wesley Thompson has rushed for 882 yards, and Gabriel Robinson has 940 receiving yards.

“They look a lot like us offensively with one- and two-back sets,” Story said. “Their quarterback is a good decision-maker and leader on the field.”

It should be a great battle between the two quarterbacks Friday. Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein continued his postseason tear against Wilmer Hutchins with 347 all-purpose yards.

“We need to execute really well to keep pace with them,” Story said.

Levi Rust is expected back this week after sitting out the last game due to injury. Wade Laughlin suffered a slight sprain against Wilmer-Hutchins, but is listed as probable for Friday.

“We are playing better right now than at any point of the season,” Story said. “We just have to keep executing and improving and hopefully take another step forward this week.”

Knocked Away

KNOCKED AWAY – Decatur’s Austin Givens goes up to make the reception against Wilmer-Hutchins Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DECATUR (8-3) VS. CHAPEL HILL (8-4)
7:30 p.m. at Forney City Bank Stadium

Radio: Online at kntxradio.com
Decatur: The Eagles have outscored their first two playoff opponents, 110-41.
Chapel Hill: The Bulldogs have won two state football titles, in 1989 and 2011.
Harris line: Chapel Hill by 15

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