After a tough opening week loss to a good Trinity Christian team, the Decatur Eagles have strung together three straight wins, and hope to make it four with another victory this week.
The Eagles (3-1) host the Iowa Park Hawks (3-1) Friday at Eagles’ Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
If the Eagles put two halves of football together like they played the second half against Hirschi last week, there won’t be many teams that can keep up.
Decatur outscored the Huskies 31-15 in the final two quarters. They want to build on that momentum.
“I was overall pleased with the effort, especially in the second half,” Decatur head coach Kyle Story said.
The Eagles opened up their offense at the end of the second quarter and at the start of the third, as receiver Cain Lowe tossed a couple of touchdown passes.
“I’m feeling better about it,” Story said about the offense. “We’ve been a little heavy on the run side, but that does open up some passes. We just have to get off to better starts.”
That might be a difficult task Friday. Iowa Park’s defense has been the strength of their team so far.
They’ve only given up 27 points in their last two games, and defeated Mineral Wells 52-13 last week.
“Their defense is very physical in my opinion,” Story said. “They are physical at every position. We’ll have to earn everything we get.”
Decatur’s offense has been potent in their last three wins, putting up 121 points in that span – an average of just over 40.
Despite the output, Story says there are still things to work on.
“We’ve got to improve our blocking up front and execute our run game,” Story said. “We want to stay a little more balanced offensively.”
Iowa Park doesn’t possess a lot of speed, but they will throw out several different running backs in an effort to keep everyone fresh.
When he has time to throw, quarterback Derrick Ponder can be dangerous with his accuracy.
“We need to get pressure on the quarterback, but it’s hard to get to him,” Story said. “We’ve got to be good tacklers and get a full body on them.”
Linebacker Corey Durdon will sit out this week with a bruised collar bone, and defensive end Felix Guerrero is also out with a hyper-extended elbow.
IOWA PARK (3-1) AT
Decatur: Harris Rating 212
Notable: With a win, the Eagles will equal their win total from a year ago.
Iowa Park: Harris Rating 205
Notable: The Hawks are coming off a 52-13 win over Mineral Wells.
Harris line: Decatur by 10