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Football: Sitting out – Decatur QB opts to forego football

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
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When Decatur takes the field Aug. 31 for the 2018 season opener against Kennedale, they will have a different signal caller.

WARMING UP – Decatur quarterback Wilson Hicks looks to throw during a scrimmage in 2017. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Last year’s Wise County MVP and Male Athlete of the Year, Wilson Hicks, confirmed to the Messenger Tuesday he will not play football this year.

The senior has already committed to play baseball at Oklahoma State University and plans to concentrate on his future in the sport.

“It was my decision to make,” Hicks said. “Juggling three sports is tiring and demands a lot of time. I felt it was the best choice for me to help with the next chapter of my life.”

Hicks was a second-team District 4-4A selection last year and was honorable mention on the Associated Press’ 4A all-state team, throwing for 3,887 yards and 37 touchdowns. In basketball, Hicks earned first-team District 9-4A honors and led the Eagles in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game.

On the mound, Hicks led Decatur to the 4A Region I quarterfinal and gave up just seven earned runs all season. He was named 9-4A Offensive MVP, hitting .380 at the plate.

Decatur head coach Mike Fuller said his son, Roman, will be the starting quarterback moving forward. Roman played in nine games as a sophomore in 2017 and completed 63.8 percent of his passes. He threw for 446 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions last year.

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