As the temperatures dropped and the rain moved in Friday night, the spirit of Krum fans was doused early. After the Bobcats scored the first touchdown of the game, the Decatur Eagles (5-3, 1-1) scored the next six on their way to a 41-14 victory. It’s the first district win of the season for the Eagles.
“It’s a big win for us because it’s a district win,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “It puts us another step ahead toward the playoffs. Our goal is to still be playing that 11th week in the playoffs.
“We’ve got to go get ready to make that next step next week.”
The Eagles were able to gain some momentum as they prepare for their cross-county rival Bridgeport next week.
After going down 7-0, the Eagles took only four plays to score on their first possession. Eddie Martinez took it in from 27-yards out to tie the game 7-7.
Decatur’s defense came up with a stop on the Bobcat’s next drive, and the Eagle offense went right back to work.
Grayson Muehlstein found Cain Lowe for an 18-yard touchdown strike to give Decatur their first lead, 14-7. It was the first of four times the duo would hook up on the night.
Muehlstein ended the night with 280 yards through the air, and Lowe had a 176 receiving yards.
Decatur’s defense stood tough again with another stop late in the first quarter.
“We didn’t make any adjustments after they scored that first time, we just starting executing better,” Story said about his defense. “We just played better from that point on.”
Early in the second quarter the Eagles struck again when Muehlstein kept it himself for a 16-yard touchdown run. Decatur scored on six of their first seven possessions.
“Grayson made good decisions on throwing the ball, and all our receivers caught the ball well,” Story said. “Our passing game opened up our running game, and our guys did a good job up front.”
Muehlstein found Lowe again midway through the second quarter for a five-yard touchdown strike, giving the Eagles a 28-7 lead.
Decatur had an opportunity for more points before the half but were held on downs at the Krum one-yard line right before the end of the second quarter.
The Eagles added two more touchdowns early in the third quarter to put the game away.
Muehlstein hit Lowe two more times, both on 35-yard touchdown passes.
Decatur went to the run game for the final quarter-and-a-half, led by freshman Peyton McAlister finishing as the game’s leading rusher with 83 yards.
Krum added one more touchdown late in the third when quarterback Colton Graham scored on a one yard keeper.
Decatur returns home next week for their home finale against Bridgeport.
DECATUR 41, KRUM 14
Decatur … 14 … 14 … 13 … … 0 … – … 41
Krum … 7 … 0 … 7 … … 0 … – … 14
Krum – Brendan Ellis 34 run; Miguel Licea kick
Decatur – Eddie Martinez 27 run; Clark Allen kick
Decatur – Grayson Muehlstein 18 pass to Cain Lowe; Allen kick
Decatur – Muehlstein 16 run; Allen kick
Decatur – Muehlstein 5 pass to Lowe; Allen kick
Decatur – Muehlstein 35 pass to Lowe; kick failed
Decatur – Muehlstein 25 pass to Lowe; Martinez kick
Krum – Colton Graham 1 run; Licea kick
DECATUR … KRUM
First Downs … 27 … 11
Rushing Yards … 239 … 148
Passing Yards … 298 … 31
Total Yards … 537 … 179
Comp-Att-Int … 20-28-0 … 2-7-0
Fumbles lost … 0-0 … 1-0
Penalties … 4-30 … 3-20
Rushing – Decatur, Peyton McAllister 11-83; Krum, Brennan Ellis 25-79
Receiving – Decatur, Cain Lowe 11-176; Krum, Carter Stokes, 1-30
Passing – Decatur, Muehlstein 18-26-280; Krum, Colton Graham, 2-7-31