DECATUR — Although playoff hopes were already past, Decatur played for pride Friday night and gave the fans something to cheer about on Senior Night as the Eagles swarmed the Sanger Indians 35-6.
“Even though this game didn’t mean anything as far as the playoffs are concerned, it was great to see them come out and play aggressive,” said Decatur head coach Kyle Story. “It always gives us some momentum to close out the season with a win. And it gives them some confidence heading into the off-season.”
And after a brutal injury to linebacker and tight end Tyler Story last season, a leg injury so bad many thought he’d never play again, the senior was able to contribute heavily in the final game of his career.
On Sanger’s opening possession, the Eagles sniffed out a fake punt attempt by Sanger and took over at midfield. A methodical drive was capped with a 7-yard pass from junior Grayson Muehlstein to an open Story.
And early in the third quarter, after a 10-yard dash by junior running back Hunter Aragon into the end zone, Story completed a pass for a two-point conversion attempt to make the game 15-0 and out of reach for the winless Indians. Late in the first half, he sprained an MCL and was held out for the last half.
“It was good to see him come out and make some plays on offense and defense in the first half even though he was out for the second half with an injury,” Story said.
With less than two minutes left in the first half, Sanger scored their only points on the evening with a 35-yard pass on a trick play from backup quarterback Wyatt Broxson to Brennan Bloom.
Decatur responded as time expired in the first half, when Muehlstein floated a high pass into the gut of a back-stepping Cain Lowe.
Muehlstein didn’t throw much, but his throws were efficient. He hit 6 of 10 passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. His top target was the junior Lowe, who caught two touchdowns; the second being a 31-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Lowe grabbed the pass in stride and carried a tackler into the end zone. It was the final points of the game and an explanation point on the 35-6 win.
Muehlstein also did damage with his legs, rushing for 109 yards of 16 carries. Junior Levi Rust was the go-to running back, racking up 81 yards on 15 carries and 1-yard touchdown run through a pile of bodies early in the fourth quarter.
The Decatur defense held Sanger to 268 total yards and forced three fumbles, recovering two of them.
“I feel good about the win,” Story said. “We came out and executed well. And the defense held them to only six points.”
Decatur moved to 4-6 for the season, while Sanger fell to 0-10.
Decatur 35, Sanger 6
D — Tyler Story 7 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (Clark Allen kick)
D — Hunter Aragon 10 run (conversion good)
S — Brennan Bloom 25 pass from Wyatt Broxson (conversion failed)
D — Cain Lowe 15 pass from Muehlstein (Allen kick)
D — Levi Rust 1 run (kick failed)
D — Muehlstein 31-yard pass to Lowe 31 pass from Muehlstein (Allen kick)
Rushes - yards
Rushing — S: Brandon Mann 13-82; D: Grayson Muehlstein 16-109, Levi Rust 15-81, Hunter Aragon 5-22.
Receiving — S: Brennan Bloom 7-84; D: Cain Lowe 2-46.
Passing — S: Mann 15-23-0 102; D: Muehlstein 6-10-0 82.