Football: Ready for action – Teams head into scrimmages

Football: Ready for action – Teams head into scrimmages

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Richard Greene

After a week of hitting on each other, Wise County teams will finally get the opportunity to line up against someone new, starting Friday.

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Meet the Eagles

Meet the Eagles

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Joe Duty

Young Eagle players practice their skills in the shadow of the scoreboard at Saturday night's Meet the Eagles.

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Football: Back in contact – Lineman rejoins Eagles after injury-shortened season

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

Loaded down with his shoulder pads and wearing his white helmet, Morgan Picha fired off on command and crashed at full speed into a teammate, starting a battle of will.

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Football: Eagles to hold open workout

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

In their second day in full pads, the Decatur Eagles will hold an open workout for the public at Eagle Stadium Saturday.

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Football players to put on pads Friday

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017
By Richard Greene

After four days of conditioning and practice sessions in helmets and shorts, Wise County football players finally get the opportunity to put on the pads Friday. It’s the first day the University Interscholastic League allows teams to have full contact practices after a four-day acclimation period.

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Football: Burning the midnight oil – Eagles start practice in the middle of the night

Football: Burning the midnight oil – Eagles start practice in the middle of the night

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Richard Greene

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, senior Dylan Nation tossed around the football with the first few Decatur players to wander into the Eagle Activity Center.

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Hitting the field

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Joe Duty

Boyd's Logan Jones, Alex Silva, Jett Pruit, Dawson White, Clay Rodriguez and Garrett Sherman huddle during the first practice.

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Eagles go to work at midnight

Published Monday, August 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, senior Dylan Nation tossed around the football with the first few Decatur players to wander into the Eagle Activity Center. As lightning flashed off in the distance, Nation described a sense of electricity as he awaited the stroke of midnight and the start of the first practice of the 2017 season.

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Football: Eagles to work midnight shift

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Eagles will not wait a minute longer than necessary to take the field for the start of practice Monday.

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Football: Wise teams look to rebuild defenses up front

Football: Wise teams look to rebuild defenses up front

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Richard Greene

Last season, the play up front and at linebacker served as a strength of the area teams' defensive units.

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Football: Secondary concerns – Teams turn to new players at back end of defense

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Richard Greene

With several teams lined up in spread formations on everyone's schedule, a premium is now placed on play in the secondary.

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Football: Turning the corner – Parker hopes for return to health

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Richard Greene

Jhett Parker's speed and vision allowed him to lock up with a majority of receivers lined up across from him last season.

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Football: Decatur moves game from Star – Eagles net fifth home date

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Eagles will not be returning to the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco in the regular season this fall.

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Decatur, Heritage move game from Star

Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Eagles will not be returning to the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco in the regular season this fall. The school announced Tuesday that its game with Midlothian Heritage is being moved from the neutral site venue owned by the Dallas Cowboys to Decatur at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.

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Male Athlete of the Year: Cool under fire – Sophomore turns into three-sport star

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Richard Greene

Heading into the locker room at The Star in Frisco on the third Saturday of the season, Decatur coaches faced more than a 30-21 deficit.

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2016-17 In Review: Eagles soar to new heights

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

In the season opening victory over Springtown, the Decatur Eagles football team piled up 785 yards and scored 74 points.

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Football: East squad wins Oil Bowl

Football: East squad wins Oil Bowl

Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Wise County’s three representatives in the Oil Bowl factored into a victory for the East squad Saturday in the Oil Bowl.

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Football: McAlister to suit up in Oil Bowl

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

Payton McAlister proved to the be the human-highlight reel for the past three seasons in the Decatur backfield.

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Signings: Northwest’s Holmes picks Baylor

Published Saturday, February 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

After a record-setting career at Northwest, Gavin Holmes had offers on the table from a slew of Division I schools, including Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona State and others.

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Football: McAlister garners offensive honor – Senior leads Decatur 4-4A I selections

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
By Richard Greene

Payton McAlister scored 42 touchdowns and amassed 3,055 all-purpose yards in leading the Decatur Eagles to the area round of the Class 4A Division I Region I playoffs.

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