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"Football: Martin, Vikings run past Gators"

"Decatur's defensive game plan centered on keeping tabs on Puyallup's Washington State University-bound receiver Marty Martin.That was fairly simple. They just needed to look in the end zone to find him. Martin touched the ball five times and scored three touchdowns while amassing 159 yards.Behind Martin's flash, a steady running game and a steady stream of Decatur penalties, Puyallup (3-1 in league, 4-2 overall) ran off with a 42-25 South Puget Sound League football victory over Decatur (1-3, 1-5) at Federal Way Memorial Stadium Thursday night.He's the best player in the league by far, Decatur coach Rik Haines said of Martin. When you don't control him, you're going to get beat and we didn't control him.Five of Puyallup's six touchdowns came on plays of 25 yards or more, including two over 50. Puyallup quarterback Chase Looker connected with Jon Larsen for a 26-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game. That was the first of three consecutive Puyallup scoring drives of three plays or less.One of Decatur's most potent offensive weapon turned out to be Nick McCluskey's leg. The senior kicker/punter kicked a 36-yard field goal, three extra points and pinned the Vikings deep in their end of the field with punts twice in the first half.McCluskey's first punt bounced, hit a Puyallup player and was recovered by the Gators. That set up McCluskey's 36-yard field goal, which cut the lead to 7-3.The Gators tried a little trickery with an onside kick, but it backfired, giving the Vikings the ball on the Decatur 35. Three plays later, Daniel Sandan plowed through the middle from 2 yards out. John Pettit's kick put the Vikings ahead 14-3 with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter.Another Puyallup fumble gave Decatur the ball at the Puyallup 4. Charles Cooks powered in the end zone and McCluskey converted the kick to bring the Gators to within 14-10.That's when the Vikings went to Martin. Looker hit the speedy receiver for a 57-yard touchdown with 3:03 left in the half for a 20-10 lead.Decatur also came up with big plays, which were usually accompanied by yellow flags contributed by the officials. The Gators lost 90 yards on 11 penalties, several coming in most inopportune times.We lead the world in penalties, Haines said.A clean 59-yard pass from Waltos to Trevor McBee set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Waltos on the final play of the first quarter. McCluskey's kick made the score 20-17.After Decatur's defense finally halted a Puyallup drive, the Gators turned the ball right back over. Cory Ellis intercepted a Waltos pass and ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Pettit's kick put the Vikings ahead 27-17 with 6:12 left in the half.The most prominent of Decatur's penalties came with no time left in the second quarter. Decatur quarterback Jeff Waltos dropped back to pass under heavy pressure near midfield. He scrambled left and then back to the right before dancing his way down the right side for an apparent touchdown. The Gators were called for holding, nullifying his effort and the touchdown that would have brought them to within three points.The Vikings struck quickly again in the second half. Martin took a reverse and 68 yards later scored another touchdown. Tyler Olson's interception of a Looker pass then set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Decatur's Jason Bressler. The Vikings then put the game away with an 11-play, 59-yard drive, which chewed 5:21 off the clock. Martin capped the drive with a 25-yard reverse for a touchdown.The Vikings finished with 414 yards total offense, including 264 yards rushing. Martin topped Puyallup in both receiving (three for 66 yards) and rushing (two for 93 yards).Decatur gained 251 yards. Bressler, who came in averaging more than 100 yards a game, was held to 41 yards rushing. Waltos ran for 38 and passed for 108.McBee led the Gators with four catches for 91 yards. "

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