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Gators improve to 3-1 after dropping Curtis

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

The game was close on the scoreboard, but not on the field as Decatur beat Curtis 15-14 Friday at Curtis.

Ž“ItŽ’s a good win,Ž” Decatur coach Rik Haines said. Ž“Somebody told me it was the first time Decatur has ever won a football game at Curtis.Ž”

Decatur struck first in the first quarter when receiver Justin Smith threw to senior Nate Marotta for a 30-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked.

Curtis took a 14-6 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Marcus Reed. But Decatur came back with a drive capped by junior quarterback Darin HarrisŽ’ 15-yard scramble for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, Decatur went into halftime trailing 14-12.

Harris finished with 144 yards on 23 carries. Junior running back Kyle Bressler ran for 83 yards on 14 carries. The Gators compiled 389 yards of total offense.

Ž“We dominated the second half but missed two or three easy scoring opportunities,Ž” Haines said. Ž“We moved the ball the whole game but didnŽ’t score due to our own inabilities.Ž”

An apparent Decatur touchdown run was called back due to holding, so the Gators settled for a 31-yard field goal by Kyle Bressler to take a 15-14 lead in the third quarter.

The Decatur defense held Curtis to just 30 yards of offense in the second half and 129 yards in the game.

Ž“In the second half we played great defense,Ž” Haines said. Ž“Tracy Ford played really well. So did Lance Witherspoon, who had three tackles for a loss.Ž”

One of the biggest defensive plays in the game came late in the fourth quarter. Curtis had a first and 10 from its own 40-yard line when DecaturŽ’s Smith picked off a pass and returned it to the Curtis 3-yard line.

Curtis fell to 0-4 on the season after the loss. Decatur (3-1) plays against Emerald Ridge (0-3) in a 7 p.m. Thursday night game at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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