DECATUR-A parade will take place, pep rallies will keep the school and town buzzing, and alum from all over will return to Eagle Stadium to watch their Decatur Eagles play football. But underneath the excitement of homecoming festivities, the team has an important task awaiting them. After dropping a 35-21 contest to Midlothian Heritage last week, Decatur will look to bounce back; but it won’t be easy with the always potent Stephenville Yellowjackets coming to town.
Decatur’s 2-1 record is still an improvement from this time last season, avenging their three point loss to Alvarado last season with a 28-21 win in overtime. This win comes after the Eagles explosive offensive performance in their season opener against Springtown, rolling with a 69-35 win.
The Eagles are led offensively by junior signal-caller Wilson Hicks, who already has 910 total passing yards in three games along with seven touchdowns on 65 completions. Hicks will also need a bounce back game of his own, having recorded three interceptions last week. Mario Reyes has been an effective tool for Decatur as well so far; the senior has tallied 594 all-purpose yards so far to go along with five touchdowns.
Stephenville’s record is also an improvement on their first three games of 2016, having defeated the same three teams who handed them an 0-3 start last season. This includes the Yellowjackets resounding 34-21 win over a solid 5A Everman team. While Decatur’s been a pass-happy team so far, Stephenville has grinded out yardage and wins on the ground; most notably with junior rusher Krece Nowak and his monstrous three-game performance with 608 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.
With a high flying passing game taking on a pounding run game, this contest will likely depend on the better defense. Stephenville has so far allowed only 18 points per game, while the Decatur defense averaged 30.3 points allowed in the first three games.
Decatur took the 61-35 win last season, but Stephenville is already a much improved team. Can the Yellowjackets spoil the festivities to continue their rebound?
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