Eagles knock off Hirschi, continue magical playoff run

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, November 30, 2018.
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Prior to the 4A Division I Region I regional, only two Decatur teams — the 1975 and 1988 squad — had advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs.

The Eagles made it to the third round last year but were sent home by Wichita Falls Hirschi. Friday, Decatur had the ultimate chance at redemption — and a chance to make history.

They did not squander it.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Decatur knocked off the Huskies for the second time this season, downing Hirschi and all-state running back Daimarqua Foster 31-14 at Newton Field in Graham.

“I don’t even know if I can put it into words how proud I am of these kids,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “I love them. What a story. When we finished non-district, we talked about writing a great story. They continue to write it. They’re great authors.”

The Eagles will play Hereford in the Region I final next week.

Decatur held Foster to 114 yards on 17 carries — his lowest total of the year. Foster gashed the Eagles in two games last year, running for 840 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hirschi was favorited to win both games against Decatur this season and was projected by many, including Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, to win Region I.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“We had a chip on our shoulder this week,” Fuller said. “Everybody was sick of answering the question ‘Do you think you can upset Hirschi again?’ By our estimation, we were the only ones this year who had proven we could beat [Hirschi]. It wasn’t an upset.”

Decatur got on the board first, turning a Fred Fleek’s fumble into a 32-yard field goal by Armando Benitez. Hirschi answered quickly on its next drive, as Foster scored his first touchdown of the night from 28 yards out. It was Hirschi’s only lead of the night.

The Eagles countered with a 17-play, 71-yard drive that chewed up nearly eight minutes off the clock. The drive ended with a 4-yard pass from Roman Fuller to Gunner Ragsdale on fourth-and-goal.

That score put Decatur up 10-7. They never trailed again.

“This means everything,” said Ragsdale, who had 134 yards on 20 carries and one rushing touchdown. “I could not be happier to be here. We started [the season] down low and are now going all the way through. I couldn’t be more excited.”

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