HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Decker leads Cedar Bluff to quip feat over …
August 28, 2015 - garden totes
CEDAR BLUFF – Cedar Bluff youth quarterback Josh Decker isn’t too lustful of using sprints during summer mornings in nearby 100-degree heat.
To use his words, it stinks.
But Decker is intelligent adequate to comprehend since his football coaches are constantly pulling a Class 1A, No. 6 Tigers to their limits. A ideal instance of since they condition so tough came Thursday night during home opposite longtime opposition Collinsville in both teams’ deteriorate opener.
After spotting a Panthers a 13-point lead, Decker rallied a Tigers for a 33-26 victory. Decker finished a diversion completing 9-of-15 pass attempts for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also rushed for 103 yards on 20 totes and dual some-more scores.
“Last year, we had several nail-biting games, though we unequivocally consider a work in a off-season shows how most we’ve matured,” Decker said. “It shows how we’ve gotten stronger and closer as a team. We didn’t have a miss of concentration being down. We did a stuff. We did it well, and we were means to grub one out and get a ‘W.’”
But nothing of Decker’s runs were as critical as a ones he had in a fourth quarter.
After Collinsville (0-1) regained a lead during 26-25 on youth quarterback Grant Jones’s 17-yard touchdown strike to youth using behind Dallas Reed, Decker quietly led a Tigers (1-0) on a 9-play, 58-yard drive, capped off by his 2-yard touchdown run. He also tossed a 2-point acclimatisation pass to comparison receiver DJ Chapman, giving Cedar Bluff a 33-26 advantage with 5:06 remaining in a game.
One play after a kickoff, a Tiger invulnerability gave Decker and a offense a round back.
Freshman linebacker Ross Johnson nude a round from Panther youth using behind Trenton Nash. Tiger sophomore defensive behind Davion Fife scooped adult a lax football to set Cedar Bluff adult nearby midfield with 4:51 to go.
The indirect expostulate was all Decker. He had 6 carries and an 11-yard pass execution to comparison using behind Haylan Bailey. A final kneel down killed a clock.
“All a credit goes to a descent line,” Decker pronounced on a Tigers’ final dual drives of a night. “They put in a work each day with (Assistant) Coach (Michael) Morgan on a sled. That’s all them. They’re a large dogs. They grub it out. They won a fight in a trenches.”
Cedar Bluff conduct manager Jonathan McWhorter concluded with his quarterback’s assessment.
“I suspicion as a diversion went on, a descent line took over a game,” he said. “We had several large plays, though they were all set adult since of a run game. When a run diversion is working, a concentration goes off a receivers a small bit, and you’re means to chuck when we wish to, not when you’re carrying to. That’s a large difference. Josh had a good game, and we had other guys who had a good game. Everybody played a partial in this, and I’m only genuine unapproachable of them.”
Early on, however, it was a Panthers who were using during will on a Tigers.
Nash, who had 114 yards on 16 carries, capped Collinsville’s opening expostulate with a 4-yard touchdown run. Alex Parker booted a additional indicate to give a Panthers a 7-0 lead with 9:13 to go in a initial quarter.
After a Tiger punt, Collinsville cashed in again, this time on Reed’s 6-yard touchdown run with 3:16 left in a opening quarter. Reed set adult his possess measure on a 67-yard run on a initial play of a drive. Parker’s PAT failed, though a Panthers were in control during 13-0.
Reed finished with 132 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, all in a initial half, to go along with his 17-yard touchdown locate with 7:25 left in a fourth quarter.
Decker destined a Tigers to all 3 of their first-half scoring drives, giving them a 19-13 advantage during halftime. He sealed out a initial entertain with a 37-yard scoring strike to Chapman. Decker afterwards delivered a 38-yard touchdown toss to comparison receiver Jamie Abernathy with 7:55 remaining before halftime, afterwards finished off a initial half with a 40-yard scoring strike to Bailey.
Cedar Bluff’s invulnerability helped a Tigers extend their lead late in a third quarter. Senior linebacker Jordan McElroy recovered a Panther fail and returned it all a approach to a Collinsville 2-yard line. One play later, Decker scored on a 2-yard rush. The try for dual failed, though Cedar Bluff had extended a lead to 25-13 with 5:33 to go in a third quarter.
Collinsville sealed out a entertain with a estimable drive, marching all a approach down to a Tiger 1. On a initial play of a fourth quarter, youth using behind Tyler Blakely dashed in for a measure to top a 11-play, 85-yard drive. Chapman blocked Parker’s additional point, gripping a measure during 25-19 Tigers.
One play after a kickoff, Cedar Bluff beginner using behind Ivory Starr fumbled a ball, that a Panthers’ Isaac Hamby pounced on during a Tiger 25. Eight plays later, Jones connected with Reed on a fourth-down touchdown pass. Josh Duque kicked a additional indicate to assistance Collinsville recover a lead during 26-25 during a 7:25 symbol of a fourth quarter.
That set a theatre for Decker’s daggers in a Panthers’ hopes of entrance divided with a win.
“We only had too many mistakes,” Collinsville manager Ernie Willingham said. “We wanted to start fast, and we did, though to their credit, they hold it together and came back. They got on us flattering good, though we played hard. We incited a round over and had some penalties that put us in bad situations, though Cedar Bluff’s got a unequivocally good team. we don’t know if there’s anybody who can locate them (in Class 1A).”
Collinsville opens Class 2A, Region 7 play Friday during West End of Walnut Grove. Cedar Bluff has a Class 1A, Region 7 showdown during fifth-ranked Spring Garden.
Spring Garden squeaked out final year’s conflict 21-20 during Cedar Bluff.
“It’s a outrageous segment diversion (at Spring Garden),” McWhorter said. “I don’t consider possibly group is going to have a miss of focus. This win was a good win, though now it’s Spring Garden week. Our concentration will be on them, and we know their concentration will be on us. It’ll be a good round game.”
Decker pronounced he’s blissful a Tigers have some movement streamer into a Panthers’ den.
“Everybody who keeps adult with high propagandize football around here knows it’s going to be one of a biggest games of a year,” he said. “We’ve only got to come out Monday from a initial repute in a weight room, gain on it, be focused during use and get prepared for Friday night only like it’s any other game.”