Last Friday’s Homecoming football game at Stephen Decatur High School resulted in an exciting victory for the Seahawks. The team earned an impressive win, besting the Easton Warriors 41-8.
Stephen Decatur gained the upper hand almost immediately. Following a pass to Decatur junior Tim VanVonno resulting in a first down, senior D.J. Kee, a skilled athlete who has thrice won Bank of Ocean City’s Player of the Week, scored on a 25 yard play. Sophomore Jared King nailed the point after making it an early 7-0.
Decatur was unable to score again in the first quarter, but skillfully kept their opponents from scoring. Even though the Warriors intercepted a Seahawk pass near the beginning of the second quarter they were unable able to score.
Kee once again demonstrated his gift for football by scoring a remarkable 75 yard touchdown. The point after was completed by King, and the tally jumped to 14-0.
Before the first half ended, Kee was again able to gain a 25 yard touchdown, bringing the score to 21-0.
The second half began with another intercepted pass by the Warriors. However, they lost the ball to a fumble and Stephen Decatur rapidly earned a series of first downs with completed passes. After reaching the 10 yard line, senior Jake Rites carried the ball to another Seahawk touchdown. Decatur was now in the lead 28-0.
Later, senior Teron Tyre, who was crowned Homecoming King earlier that evening, sprinted 30 yards with the football to transport his team tantalizingly close to the end zone. Tyre soon scored a touchdown for his team, and the score became 35-0 by the end of the third quarter.
Decatur junior James Mapp started the fourth quarter with several first down runs. The Seahawks’ last touchdown was scored, but King missed the extra point and the score remained 41-0.
The Warriors immediately followed with their first and only touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion bringing the score to 41-8.
Both teams began the match with a record of 3-2, and either could have walked away victorious. However, the Seahawks’ persistence and determination allowed them to gain an advantage early in the game and hold it throughout. Stephen Decatur students were certainly enthusiastic to see their football team win such an important game.