Seahawks Advance to State Semifinals

Seahawks Advance to State Semifinals
Decatur’s Brycen Coleman runs for yardage during the Seahawks’ 36-7 win over Potomac to advance in the state 2A playoffs. Coleman threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the win. Photo by Bayside Sports-Vince Risser

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team continued its magical run through the state playoffs last weekend with an impressive 36-7 win over Potomac on the road to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Seahawks won their first two home games as the top seed in the state 2A playoffs, beating C. Milton Wright, 45-13, and North Caroline, 43-27. Those wins advanced Decatur to the state quarterfinals and a date with a tough


Decatur’s Luke Mergott reaches out for one of his two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 36-7 playoff win over Potomac in the state 2A quarterfinals last Friday.
Photo by Bayside Sports-Vince Risser

top-seeded Potomac team on the road last Friday night.

The Seahawks trailed early in the first, 7-0, after a quick score by the Wolverines. Decatur’s offense got loosened up after that early setback and led 13-7 after two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter.

The Seahawks continued their dominance in the second quarter, scoring two more times to take a 27-7 lead into

halftime. Decatur added nine more points in the second half to close out the improbable 36-7 win to advance to the state semifinals this weekend. After that early first quarter touchdown, the stout Decatur defense held Potomac scoreless the rest of the way.

With the win, Decatur now faces a formidable Milford Mill Academy in the state semifinals this weekend, Milford Mill has gone a perfect 12-0 on the season and is the top seed among the four teams left in the state 2A bracket. Milford Mill Academy has beaten its three opponents in the state playoffs thus far by scores of 67-0, 55-0, and 20-7.

In the win over Potomac last weekend to advance, Decatur got a total team effort on both sides of the ball. Brycen Coleman was seven for 11 passing for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman also carried the ball 18 times for 108 yards and a rushing touchdown. Luke Mergott caught four passes for 59 yards including two touchdowns.

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.