Friday’s game against Queen Anne’s County started off great for Stephen Decatur as they went up 7-0 within the opening moments.
Then the Lions came out of the gate and began to score in bunches. Four straight touchdowns between the second and third quarters led them to a 56-41 rout of the Seahawks.
“We played in spurts tonight,” Seahawks Head Coach Bob Knox said. “We told the players for us to be successful that we have to be disciplined and we weren’t that tonight.”
Decatur (0-2) matched Queen Anne’s (2-0) punch for punch up until midway through the second quarter where they held a four-point lead after junior running back Dryden Brous scored on an 82-yard rushing touchdown. Then Queen Anne’s responded in a big way, scoring three consecutive touchdowns before halftime to give them a 36-19 lead.
The scoring burst was capped off by senior running back Brendan Cavanagh, who, with a little over two minutes left in the half, received a Stephen Decatur punt, made a few cuts, broke a tackle and ran 55 yards for a touchdown that appeared to be the dagger.
“I acted like I was going up the middle, then I cut outside and just followed all of the blocks,” Cavanagh said. “It was definitely a game changer; the game was close and that basically put them away at halftime.”
Penalties and turnovers continued to pile up for the Seahawks and that turned into points for the Lions. The Seahawks were put into holes where they needed big plays and on two of those occasions, senior quarterback Justin Meekins threw up hopeful passes that were picked off by Lions senior defensive back EJ Emory, one of which resulted in a scoring drive for the Lions.
“On those plays he was trying to make a play, but just threw the ball to hard,” Knox said. “When you have guys on your team that are trying to do too much they can either be the hero or the goat, so, we want those guys on our team; we just have to bring them in a little.”
The Lions added another score in the third quarter and with a 23-point lead heading into the fourth, Lions’ Head Coach Donny Graef pulled his starters and inserted his second and third teams. Coach Knox elected to leave the Seahawks’ starters in as they attempted to mount a comeback.
Even as Decatur tried to mount a comeback – scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter – Graef never put his starters back in and instead let players like sophomore running back Jykel Gardner, who had two carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the quarter, go to work and put the Seahawks away.
Even with the loss, and a 0-2 start, Coach Knox was able to take away a few positives from this game, in addition to learning what they still need to work on as a team.
“We have to learn from our mistakes and put the right pieces in the right places,” Konx said. “We’re still experimenting because we’re young; there were a couple kids this week that didn’t play last week that didn’t do a bad job, and we’ll hope to see the same thing next week.”