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Eagles eye 3rd title in 4 years

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Taylor Clayton entered Tuesday night’s game with an opportunity to see his Decatur Eagles claim their third district title in his four years on the team.

“It’s very special to me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be on some special teams,” Clayton said. “We have a chance to solidify ourselves as a great team this year.”

Directing Way to Top

DIRECTING WAY TO TOP – Decatur coach Drew Coffman’s Decatur Eagles needed a win over Sanger Tuesday to secure their second straight District 9-3A title. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

To stake their claim to the District 9-3A crown, the Eagles needed a victory Tuesday at home against second-place Sanger. The eighth-ranked Eagles (20-5) are unbeaten at 5-0 in the league. Sanger (16-12) entered Tuesday 5-1, a game back of Decatur in the loss column.

The Indians have been hot, winning 10 of 11. Their lone loss in the stretch was the 74-55 loss to Decatur.

“They are beating people,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “I talked with Coach [Robert] Sikora, and he’s real excited about the way his kids are playing. They are going to be ready to go.

“It’s always fun to play for a district championship.”

The Eagles were off Friday. Coffman chose to give his team a break around the open date to get ready for the final three games.

“I gave them a couple days off to prepare for this final stretch,” Coffman said. “We took advantage of the rest to heal some bumps and bruises.”

Clayton said the rest was nice and shouldn’t slow the team’s momentum. Decatur is on an 11-game winning streak. The Eagles are averaging 66 points per game during the streak.

“We expect to come back out firing on all cylinders,” Clayton said.

Decatur will finish with Gainesville at home Friday and then at Krum Feb. 11.

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