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Football: Eagles, Myers execute in clutch

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 23, 2014

With 2:36 left in the live session of Thursday night’s scrimmage, Justin Myers and the Decatur offense got the ball with a chance for a two-minute drill.

GOOD HANDS – Decatur’s Gunnar Parker hauls in a catch over a Princeton defender during the Eagles’ scrimmage Thursday night at Eagle Stadium. Decatur and Princeton scored twice in the live portion of the scrimmage. Messenger Photo by Jimmy Alford

The senior quarterback made the most of the opportunity. He connected with Payton McAlister for a 38-yard pass on the first play. Then after a Princeton fourth-down penalty kept the drive alive, he scored on a run from two yards out.

Myers ran for a score and threw for another in the live 30-minute session.

“We did some good things,” Myers said. “It was good to get that two-minute drive.

“I’ve still got to cut out some mistakes.”

Myers was 10-for-14 for 128 yards with one interception and a 9-yard touchdown pass to McAlister in the live session. He also teamed with Ryan Durdon for touchdown passes of 54 and 20 yards in the controlled portion of the scrimmage.

Decatur coach Mike Fuller was encouraged by the offensive performance, especially the two-minute offense with Myers finding McAlister behind the coverage.

“Justin saw the coverage and put it on him,” Fuller said. “We’ve still got a lot to clean up. But I’m proud that we made a lot of progress from last week.”

Defensively, the Eagles allowed a pair of scores in the live session. One came three plays after Princeton picked off a Myers pass and ran the ball back to the Decatur 22-yard line. Princeton’s second touchdown was set up by their quarterback breaking free for 45 yards on a fourth-and-inches near midfield.

Other than those two drives, Decatur held Princeton in check most of the night.

“We improved from last week. We tackled better. They ran a completely different offense than Kennedale,” Fuller said.

Brandon Garza picked off a pass for a second straight week.

“We’re getting more used to the defense,” Garza said. “We have a lot of people back from last year. We’ll do well as a unit.”

Mason Baur also hauled in an interception in the controlled portion of the scrimmage. He was in on three tackles for losses.

“We were doing good the first couple of sessions,” Baur said.

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