Ber­ryville bull­dozes Bull­dogs in 2017 opener

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - By Mike Eck­els meck­ Cay­den Bing­ham of De­catur tack­les Ber­ryville’s Luke Britt dur­ing the De­catur Bull­dogs’ sea­son opener against the Bob­cats in De­catur on Sept. 1.

DE­CATUR — The De­catur Bull­dogs played host to the Ber­ryville Bob­cats at Bull­dog Sta­dium in De­catur Sept. 1 for the open­ing of its 2017 foot­ball sea­son.

It was clear from the start that the young Bull­dogs were out­matched by the more ex­pe­ri­enced Bob­cats. On Ber­ryville’s open­ing pos­ses­sion, Luke Britt ran for a 40-yard touch­down at the 10:40 mark in the first quar­ter. From there it was all Bob­cats as they con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the first half, scor­ing touch­downs by Is­sac Brown, Byran McIn­tosh, Kooper Lo­gan, Tris­tan Upde­graff, Ethan Carey and Charles Archer. A missed field goal made it a 48-0 con­test go­ing into the half­time break.

Ber­ryville ef­fec­tively shut down De­catur’s of­fense, and the Bull­dog team strug­gled to move the ball into Ber­ryville ter­ri­tory. Ber­ryville scored two more times on car­ries by Lo­gan and Cary. A two-point con­ver­sion by the Bob­cats was stopped well short of the goal line, mak­ing it a 61-0 con­test at the end of play.

With less than three min­utes left in the con­test, the Bull­dogs started to move the ball past the 50 yard line for the first time. Two 10 yard runs by quar­ter­back Joseph Arm­strong and a short run by Alex Lee moved the Bull­dogs to within strik­ing dis­tance of the goal line. But a pass to Alex Lee was in­ter­cepted near the 13-yard line by Ber­ryville, end­ing De­catur’s chance of scor­ing at least one touch­down.

This was the first out­ing for De­catur’s new head coach, Ryan Woolard, and as­sis­tants, Shel­don McKinzie and Cody Reid. Although the con­test was one-sided, the

lessons the coaches learned about their team proved in­valu­able.

“We took on a great team and we didn’t come out too great, but we never quit and that is one thing I am re­ally proud of,” said Woolard. “We have a lot of places that need work. But I wanted the kids to do two things, play hard and have fun, and they did both.”

The Bull­dogs will travel to take on the Gen­try Pi­o­neers at Pioneer Sta­dium on Sept. 8. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Photo by Mike Eck­els

De­catur’s Cay­den Bing­ham (2) catches a high pass from quar­ter­back Joseph Arm­strong dur­ing the De­catur-Ber­ryville game at Bull­dog Sta­dium on Sept. 1. Bing­ham gained 5 yards on the play.

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