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Decatur High’s David Martin, left, can’t escape Huntsville High’s Hardy Reynolds and his teammates during Friday night’s game in Decatur. Huntsville won 34-14.
Red Raiders fall
Decatur can’t slow powerful Huntsville
By Brooke Milam
For Decatur High, the new football season started a lot like last year. At home, at Ogle Stadium, hosting Huntsville High for the season opener.
But the results weren’t quite the same as a year ago when Decatur came out the winner in a tight contest.
Decatur lost to Huntsville 34-14 on Friday night, falling to a Crimson Panther team that many throughout the state have on their radar as a team to watch.
“Huntsville is much better than they were last year,” Decatur coach Jere Adcock said. “(Huntsville) is a very good football team, and their coaches have done a great job with them.
“I didn’t know how well we’d match up, but I thought we’d play better than we did in general on both sides of the ball. I’m real disappointed across the board.”
Last year, the Red Raiders pulled out a 28-27 win over the visiting Crimson Panthers against what was
supposed to be a strong Huntsville team.
A year later, Huntsville came back Friday night after graduating receiver Quindarius Carr, now playing at Auburn, and A.J. Walker, who has walked on at Alabama, with an even fresher slew of weapons than before.
Huntsville coach Kevin Wieseman said he was pleased with his team’s first-week effort.
“It’s impressive anytime you can come over to Decatur and play well,” Wieseman said. “We executed pretty well.”
One big reason was Huntsville’s 6-foot-4, 245-pound quarterback, Lewis Gibson.
Gibson started at defensive end a year ago, and opened his senior season as the Crimson Panthers quarterback by completing 9 of 15 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
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Decatur High’s Cory Dodson hauls in the team’s first touchdown of the season in the second quarter at Decatur on Friday night. Huntsville High won 34-14.
Gibson was also Huntsville’s leading rusher with 70 yards on the ground.
He did have one interception, when Decatur senior Aaron Boykin picked off a pass that gave the Red Raiders the ball on the 20-yard line with a little more than a minute left in the first half.
Trailing 14-0 at the time, Boykin’s interception led to junior Cory Dodson’s 6-yard touchdown catch from senior Riley Adcock, pulling Decatur within 14-7 at halftime.
But despite one slip-up, Gibson catapulted the Crimson Panthers to the win.
“The kid has worked hard and he’s got great people around him, which makes him perform at a higher level,” Wieseman said.
Gibson directed Huntsville’s spread offense almost to perfection.
Huntsville led 14-0 midway through the second quarter off a pair of touchdown runs by Alex Caudwell of 4 and 24 yards.
Martin Patton, who added extra points on the end of each Huntsville touchdown, kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter before Andrew Bailey’s 67-yard touchdown catch from Lewis made it 24-7.
Jeremiah Fuqua put up Huntsville final touchdown, scoring on an 11-yard touchdown run with 8:10 left in the game.
Decatur’s final points were freshman Desmond Lavelle’s 10-yard touchdown run.
“I thought we were a play away several times from playing like we were supposed to be playing,” Adcock said. “But they took control in the second half.”
Huntsville High will host Austin on Friday at Milton Frank Stadium at 7 p.m.
Decatur will host Hartselle at Ogle Stadium.
“I’m not pleased with losing, but we’ve got a bunch of kids that are going to be up here in the fieldhouse tomorrow watching film and trying to get better and I’m encouraged by that,” Adcock said.
“We’re going to get better.”
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