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Decatur runs over Rogers in 39-13 win

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

A week after the Decatur football team didnŽ’t have much to say after a loss to Federal Way, the Gators made a loud statement on the field with a 39-13 win over Rogers Friday.

Ž“We definitely improved, but we still made to many mental mistakes,Ž” Decatur coach Rik Haines said. Ž“If we keep on improving weŽ’re going to be successful.Ž”

The Gators compiled 520 yards of total offense, led by junior quarterback Darin HarrisŽ’ 15 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Tracy FordŽ’s nine carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Ž“My line opened up holes and I capitalized,Ž” Ford said. Ž“I picked up my knees like my track coach told me and got to the zone. I hadnŽ’t had any touchdowns yet.Ž”

Harris opened the scoring for the Gators with a 3-yard keeper with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

One possession later, Harris ran the ball 63 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by junior running back Kyle Bressler. BresslerŽ’s point-after kick was blocked to make it a 13-0 game with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.

Rogers came back and drove to the Decatur 5-yard line, but the Gators defense held strong on fourth down and kept the Rams out of the end zone.

One play after Decatur took over, Ford ran through the heart of the Rogers defense 81 yards for a touchdown. On DecaturŽ’s next possession, the Gators went right back to Ford on their first play. He ran the ball 75 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown, giving Decatur a 26-0 lead with 1:35 left in the first half.

In the second half, Harris again found the endzone, this time on a 31-yard draw play up the middle.

On RogersŽ’ first play on its next possession, Decatur senior defensive back Brandon Hicks jumped in front of a pass for an interception and returned the ball 37 yards for a touchdown that gave Decatur a 39-0 lead with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

Decatur (2-1) takes on Curtis (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Curtis.

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