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Flying high: Eagles prepare for area round of playoffs

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Decatur athletic programs have been enjoying a great deal of success lately, with cross country and volleyball teams both competing at the state level.

There’s a football team that is playing pretty well, too.

ANOTHER TEST – Cole Vaughn and Jacob Kevetter celebrate after making a tackle Friday. Decatur prepares for Wilmer-Hutchins this week in the area round. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Quietly, the Eagles have won four straight games including their opening-round playoff game – their first since 2005.

They hope to make a little more postseason noise this week as they get ready for their area-round matchup.

“It’s been an amazing start to the school year,” Decatur head coach Kyle Story said. “With our cross-country success and what volleyball has been able to do, especially with their exciting match over No. 1 Argyle, and then what they were able to do at the regional tournament.

“Hopefully our guys will keep getting ready for our next opponents and continue to move on. I feel success breeds success.”

Decatur (8-3) battles the Wilmer-Hutchins Eagles (5-5) Friday at Grapevine’s Mustang-Panther Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Since their loss to Gainesville to open district, the Eagles’ offense has been rolling, averaging 53 point per game the last four games.

Behind some nice offensive line play, quarterback Grayson Muehlstein has thrown for 2,515 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’s the team’s leading rusher too, with 1,079 yards.

Muehlstein’s favorite target, senior Cain Lowe, is having a tremendous season as well, with 1,234 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

The way things have been going on that side of the ball, Story doesn’t plan to do much tinkering.

“We won’t change a whole lot, just keep doing the same thing,” Story said. “We’ve been running the same thing for 14 or 15 weeks now. The offensive line is blocking well, Grayson has done a good job, and the receivers have done a nice job with their routes.”

Defensively, the Eagles will face a fast opponent in Wilmer-Hutchins.

“They are scary on video. They have a lot of speed and quickness,” Story said. “They are more physical and aggressive than Ranchview. If they get in the open field, they are hard to tackle.”

Decatur will look to get off to a better start than they did last week against Ranchview, when they gave up 20 early points before settling down.

“We missed some tackles early, but then we got used to their scheme,” Story said.

They will get another heavy dose of the run this week. Wilmer-Hutchins rushed for 399 yards against Conrad in their first round game, with three different runners going over the 100-yard mark.

DECATUR (8-3) VS. WILMER-HUTCHINS (5-5)

7:30 p.m. at Grapevine’s Mustang-Panther Stadium

Radio: Online at kntxradio.com
Decatur: The Eagles have outscored their opponents 211-108 during their current four-game winning streak.
Wilmer-Hutchins: Famous graduates include former NBA star Spud Webb.
Harris line: Decatur by 7

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