Mistakes Doom Seahawks In Loss To Bucs

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team had to play nearly a mistake-free game to hang with Bayside North powerhouse Kent Island on the road last week, but too many early gaffs led to a 27-6 win by the Buccaneers.

The Seahawks entered last Friday’s game with a 2-1 record and lots of promise after a relatively good start to the season, but looming was a tough stretch against the Bayside North teams starting with Kent Island. The Buccaneers were 3-0 and barely tested as they jumped out to an unbeaten start and have owned Decatur in recent years, so the Seahawks knew they would have to by nearly perfect to hang.

Decatur had the right formula to hang with the better teams in the conference during the early stretch of the season with the two-headed running back monster of Devin Waters and London Drummond chewing up acres of yardage and scoring touchdowns while keeping the opposition’s offense off the field. It was a formula they would have to follow in order to beat Kent Island and they stuck with the game plan for the most part, but too many errors ultimately decided the outcome.

Decatur fumbled on its opening drive to set up Kent Island on the Seahawk 20-yard line. The Buccaneers wasted no time punching it in from there and took an early 7-0 lead. The Seahawks fumbled two more times before intermission. Decatur also had an interception returned for a touchdown and Kent Island led, 20-0, at the half.

For the most part, Decatur was able to hold Kent Island in check for much of the second half. The Buccaneers did score again to add to its point total. Decatur got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard touchdown run by Waters, but the damage had been done and the Buccaneers rolled to the 27-6 win.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.