Football: Northwest, Decatur students sign to play football

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Three Northwest players signed letters of intent to play football in college Wednesday.

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Growing apart: Battle of Big Sandy gridiron duel ends

Growing apart: Battle of Big Sandy gridiron duel ends

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The Battle of Big Sandy on the gridiron is over - for now.

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Battle of Big Sandy to end

Published Thursday, February 1, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The Battle of Big Sandy on the grid iron is over — for now. After nearly 100 meetings, Decatur and Bridgeport are calling it quits. When the University Interscholastic League unveiled its latest round of realignment Thursday morning, the two schools did not have each other on their non-district football schedule.

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2017 in Review: 17 for ’17 – Top stories, moments, athletes in past year

2017 in Review: 17 for ’17 – Top stories, moments, athletes in past year

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Messenger Staff

In just their second season, the Bridgeport Bulls made a magical run to the state final.

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2017 in Review: Top 5 Moments of 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Messenger Staff

With her team trailing 24-14 in the second set and on the verge of falling behind 2-0 in the region quarterfinal against Peaster, Boyd sophomore Kamryn Frenzel stepped to the service line.

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2017 in Review: Top 5 Athletes of 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Decatur's Swiss Army knife did it all for the Eagles in 2017, quarterbacking the football team to the third round of the playoffs along with helping the baseball and basketball teams make playoff runs.

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Football: Decatur’s Watson earns all-state honors

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Decatur guard Ty Watson never gave up a sack in 2017.

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Football: Tough schedule pays off for Eagles

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Some say there is no such thing as a moral victory in sports.

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Football: End of the run – Hirschi stops Decatur in regional round

Football: End of the run – Hirschi stops Decatur in regional round

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Reece Waddell

For the first few minutes, it looked like Decatur's Cinderella season would continue Friday against Wichita Falls Hirschi.

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Football: Eagles raise bar again

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Richard Greene

After a fifth straight Decatur possession ended without points, the Eagles desperately needed a break Friday night.

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GREENE: Eagles raise bar again

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Richard Greene

After a fifth straight Decatur possession ended without points, the Eagles desperately needed a break Friday night. Two plays later a bad snap rolled on the turf to Hirschi quarterback Martez V’rana with Decatur defenders closing in. Instead of the turnover the Eagles needed, V’rana corralled the ball and then broke free for a back-breaking 69-yard touchdown run to send Hirschi on the way to a 58-28 victory at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

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Hirschi ends Decatur’s run

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Reece Waddell

For the first few minutes, it looked like Decatur’s Cinderella season would continue Friday against Wichita Falls Hirschi. On the first drive of the game, junior quarterback Wilson Hicks found Dane Fitzgerald on a seam route that led to a quick touchdown to put the Eagles up 7-0. But that’s when time began running out on Decatur’s playoff run. As the Eagles’ offense started to sputter, the Huskies’ offense got going, quickly building a double-digit lead. And on a 68-yard touchdown run by Daimarqua Foster in the third quarter, the clock eventually struck midnight, as Hirschi downed Decatur 58-28 to close the book on the Eagles’ storybook year.

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Overcoming bad break; Decatur senior returns to field after scary injury

Overcoming bad break; Decatur senior returns to field after scary injury

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Darting towards the sideline trying to make a move on a defender, Dane Fitzgerald stopped on a dime - something the fleet-footed receiver has been able to do his entire football career.

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Football: Returning to action – Senior overcomes second knee injury to help Eagles

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Richard Greene

David Carroll stood on the sideline and watched as the Decatur defense struggled to stop Wichita Falls Hirschi's Daimarqua Foster in October's 69-36 loss.

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Football: Eagles eager for rematch

Football: Eagles eager for rematch

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Reece Waddell

The Decatur Eagles have not lost a game since Oct. 20, rattling off five consecutive victories en route to the 4A Division I regional round.

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Football: Adversity pushes Decatur

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Reece Waddell

A few weeks ago before Decatur beat Sanger to end the regular season, coach Mike Fuller said 4-6, 5-5 and 6-4 teams entering the playoffs were some of the most dangerous.

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Legends of the Week for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Legends of the Week for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Football: Blue December – Fitzgerald’s heroic return leads Decatur into third round

Football: Blue December – Fitzgerald’s heroic return leads Decatur into third round

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Dane Fitzgerald had not played a snap for the Decatur Eagles since breaking his sternum on Sept. 8.

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Football: Decatur earns rematch with 4-4AI rival Hirschi

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Messenger Staff

With their dramatic victory over Andrews in the Class 4A Division I area tilt Friday, the Decatur Eagles will make their first trip to the third round since 2013.

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Decatur to meet 4-4AI rival Hirschi in regional round

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Messenger staff

With their dramatic victory over Andrews in the Class 4A Division I area tilt Friday, the Decatur Eagles will make their first trip to the third round since 2013. Awaiting them in the next round is a rematch with District 4-4A Division I rival Wichita Falls Hirschi. The Huskies took down Lubbock Estacado 41-17 Friday. Decatur and Hirschi will play in the regional round at 7 p.m. Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

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