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Gators finally get it together, roll over Curtis

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Decatur Gators cleared their first of 10 hurdles Friday night with a workmanlike 19-7 victory over the Curtis Vikings in University Place. After a sluggish first half, the Gators tallied three second-half touchdowns to down the four-time state champion Vikings in both teams South Puget Sound League South Division openers.

The Gators got the scoring going early in the third quarter when senior quarterback Darin Harris ran nine yards into the endzone after he connected on a 44-yard pass with senior wideout Nick Isaac. The score came on Decatur’s first drive of the third quarter. Curtis blocked the extra-point to give the Gators a 6-0 lead.

But the Vikings wouldn’t go away.

Following the Decatur touchdown, Curtis scored their biggest play of the night on a run up the middle by Amir Owens. The junior tailback broke a couple tackles, got a nice block and rolled 73 yards for the tying touchdown. The Vikings converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead. The 73-yard run was over half of Curtis’ total offense on the night. The stifling Gator defense held the Vikings to just under 140 yards total.

After a stalled Decatur drive, Owens fumbled a handoff and Decatur’s Taylor McCluskey recovered in Curtis territory. Three plays later, Harris hit Isaac on a 31-yard scoring toss to put the Gators up for good, 12-7.

The final dagger came when Harris led Decatur on an 80-yard, nine-play drive, which was capped by senior fullback Kyle Bressler plunging into the endzone from 1-yard out. Bressler finished with 105 yards on 22 carries and Harris had 140 total yards from scrimmage.

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