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Eagles pass first test

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Decatur Eagles came away from their scrimmage against Mineral Wells Friday with some good signs, and some areas of concern.

“Things went decent for a first scrimmage,” head coach Kyle Story said. “I was pleased with the offensive line and defense.”

Still Improving

STILL IMPROVING – Decatur’s Eddie Martinez finds a crease in the defense during the blue-white scrimmage. The Eagles host Graham Thursday in their second and final scrimmage. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The teams ran 20 plays with their first units and then 15 with the second before ending the scrimmage with one live quarter.

Decatur scored quickly on their first possession of the night, but after that, they had trouble finishing drives.

In the live quarter, the Eagles scored first and connected on the extra point. Mineral Wells answered but missed their point-after try.

“We moved the ball, but we had trouble in the red zone,” Story said. “I liked how we were able to move the ball, but we have to finish off drives.”

Starting quarterback Grayson Muehlstein saw his first action of the season after being held out of the blue-white scrimmage last week. Muehlstein threw the ball well, connecting twice with Gage Frank for touchdown passes.

Defensively, Story continues to see improvement. The unit forced three turnovers.

“Overall we need to be better blockers and tacklers,” Story said. “We just need to be more physical.”

Decatur gets their final test before the regular season when they scrimmage Graham at Eagle Stadium Thursday.

It should give them a good indication of where they stand, since the Steers begin the season ranked No. 8 in the state.

“I want to see improvement in our execution,” Story said. “We also need to be more physical. It will be a good test going against a top-ten team in the state.”

After a set number of plays from each schools first and second teams, the scrimmage will end with either a live quarter or half.

The freshmen get underway at 6 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at 7 p.m. and then the varsity at 8 p.m.

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