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Decatur lineman Christian Smith, left, blocks for Chris Coffey, who is tackled by Florence's Chris Simpson during spring football action at Ogle Stadium on Thursday. Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Decatur lineman Christian Smith, left, blocks for Chris Coffey, who is tackled by Florence's Chris Simpson during spring football action at Ogle Stadium on Thursday. Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.

Rain shortens Decatur's spring
Red Raiders win and
learn against Florence

By Brooke Milam
bilam@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

Decatur High's spring football game ended, not lasting much longer than stretching and warmup drills would before practice.

Thunderstorms washed away the second half of Decatur's scrimmage with Florence at Ogle Stadium on Thursday night, but two quarters were long enough for Coach Jere Adcock and his staff to identify the Red Raiders' strengths and weaknesses at the end of the team's spring practices.

"We saw a ton of mistakes on our behalf, but that's the way it should be," Adcock said. "You want to see yourself have some success, but you also want to find the things you need to work on. It was a real good learning process for us."

Decatur led 17-0 when lightning kept the teams from coming out
of the locker room for the second half.

A 38-yard field goal against the wind by Decatur's Michael Schuster with 50 seconds left in the first quarter was the first points of the game.

The Red Raiders led 3-0 until Decatur's Levi Cook recovered a loose ball and ran it back 72 yards for a touchdown in the opening seconds of the second. Schuster tacked on the extra point for a 10-0 Decatur lead.

Decatur's Aaron Boykin intercepted a pass, which led to Riley Adcock's 73-yard touchdown pass to Cory Dodson. Schuster's extra point made it 17-0 with 45 seconds left in the first half.

From there, the rain and lightning took care of the second half.

Riley Adcock and Ben Neill, both returning with experience from last season, shared quarterback duties for the Red Raiders.

"I was really proud of the tempo of our offense," Coach Adcock said. "We kept a good pace and ran a lot of plays in the first half."

He said the Red Raiders' offense ran more than 30 plays.

Defensive end Dewan Troupe had a fumble recovery and a sack to his credit in the half.

"I was pleased with our effort but we've still got along way to go," Coach Adcock said.

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