Seahawks Route Eagles, Clinch Playoff Berth

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team cruised past county rival Snow Hill, 42-7, last Friday for its fifth win a row and clinched a berth in the state Class 3A-South playoffs.
The Seahawks wasted little time dispensing with the Eagles and finished with a 7-3 record. Decatur opened the season with its first-ever win over Indian River, 30-28, but then stumbled somewhat during the early part of the season. The Seahawks fell to Queen Anne’s in the second game, but rebounded with a 12-7 win over Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Decatur was routed by Kent Island, 42-8, in week four, followed by a tough 28-14 loss to Easton on Homecoming. After that loss, however, the Seahawks went on a big roll, winning their last five games to finish the regular season at 7-3. During the stretch, Decatur beat North Caroline, Wicomico, Bennett, Parkside and finally Snow Hill last Friday. During the stretch, Decatur outscored its opponents by a combined 165-67, with 24 of those points given up against Parkside two weeks ago.
With the 7-3 record, Decatur earned the number-three seed in the 3A-South tournament and will hit the road for a semifinal game against Lackey in Charles County tonight. Lackey finished the regular season with an 8-2 record including a perfect 5-0 at home. On paper, the game appears to be an even match with Decatur averaging 24.3 points per game and Lackey averaging 25 points per game. Defending 3A-South champ Huntingtown is the top seed in the region and will host fourth-seeded Westlake tonight.

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