By Richard Greene
Playing without their head coach and with their thoughts with an injured
teammate, the Decatur Eagles kept their focus to plow through the Wichita
Falls Hirschi Huskies Thursday night.
The Eagles rolled up more than 550 yards of offense, including 393 rushing
in a 52-16 victory at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Decatur moved to 3-0 with the victory, but kept celebrations muted after
the game as they kept junior Tyler Story, the son of head coach Kyle
Story, in their thoughts. Tyler was at Dallas Presbyterian hospital
Thursday recovering from emergency surgery on the leg he injured severely
last week in the first half against Gainesville.
“It’s been hard on all of us,” said Decatur quarterback Garrett
Muehlstein. “He’s in our prayers. We hope he gets well soon.”
Coach Story missed the game to be with his son. Assistant coach Glenn Vrba
ran the offense in his place.
“I’m proud of the kids,” Vrba said. “They stayed focused and were ready to
play despite everything going on. As bad as it is, the kids are coming
The Eagles were tested early as they fell behind 6-0. After Decatur missed
a 41-yard field goal on its opening drive, Hirschi then used a reverse for a
67-yard touchdown run by Brett Sheppard.
The Decatur offense quickly made the ominous start disappear, rolling to
42 straight points to end the half.
Decatur piled up 337 first-half yards, including 228 rushing on 24
carries, and scored on six straight possessions.
“We executed well in the first half,” Vrba said. “After a slow start, the
kids played really good.”
Muehlstein started the scoring, capping a five-play, 56-yard drive with a
12-yard touchdown run. Muehlstein ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns in
the half. He also completed 11 of 16 passes for 149 yards.
After Jared Durdon scored from six yards out, Muehlstein made it 21-0 with
a 26-yard run.
He added Decatur’s next two scores through the air with a 28-yard
connection to Mason Terrell and a 6-yard pass to Cooper Jackson.
“We started a little rusty. We then got in a rhythm and did what we do in
practice,” Muehlstein said, who finished with 85 yards rushing and 161
yards passing, competing 13 of 20 attempts.
He played only one series in the second half.
The Decatur defense set up the Eagles’ final score of the half, recovering
a fumble at the 32-yard line. Jackson ran in a reverse to make it
42-6 at halftime. Jackson had 46 yards receiving to go with the 32 on the
Hirschi fumbled the ball six times in the first half, losing three. It
lost four in the game along with two interceptions.
Playing mostly reserves in the second half, Decatur added a 17-yard
touchdown by Tyler White in the fourth quarter.
Decatur gave up a safety and a 63-yard touchdown to Hirschi’s Dominique
Bobo in the second half.
Along with forcing six turnovers, the Eagles’ defense made nine stops for
The Eagles were flagged 11 times for 118 yards, but it did not take away
from a 3-0 start.
“It’s a good start,” Jackson said. “Hopefully we keep playing like this
and get to 10-0.”
Decatur 52, Hirschi 16
Decatur 14 28 3 7 -52
Hirschi 7 0 2 8 – 16
Hirschi – 9:11; Brandon Sheppard 67 run; kick failed
Decatur – 7:16; Garrett Muehlstein 12 run; Taylor Spence kick
Decatur – 0:36; Jared Durdon 6 run; Spence kick
Decatur – 10:06; Garrett Muehlstein 26 run; Spence kick
Decatur – 5:35; Mason Terrell 28 pass from Muehlstein; Spence kick
Decatur – 2:39; Cooper Jackson 6 pass from Muehlstein; Spence kick
Decatur – 1:07; Jackson 32 run; Spence kick
Decatur – 8:52; Spence 27 field goal
Hirschi – 4:44; Safety on bad punt snap
Decatur – 2:34; Tyler White 18 run; Spence kick
Hirschi – 2:07; Dominique Bobo 63 run; Terry Fields pass from Bobo
First Downs 22 7
Rushes-Yards 48-393 19-183
Passing Yards 161 75
Total Yards 554 258
Comp-Att-Int 13-20-0 10-21-2
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 8-4
Punts-Average 0-0 2-34
Penalties-Yards 11-118 3-35
Rushing: Decatur – Haden Carpenter 5-39, Blake Haney 4-15, Dustin Brazeau
8-42, Garrett Muehlstein 9-85, Jared Durdon 6-43, Coleman Stapp 1-15, Max
Junkert 4-37, Tyler White 7-64, Johnny Murillo 2-(minus 2), Grayson
Muehlstein 2-21, Cooper Jackson 1-32; Hirschi – Queysean Sanders 8-63,
Brandon Sheppard 1-67, Dominique Bobo 8-76, Jamal Lewis 1-(minus 1), Team
Passing: Decatur, Garrett Muehlstein 13-20-0-161, Grayson Muehlstein
0-1-0-0; Hirschi, Bobo 8-17-1-45, Rico Shumpert 2-4-1-30.
Receiving: Decatur, Cooper Jackson 4-46, Taylor Spence 1-1, Caleb Hogan
4-56, Chris Saunders 1-24, Dustin Brazeau 1-6, Mason Terrell 1-28, Garrett
Muehlstein 1-0; Hirschi, Terry Fields 2-22, Queysean Sanders 4-22, Lakarl
Williams 1-0, Brandon Sheppard 1-1, Derrrick Pierce 1-25, Dominique Bobo