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Fuller, offense dazzle in scrimmage

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, August 18, 2018.
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For the first two drives Friday night, Roman Fuller could not miss.

The junior completed his first eight passes, leading Decatur on back-to-back touchdown drives. Then on his third drive, Roman awed the crowd with a deep touchdown strike, hitting Beau Bedford in stride for a 70-yard walk-in score.

When the final horn sounded, Roman had racked up 452 yards and five touchdowns, completing 24 of his 32 passes in the scrimmage against Chisholm Trail.

Decatur quarterback Roman Fuller throws during the Eagles scrimmage Friday against Chisholm Trail. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

Although he stuffed the stat sheet, Roman was quick to give credit to to his offensive line, who gave him a clean pocket for most of the evening.

“The line did a great job,” Roman said. “That just gave me more time to make my reads cleaner, and the receivers were running great routes.”

After throwing a dart to Bedford for a touchdown, Roman marched the Eagles back down the field, connecting on a 50-yard screen pass to get Decatur into the red zone. Junior A.J. Martinez capped that drive with a 20-yard touchdown run up the middle.

He rushed for over 100 yards and three scores on the night.

“He’s a great player,” Roman said. “He’s slippery and hard to tackle.”

The Eagles scored on their first five drives. Roman and backup Chase Oberle delivered on-target passes for a majority of the game, allowing receivers to make plays in space.

Decatur head coach Mike Fuller said he was impressed with the effort he saw on both sides of the ball, as the Eagles’ defense also came away with key stops.

Decatur scrimmages Wichita Falls Rider on the road next week. The Eagles open the season Aug. 31 at Kennedale.

But if Friday night was any indication, Decatur is ready for the season to officially get underway.

“I think they were tired of hitting on each other,” Mike said. “They were ready to go at somebody else. I saw some great things and some great effort. I saw really good execution at times, but there are obviously some things that we have to work on.”

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