It was another disappointing start to the season for the Decatur Eagles Friday, as they lost a lopsided contest to Trinity Christian for the second straight year.
Decatur sets out to turn things around as they prepare for the Springtown Porcupines in their home opener this week.
The Eagles (0-1) host Springtown (0-1) Friday at Eagle Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“Overall we’ve got to make some improvements,” Decatur head coach Kyle Story said. “Despite the score, I was encouraged with our team. The effort was good. We just have to get more physical on both sides of the ball.”
The Eagles were only down two touchdowns at halftime, but failed to score in the final two quarters.
“After we got up 6-0, we sort of self-destructed,” Story said.
The Eagles look to play more consistently against Springtown, who jumped out to an early lead on Decatur last year.
“We gave up four quick touchdowns,” Story said about last season’s game. “We got back in the game, but we’ve got to get off to a better start.”
Springtown lost 44-41 to Liberty Christian in their opener.
Sophomore quarterback Landry Turner threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns against the Warriors. The Porcupines also rushed for 225 yards.
A struggling Decatur defense will have its hands full again trying to slow down a dangerous offense.
“We’ve got to be physical up front,” Story said. “We have to get off blocks and make tackles. We can’t have any missed tackles.”
Decatur’s offense should have some opportunities against a defense that gave up 44 points last week.
Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein protected the ball and passed for 183 yards, but didn’t get much help from the running game.
AT DECATUR (0-1)
at Eagle Stadium
Decatur: Harris Rating 201
Notable: Decatur trailed 37-10 to Springtown at halftime last season, before losing 37-30.
Springtown: Harris Rating 214
Notable: Springtown sophomore quarterback Landry Turner threw for 296 yards against Liberty Christian last week.
Harris line: Springtown by 13