Seahawks Rout Lions, 42-6, to Advance

Seahawks Rout Lions, 42-6, to Advance
Decatur’s Luke Mergott lunges across the goal line in the playoff win over Queen Anne’s last Friday. Mergott caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Photo by Steve Green

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football routed visiting Queen Anne’s, 42-6, last Friday in its first home playoff game in 17 years to advance in the state 3A-East

Quarterback Ashten Snelsire

Decatur quarterback Ashten Snelsire drops pack to pass during the Seahawks’ 42-6 rout of Queen Anne’s last weekend. Snelsire finished with three touchdown passes in the game.
Photo by Steve Green

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The Seahawks led 7-0 after one quarter and 14-6 at the half. Decatur scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Lions, who were held scoreless in the second half.

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With the win, Decatur advanced to the 2A-East sectional championship with a road game against Bayside South rival Wicomico on Friday. The Seahawks lost a close one to Wicomico, 47-41, in a regular season meeting back on September 24.

Against the Lions, quarterback Ashten Snelsire completed 20 passes on 25 attempts including three touchdowns. Snelsire also ran for a

zimere handy

Decatur running back Zimere Handy plows through the Lions’ defense on the way to a big gain. Handy rushed for one touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for another score.
Photo by Steve Green

touchdown. Brycen Coleman caught five passes for 82 yards, Marqui Henry caught six for 58 yards, Zimere Handy caught five passes for 23 yards and one touchdown, and Luke Mergott caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

On the ground, the Seahawks rushed for 167 yards as a team. Caden Shockley led the way with 15 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Handy carried the ball three times for 29 yards and a touchdown, while R.J. Brittingham ran four times for 14 yards.

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.