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Football: Decatur looks to rebound quickly

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Trying to Get Away

TRYING TO GET AWAY – Decatur’s A.J. Martinez tries to escape an Argyle tackler during the Eagles’ loss Friday. Martinez led the Eagles in rushing and receiving in the game. He and the Eagles face a big test Friday against Hirschi. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Coming off a 62-21 loss to Argyle, the Decatur Eagles will host the second-place team in 4-4AI, the Hirschi Huskies, Friday at 7 p.m.

Hirschi, fresh off a 49-21 blowout of Sanger, enters the game with a perfect 2-0 road record. Decatur has a losing record at home, sporting a 1-2 mark at Eagle Stadium this season.

After surrendering 225 rushing yards to Argyle last week, the Eagles will now have to contend with Hirschi junior running back Daimarqua Foster and the Huskies offense. Foster boasts an eye-popping stat line of 1,250 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on 89 carries this season.

“It all starts with lining up right,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller when asked how his team would contain Foster. “We have to try to get off blocks, keep leverage and tackle well.”

Offensively, Decatur will look to get its ground game going as the Eagles managed just 56 yards rushing against Argyle. Despite tallying 358 yards of total offense last week, Decatur surrendered more than five sacks, leaving quarterback Wilson Hicks under constant duress.

But things likely won’t get any easier this week, as Hirschi’s defense has given up only 83 points through six games this season, with opponents averaging just 13.83 points per game.

With Fuller expecting Hirschi to bring pressure and stack the box, he said there should be some chances in space for his team to make plays.

“They probably blitz more than anybody we’ve faced,” Fuller said. “The nature of the blitz is that a lot of times there’s some negative plays, but if we can recognize it, then there’s opportunities for big plays if we execute.”

ARGYLE 62, DECATUR 21

Decatur … 7 … 0 … 0 … 14 … – … 21
Argyle … 14 … 24 … 21 … 3 … – … 62

FIRST QUARTER

Argyle – 9:24, Cale Nanny 28 pass from Jon Copeland, Travis Garner kick
Argyle – 4:18, Gage Campbell 91 fumble return, Travis Garner kick
Decatur – 3:16, Mario Reyes 63 pass from Wilson Hicks, Armando Benitez kick

SECOND QUARTER

Argyle – 10:47, Noah Lang 2 run, Travis Garner kick
Argyle – 6:21, Don Williams 21 run, Travis Garner kick
Argyle – 4:39, Wes McCollum 35 pass from Jon Copeland, Travis Garner kick
Argyle – 0:59, Travis Garner 34 field goal

THIRD QUARTER

Argyle – 11:04, Don Williams 28 run, Travis Garner kick
Argyle – 6:09, Trent McCloud 14 pass from Jon Copeland, Grant Shaw kick
Argyle – 1:50, Noah Lang 44 run, Grant Shaw kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Decatur – 9:47, AJ Martinez 83 run, Armando Benitez kick
Argyle – 5:52, Grant Shaw 25 field goal
Decatur – 1:26, Ethan Southard 30 pass from Roman Fuller, Armando Benitez kick

DECATUR … ARGYLE

First Downs … 15 … 21
Rushes-Yards … 23-56 … 29-225
Passing Yards … 302 … 273
Total Yards … 358 … 498
Comp-Att-Int … 23-43-2 … 17-26-1
Punts-Average … 8-30 … 0-0
Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 0-0
Penalties-Yards … 2-30 … 4-30

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Decatur, A.J. Martinez 10-125, Wilson Hicks 8-(minus 56), Mario Reyes 1-(minus 4), Roman Fuller 3-(minus 8). Argyle, Don Williams 10-135, Noah Lang 10-96.

PASSING: Decatur, Wilson Hicks 15-28-1-206, Roman Fuller 7-14-1-90, Dayne Chapman 1-1-0-24. Argyle, Jon Copeland 15-24-1-211, Alex Gonzalez 2-2-0-62.

RECEIVING: Decatur, A.J. Martinez 8-80, Beau Bedford 5-55, Mario Reyes 3-72, Wilson Hicks 1-24, Alec Uselton 2-45, Dayne Chapman 3-14, Ethan Southard 1-30. Argyle, Wes McCollum 4-69, Trent McCloud 2-59, Bryson Hudgens 3-58, Chase Estrada 3-33, Cale Nanny 1-28, Alex Gonzales 1-20.

HIRSCHI (5-1) AT DECATUR (3-3)

7 p.m., Friday at Eagle Stadium

DECATUR HARRIS RATING: 228

DECATUR NOTABLE: Decatur’s defense surrendered 498 yards of total offense to Argyle last week, as Argyle averaged 16.1 yards per pass and 7.8 yards per carry.

HIRSCHI HARRIS RATING: 232

HIRSCHI NOTABLE: Hirschi running back Daimarqua Foster is averaging 208.3 rushing yard per game and 14 yards per carry this year.

HARRIS LINE: Hirschi by 7

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