Seahawks Grind Past WiHi, 29-8

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team turned in a workmanlike performance last Friday, cruising past host Wicomico, 29-8, to improve to 4-3 on the season and brighten its postseason hopes.
The Seahawks, who have been up and down all season, wasted no time setting the tone early against the Indians. Decatur scored on its very first possession of the game on a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Justin Meekins. On its second possession, Decatur got a touchdown run by P.J. Copes to pull out to a 13-0 lead.
Both teams settled down after the early scoring flurry and the game remained 13-0 through the rest of the first quarter and much of the second. With time running down in the second quarter, Copes scored again on a 21-yard touchdown run to extend the Seahawks’ lead to 20-0 at the half.
Things did not improve in the second half for Wicomico, which allowed a safety on its first possession to extend the Decatur lead to 22-0. Wicomico finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 48-yard touchdown run by Nelson Brown, who also ran in the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 22-8. Trailing by 14 late in the game, Wicomico attempted an onside kick, but Decatur recovered and took over.
Copes than scored his third touchdown of the day, dashing 35 yards to the end zone to punctuate the win and extend the lead to 29-8. Copes ran for 114 yards on 18 carries, while teammate Demond Henry rushed for 141 yards on 11 carries.
With the win, the Seahawks improved their record to 4-3 on the season and also improved their playoff chances in the 3A-South. Decatur now has 30 total points and trails West Lake, which has 33 points, for the fourth playoff spot in the division. Thomas Stone is in third with 34 points. Decatur faces Bennett at home on Friday and Parkside at home next week before finishing with its annual season finale against county rival Snow Hill on November 8.