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Defensive woes return as Springtown routs Decatur

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, October 19, 2018.
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Last week against Wichita Falls Hirschi, Decatur surrendered its fewest yards and points of the season, stunning the Huskies in a 22-21 upset.

After allowing over 50 points and 500 yards per game through the first month of the season, the Eagles looked as though they had shored up their defense.

Friday at Springtown, Decatur took a step in the wrong direction.

The Porcupines racked up 601 yards of total offense behind a five-touchdown performance from junior Cameron Rickett, routing the Eagles 75-35.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The 75 points is the most Decatur has given up this season. The previous high was 70 by Glen Rose.

“Like we’ve done a lot of times this year, [we] made so many horrendous mistakes that just cost us,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “A penalty here or a missed route here. Not being accurate, giving up a sack when they’re only rushing three. Those are things we haven’t been able to overcome. We’re not explosive enough in all areas to be able to do that right now.”

Rickett finished with 338 yards on the ground, averaging 16.1 yards per carry. Senior quarterback Sawyer Drewry was 11-for-16 through the air, tossing four touchdowns to four different receivers.

Springtown outscored Decatur 33-7 in the third quarter, quickly regaining momentum after a second quarter surge by the Eagles.

Down 35-7 with under two minutes in the first half, Decatur rattled off 15 points in 95 seconds. A.J. Martinez busted loose for the first of his two touchdowns runs on the night, and Gunner Ragsdale eluded tacklers to set the Eagles up with a first and goal from the 4-yard line with four seconds left.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Decatur’s first pass fell incomplete, but Roman Fuller connected with Beau Bedford as time expired to cut the Springtown lead to two possessions. Dayne Chapman punched in the two-point conversion to make it 35-22 at the break.

“There were obviously some good things we did, but not enough of them,” Fuller said. “A couple times we just didn’t get open on man coverage. I think we should have made a lot more plays than we did.”

Roman Fuller was picked off four times, ending the game 17-of-28 for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his scores went to senior receiver Beau Bedford, who hauled in four catches for 110 yards.

Decatur tallied 508 yards of offense in the loss. A.J. Martinez ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Ragsdale tacked on 76 yards on the ground.

The loss dropped Decatur to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in District 4-4A Division I play. It is the first time Springtown has beaten the Eagles since 2014 — which was Fuller’s first year as head coach.

“It’s one little thing that happens at the wrong time that snowballs on us,” Fuller said. “Bottom line is we’re 1-1 and we’re playing Mineral Wells next week and we have a shot to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs.

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