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Senior, Decatur catches region title; Bedford turns in big game

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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NO STOPPING – Decatur wide receiver Beau Bedford hauled in nine catches for 142 yards in the Eagles’ 38-28 win over Hereford Thursday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur senior Beau Bedford entered the third round of the playoffs last week with a Class 4A best 1,487 receiving yards.

The Eagles’ top weapon on the outside had been lethal all season, but against Hirschi he was limited to just five yards on one catch – his lowest total of the year. Bedford wasn’t fazed.

“The testament to Beau Bedford, really, was that last week they did everything they could to take him away,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “They pressed him and had a guy over the top of him. He had one catch when that game was over, and he couldn’t care less. All he cared about was we beat Hirschi and were moving on to this game.

“That’s why Beau has been such a productive receiver.”

Thursday in the 4A Division I quarterfinal, Bedford was back to making spectacular, highlight reel plays. He finished with 142 yards and a touchdown on nine catches, including a 37-yard score to put Decatur up 31-14 late in the third quarter.

By night’s end, Bedford increased his season totals to 1,629 yards and 15 touchdowns on 112 receptions.

Bedford was quick to credit those around him for his success.

“It all comes from practice. Everyone pushes each other,” Bedford said. “My teammates make me better. My teammates made me into who I am today.”

After Thursday’s performance, Bedford is averaging 116.4 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. Junior quarterback Roman Fuller has completed 325 passes this season, and 34.5 percent of them have gone to Bedford.

Coach Fuller said he’s coached plenty of receivers who may be faster or bigger, but conceded Bedford stands out for one simple reason.

“You can’t find a kid in Decatur who doesn’t love Beau Bedford. I can promise you that,” Fuller said. “He’s so special.”

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