DECATUR — Can anyone stop the Krum Bobcats?
So far the answer is no, but the Decatur Eagles sure made things interesting Friday night in their District 9-3A battle.
Reed Flores rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Caz Wojciak scored twice and threw two TD passes as unbeaten Krum’s magical first varsity season continued with a hard-fought 45-34 victory over the Eagles.
Krum improved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in district, but the Bobcats had their hands full as the Eagles scored four second-half touchdowns to keep the pressure on. The Bobcats, who were only allowing 12 points per game and had given up more than 14 points only once this season, kept coming up with enough scoring of their own, including a 50-yard TD run by Flores with 5:05 left that sealed the win.
Wojciak finished with 73 yards rushing as he and Flores each surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
Decatur (3-5, 0-2 district), despite its first half troubles with turnovers and penalties, kept after Krum and never let up. Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards, while Cain Lowe had 124 receiving yards and three TD catches. He also threw a 72-yard scoring strike to Ben Blattner. It just wasn’t enough against the Bobcats, who were 6-4 last season as an independent, but returned all their starters on both offense and defense.
Even though the Bobcats were outgained in total offense in the first half — 179 yards to 127 — they forced three turnovers and took advantage of 87 yards in penalties against Decatur to build a 27-6 lead at halftime. One of the scores was a 45-yard fumble return by Morgan Sprayberry.
Krum cut the deficit to 27-13 in the third quarter when Lowe caught a 15-yard strike from Muehlstein. Krum ran into Decatur’s punt returner who had signaled for a fair catch to jump-start the drive.
The teams then combined for five scores in a span of just over three minutes in the fourth quarter. Wojciak scored on a 5-yard run, and the Eagles answered on the first play of the ensuing drive when Muehlstein lateraled to Lowe who then fired a 72-yard TD pass to Blattner.
Krum came right back with Wojciak, throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Rankin to give the Bobcats a 39-20 lead with 6:37 left.
Muehlstein’s responded with a 3-yard run and the deficit was 39-27 with 5:16 to play. Krum recovered the onside kick attempt at midfield, and on first down, Flores broke through and went down the left sideline for a 50-yard scoring run that pushed Krum’s lead to 45-27.
Decatur added a final score when Muehlstein hit Lowe from 13 yards out with 22 seconds left.
Brennan Ellis returned the game’s opening kickoff 35 yards to the Decatur 35 to give the Bobcats excellent field position on their first drive. Nine plays later, Ellis capped the drive by catching a 6-yard scoring pass from Wojciak. The PAT failed and Krum led 6-0.
The Eagles answered with their only scoring drive of the first half. A 34-yard run by Muehlstein moved the ball to the Krum 41 and two plays later, Muehlstein found Lowe on a crossing pattern for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Krum blocked the PAT and the score was tied at 6 with 5:35 left in the first half.
Krum increased its lead to 13-6 early in the second quarter when Flores capped a 59-yard, seven-play drive with his 1-yard run. A key play on the drive came after Wojciak gained 20 yards and Decatur was penalized nearly 30 yards for a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct after the tackle.
Krum dominated the rest of the way by forcing three turnovers that led to two more scores while ending a Decatur drive in the end zone with an interception.
On Decatur’s next possession, Muehlstein completed a 12-yard pass to Lowe, then on third down, Krum’s defense filled the gaps. Muehlstein mishandled the ball and Sprayberry picked it up and ran untouched for a 45-yard touchdown to push Krum’s lead to 20-6.
Decatur came back with a strong drive, moving from its 36 to the Krum 24. From there, Muehlstein fired a pass to Lowe in the end zone, but was intercepted by Travis White, his sixth of the season.
Krum defender Charles Eneh intercepted another Muehlstein pass to set up Krum’s final score of the half. He returned the ball to the Krum 36. A personal foul and a facemask penalty against Decatur helped Krum move 64 yards in seven plays to set up Wojciak’s 2-yard touchdown run just before halftime.
Krum 45, Decatur 34
K — Brennan Ellis 6 pass from Caz Wojciak (kick failed), 7:31
D — Cain Lowe 39 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (kick failed), 5:35
K — ReedFlores 1 run (Morgan Sprayberry kick), 9:48
K — Sprayberry 45 fumble recovery (Sprayberry kick), 9:03
K — Wojciak 2 run (Sprayberry kick), :42
D — Lowe 15 pass from Muehlstein (Clark Allen kick), 6:30
K — Wojciak 5 run (kick failed), 8:16
D — Ben Blattner 72 pass from Lowe (Allen kick), 7:58
K — Tanner Rankin 62 pass from Wojciak (run failed), 6:33
D — Muehlstein 3 run (Allen kick), 5:16
K — Flores 50 run (run failed), 5:05
D — Lowe 13 pass from Muehlstein (Allen kick), :22
Rushing — K: Reed Flores 23-134, Caz Wojciak 14-70, Brennan Ellis 6-19, Jack Fleckenstein 2- -5. D – Grayson Muehlstein 21-124, Hunter Aragon 5-22, Jared Durdon 3-6.
Passing — K:Caz Wojciak 5-9-86-0. D – Grayon Muehlstein 16-32-2 234, Cain Lowe 1-1-0 72.
Receiving — K: Tanner Rankin 1-62, Zack Hughes 1-11, Brennan Ellis 1-6, Angel Martinez 1-6, Jake Fleckenstein 1-1. D – Cain Lowe 9-124, Hunter Aragon 4-80, Ben Blattner 1-72, Jared Durdon 1-25, Cory Durdon 1-4.