Bull­dogs break two-year los­ing streak with win over Her­mits

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­els@nwadg.com

DE­CATUR — As the sun rose Satur­day morn­ing, re­veal­ing the mak­ings of a beau­ti­ful morn­ing, res­i­dents of De­catur awoke to the news that has so eluded them for nearly two years — news, that the De­catur var­sity foot­ball team fi­nally broke a long los­ing streak with a big 56-36 vic­tory in the eight-man foot­ball league.

The Bull­dogs made the long five-hour, 330 mile trip to south­ern Arkansas to face the Her­mitage Her­mits in an eight-man league show­down at Her­mitage. This was the sec­ond meet­ing be­tween these two teams this sea­son. On Aug. 31, the Her­mits de­feated the Bull­dogs, 38-32, in the first eight-man foot­ball game of the newly-formed league.

Toby Conrad, De­catur High School prin­ci­pal and ath­letic di­rec­tor, was so ec­static about the win that he sent out a photo and mes­sage through the school’s email sys­tem.

“Tell your friends, let ev­ery­body know,” Conrad wrote. ”De­catur High School cel­e­brated its first win in two years against the Her­mitage Her­mits on the road. Thanks for all your sup­port and a spe­cial thanks to Jeff Gravette for get­ting eight­man foot­ball started in the state of Arkansas.”

The last vic­tory for De­catur came Oct. 21, 2016, against West­ern Yell County when the Bull­dogs posted an im­pres­sive 28-14 win dur­ing home­com­ing. This was the only win of 2016, the last year De­catur was in the 2A con­fer­ence.

Now the Bull­dogs turn their at­ten­tion on an­other home­com­ing con­test Oct. 12 when they square off against the Au­gusta Red Devils at Bull­dog Sta­dium in De­catur. Game time is 7 p.m., with the crown­ing of the 2018 home­com­ing queen at 6:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing sport­ing events at De­catur High School, go to de­catursd.com/ath­let­ics.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SUBMITTED

The De­catur Bull­dog foot­ball team cel­e­brates its first vic­tory in nearly two years af­ter de­feat­ing the Her­mitage Her­mits in a road game Oct. 5.

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