Decatur puts focus on Region 8 foe Brewer
By Michael Wetzel
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What's the most important game left on the Decatur High football schedule?
It's an easy question for coach Jere Adcock to answer. It's Friday night's contest at Class 5A, Region 8 foe Brewer.
"We'll worry about Brewer, our next game, before we think about anyone else or the playoffs," said Adcock, whose team has clinched at least a tie for the region crown.
The Red Raiders (7-1, 6-0 in the region) go into Friday's contest in Florette favored. Decatur is averaging a stout 31.3 points a game.
On Oct. 20, the Red Raiders routed Muscle Shoals 55-14 at Ogle Stadium. It marked Decatur's seventh straight victory.
"I'm real pleased with the direction and focus our kids have had going about their business to get it done on the field," Adcock said. "They are going out and doing what they're supposed to be doing."
Despite the Patriots' 3-5 overall record and 1-5 mark in the region, Brewer impresses Adcock.
"I know they'll be well-prepared and ready to play," he said. "I've seen a lot of good things from them on tape. They'll try to keep the ball out of our hands and play hard every down. They're well-coached."
Adcock pointed to the play of the Red Raiders' offensive line as his team's difference-maker this season.
"The offensive line is starting to mature," he said. "Early in the season, the line was a concern. We knew they just needed some time to mature, and they're coming together as a unit.
"That's a tribute to Coach (Richard) Armstrong. It takes a lot of grunt work to be successful on the offensive line."
Decatur closes out the regular season Nov. 2 against crosstown rival Austin. The Class 5A state playoffs begin Nov. 9 with Decatur hosting a first-round game.
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