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Football: Mission impossible – Hirschi back runs for school-record 581 yards, 5 TDs

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Historic Run

HISTORIC RUN – Hirschi running back Daimarqua Foster looks to run around Eagle defenders. Foster ran for 581 yards and five touchdowns in Hirschi’s win over Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur Eagles went into Friday night with the task of slowing down Daimarqua Foster.

The job proved near impossible on a historic night for the Hirschi junior.

Foster ripped the Eagles for a school record 581 yards and five touchdowns in Hirschi’s 69-36 victory Friday night at Eagle Stadium.

Foster broke the previous record of 531 yards by former Hirschi back Cedric Battle with a 69-yard run to the end zone with 3:58 left. He finished just 12 yards shy of McKinney back Matt Gadek’s state record of 593 set Thursday night.

“I didn’t know I was close to the record,” said Foster, who sat out a play before going back into the lineup on his final series. “It was second-and-12 and coach wanted to get the first down and I just broke it.

“It was the same as every game. The offensive line was opening up holes and I was just running. I love those boys. They protect me and keep dominating up front.”

Foster scored on runs of five, 47, 68, 69 and 75 yards in helping Hirschi snap a nine-game skid against Decatur. He broke off runs eight of 30 or more yards.

“He’s a phenomenal player. He’s best running back we’ve seen,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “We missed a few tackles and left our feet a few times.”

The loss dropped Decatur (3-4) to 0-2 in District 4-4A Division I.

“All we can do is try to beat Gainesville next week,” Fuller said. “We’re not giving up. The draw was what it was. We played the best two teams right off the bat.”

Hirschi improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in the conference.

In all, Decatur gave up 730 yards. Martez V’rana added 130 yards through air, throwing four touchdown passes to Javen Banks.

Decatur took a lead just 46 seconds into the game on a 48-yard scamper by A.J. Martinez.

The lead didn’t last long due to Foster, who broke free on a 75-yard run on his third carry.

On the next series after a Decatur turnover, Foster set up a 1-yard run by V’rana with a 37-yard run to the goal line. Hirschi went in front 14-7 midway through the first quarter and never surrendered the lead.

Behind 259 yards from Foster Hirschi led 35-24 at halftime.

Decatur pulled within five, 35-30, early in the third quarter with 4-yard pass from Wilson Hicks to Alec Uselton. But Hirschi quickly countered with V’rana hitting Banks for a 33-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive.

Uselton finished with 184 yards on 12 catches.

Hicks threw for 281 yards and a pair of scores, completing 22 of his 43 attempts with an interception.

Roman Fuller added 74 yards through the air playing the final several series.

“We did some good things offensively,” Fuller said. “We just couldn’t get a stop. We’d get them pinned down here or score and then it seemed every drive would start with a 50-yard run.”

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