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Eagles pile up yards, points in win over Springtown

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
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After the second turnover in their first three possessions, the Decatur offense struggled to stay on the field the rest of the night. Mainly because they kept scoring.

The Eagles ran only 27 more offensive plays after Wilson Hicks’ interception with 4:06 left in the first quarter, scoring on eight of them. Decatur added a special teams touchdown just for good measure in a 69-35 victory over the Springtown Porcupines in the season opener at Eagle Stadium.
“It just shows the maturity of this team,” said Decatur senior receiver Dane Fitzgerald. “We make a mistake and just come out the next drive and make up for it.”
Fitzgerald had one of the early miscues with a fumble that ended Decatur’s first drive at the Springtown 2. He more than made up for it, showing no signs of rust after missing the entire preseason with an arm injury. Fitzgerald hauled in eight catches for 242 yards with touchdowns covering 50 and 25 yards.
“I have to thank my coaches for that and our trainer Kam [Phillips] who made sure I was up there every day for treatment,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald was just one of the stars for the Decatur offense that piled up 601 yards.
Hicks threw for 376 yards, completing 18 of his 22 attempts. He did not have an incompletion after the first-quarter interception. He showed off his legs in the Eagles’ goal-line offense, running for scores of four, seven and eight yards.
“Wilson had that one pass that he wanted back,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller.
“We were pretty efficient. We executed well. We were a little disappointed with the two turnovers.”
In his debut as the Eagles’ feature back, AJ Martinez delivered a pair of touchdown runs and ran for 69 yards. His dash to the end zone from 35 yards out with 4:13 left served as the nightcap.
Martinez also took a short pass from Hicks and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown.
“AJ had a great game for his first time back there as a sophomore,” Fuller said.
Not to be left out of the equation, Mario Reyes ran for 114 yards, including a 64-yard sprint to the end zone in the second quarter.
He also scored on a 71-yard punt return in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Playing with a big lead most of the night, the Decatur defense allowed 464 yards, including 106 rushing to Springtown back Cameron Rickett.
Springtown cut a 21-0 deficit to 14 twice, including taking the third quarter kickoff and marching 72 yards. Fitzgerald’s two touchdown catches just four plays apart around a Gunner Ragsdale interception quickly put the game away.

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