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Football: Argyle scores 45 straight points in rout of Decatur

ARGYLE — Argyle is in the midst of one of its more productive seasons in program history, and it came into Friday's district opener against Decatur averaging just shy of 50 points per game. 

But even the Eagles have to make adjustments from time to time.

After coming up empty-handed on three of its first four drives, the state's No. 3 team in Class 4A turned to its running game to break open a one-score game, and it never looked back in a dominating 62-21 win at Eagle Stadium. Don Williams rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and Noah Lang had 96 yards on the ground with two scores as the Eagles scored 45 straight points.

"We just stick to what our coaches tell us," Williams said. "It makes it a lot easier when you have so many weapons. It makes things stressful on a defense when you can distribute the ball like that."

Box score: Argyle vs Decatur

Argyle (6-0, 1-0 District 4-4A, Division I) was leading 14-7 when its offense went on the field at the tail end of the first quarter. Twelve of its next 16 plays were running plays, and it resulted in two quick touchdowns for a 28-7 lead.

Lang scored the first on a 2-yard plunge, and Williams capped a 94-yard drive with a 21-yard run. 

That was part of a 45-point run between the second and third quarters. Williams scored on runs of 21 and 28 yards while Lang added scoring runs of 2 and 44 yards. The Eagles finished with 498 total yards and scored three times off passes from Jon Copeland, who finished with 211 yards.

Argyle spread the ball around to eight receivers. Wes McCollum finished with four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. Trent McCloud and Cale Nanny also scored.

"Kudos to Decatur, which was very multiple [on defense] early on," Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. "It's a chess match, and it always will be. We had to get the right adjustments made, and it took us a bit. But the guys did a great job."

Meanwhile, Decatur's offense was held to 56 rushing yards while turning the ball over three times. One of those was a fumble returned 91 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Wilson Hicks and backup Roman Fuller unofficially were sacked 10 times.  

That poor performance overshadowed a relatively decent start for Decatur (3-3, 0-1), which found success behind several screen plays and deep passes down the sideline. A.J. Martinez still managed 124 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. He also had 79 receiving yards.

Argyle's 62 points Friday was its second highest total of the season. The Eagles beat La Grange 70-0 in Week 2. The Eagles have scored 56 or more points in a game three times this season.

"We get good reps in practice, and we get good reps in games," Rodgers said. "Our practices are hard, and we are doing everything we can to get those reps and prepare a lot of kids.

"Our goal is to get this team ready for a playoff run."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

Argyle 62, Decatur 21

Decatur 7 0 0 14 -- 21
Argyle 14 24 21 3 -- 62

AY -- Cale Nanny 28 pass from Jon Copeland (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Gage Campbell 91 fumble return (Travis Garner kick)

DU -- Mario Reyes 63 pass from Wilson Hicks (Armando Benitez kick)

AY -- Noah Lang 2 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Don Williams 21 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Wes McCollum 35 pass from Jon Copeland (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Travis Garner 34 FG

AY -- Don Williams 28 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Trent McCloud 14 pass from Jon Copeland (Grant Shaw kick)

AY -- Noah Lang 44 run (Grant Shaw kick)

DU -- A.J. Martinez 83 run (Armando Benitez kick)

AY -- Grant Shaw 25 FG

DU -- Ethan Southard 30 pass from Roman Fuller (Armando Benitez kick)

Team Stats DU AY
First Downs 15 21
Rushing Yards 23-56 29-225
Passing Yards 302 273
Passing 23-43-2 17-26-1
Punts-Avg 8-29.88 3-34.67
Penalties 2-30 4-30
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing -- AY: Don Williams 10-135, Noah Lang 10-96, Hayden Clearman 1-9, Wyatt Allcorn 4-4, Chase Estrada 1-3, Jon Copeland 2--7, Alex Gonzales 1--15, DU: A.J. Martinez 10-124, Mario Reyes 1--4, Roman Fuller 3--8, Wilson Hicks 9--56.

Passing -- AY: Jon Copeland 15-24-1-211, Alex Gonzales 2-2-0-62, DU: Wilson Hicks 15-28-1-204, Roman Fuller 7-14-1-73, Dayne Chapman 1-1-0-25.

Receiving -- AY: Wes McCollum 4-69, Trent McCloud 2-59, Bryson Hudgens 3-58, Chase Estrada 3-33, Cale Nanny 1-28, Alex Gonzales 1-20, Michael Ryon 1-6, Don Williams 2-0, DU: A.J. Martinez 8-79, Mario Reyes 3-72, Alec Uselton 2-43, Beau Bedford 5-41, Ethan Southard 1-30, Wilson Hicks 1-25, Dayne Chapman 3-12.