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Football: Brought to halt – Heritage stymies Decatur offense in win

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
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WRAPPED UP – Heritage tacklers bring down Decatur receiver Alec Uselton during the Eagles’ 35-21 loss Friday. Uselton caught eight passes for 67 yards. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

For three quarters Friday, the offensive fireworks that filled The Star in Frisco during last year’s meeting between Midlothian Heritage and Decatur disappeared.

In a grinding game, Heritage (3-0) carried a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The Jaguars then turned to battering ram back Nathan Gaskamp to put the Eagles away.

Gaskamp scored twice in the fourth quarter of Heritage’s 35-21 victory over Decatur (2-1).

Gaskamp finished with 168 yards on 25 carries with all but 32 of his yards coming in the second half against a worn out Decatur defense.

“The defense played well and kept us in the game most of the night,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “The defense wearing down was a direct result of our inept offensive play.”

Decatur struggled throughout the game offensively against the Heritage defense, managing only 265 yards of offense and two touchdowns. Decatur had just 101 yards in the first half with only one drive ending in a score.

Decatur quarterback Wilson Hicks finished 21-for-37 for 170 yards and was picked off three times. The third pick by Heritage’s Jon Sanders off a deflection with 3:26 left came with Decatur looking to tie the game up after recovering an onside kick.

Hicks was also sacked five times.

“We didn’t execute the way we wanted. We’ve got to come out and play better,” Hicks said. “Offensively, we struggled early and got frustrated. We can’t let that bother us.”

Heritage put the game away after the last Decatur turnover, converting a third-and-19 with a 53-yard pass to Kerrion Fields that was followed by Gaskamp’s 42-yard dash to the end zone.

Fields provided the perfect complement for Gaskamp, catching nine passes for 168 yards, including touchdowns of 42 and 36 yards from Landon Ledbetter.

With the offense sputtering, Mario Reyes provided Decatur a lift on special teams. He returned a kick 95 yards to pull the Eagles within seven, 21-14, with 9:27 to go.

Decatur will look to rebound quickly and jumpstart its offense next week at home against Stephenville on homecoming.

“We can use it as fuel to get better,” Fuller said. “Either way, Stephenville is coming here Friday night.”

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