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Gridiron showdowns

Eagles seek revenge against Springtown


BIG TEST — The Decatur Eagles (5-3, 2-0) will host a District 4-4A Division I showdown against Springtown (3-4, 1-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium. MICAH MCCARTNEY/WCMESSENGER

BIG TEST — The Decatur Eagles (5-3, 2-0) will host a District 4-4A Division I showdown against Springtown (3-4, 1-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium. MICAH MCCARTNEY/WCMESSENGER

After surviving an overtime thriller last week, the Decatur Eagles will face their toughest test in District 4-4A Division I Friday night.

Decatur (5-3, 2-0) welcomes league rival Springtown to Eagle Stadium for Senior Night at 7 p.m.

The matchup pits the top two teams in the league against one another, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.

“Any time you talk about a rivalry, you just take the records out of the conversation,” said Decatur coach Steve Huff. “I wasn’t here for the game last year, but this matchup has been all that the boys have been talking about. Plus, it’s a district ball game and that both teams are playing pretty good right now, so that adds another element.

“The kids are aware of the preseason predictions, but you can’t live and breath off of those — you have to play the game. Looking at it on paper, it’s a really good matchup. With all of that, you know it’s going to be a barn-burner.”

In their 2021 meeting, Springtown shut out the Eagles 21-0 at Porcupine Stadium.

Springtown (3-4) is 1-0 in the league after defeating Mineral Wells last week, 56-22.

Porcupine quarterback Hudson Hulett leads the team’s offense, completing 82 of his 175 passing attempts for 1,241 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games.

Hulett has also added 429 rushing yards and six scores on 71 carries.

Springtown’s biggest threat at wide receiver is Speck Behle, who leads the Porcupines in receiving yardage with 603 and eight touchdowns on 25 catches.

Nathan Johnson will be in the backfield for Springtown. The Porcupines’ running back has reached the end zone twice this season, racking up 584 yards on 94 attempts.

“We’ve got to slow down Springtown’s offensive rhythm,” Huff said. “It’s hard to completely stop a team like them, but if we slow them down we should be OK.”

In Week 8, Decatur escaped Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium with a 31-27 overtime win over Old High.

Harris line: Decatur by 14

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