Gators outlast Kentlake

Pretty only counts in beauty contests, so his teamŽ’s unsightly 11-7 victory over Kentlake last Friday looked fine to Decatur High School football coach Rik Haines.

The non-league contest featured relatively little offense and a final score that Ž“sounds like a convenience store,Ž” Haines said, but the defenses were rock-hard.

Decatur, led by middle linebacker Gavin Johnson, held Kentlake to 48 yards rushing. That was enough for the Gators to improve their record to 5-2 going into a crosstown, South Puget Sound League showdown with Jefferson (2-5) this Friday.

Decatur beat Jefferson 21-9 a year ago.

Despite 127 yard rushing by Darin Harris, the Gators struggled on offense against Kentlake. Penalties and dropped passes were culprits. but Ž“Kentlake had a lot to do with it, too,Ž” Haines said. Ž“Those were two good defensive teams.Ž”

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