KRUM — The Krum offense started off fast in Friday’s District 9-3A home game against Decatur, but the Bobcats couldn’t sustain that momentum beyond the opening drive in a 41-14 loss.
Krum (3-5, 1-1 district) was outgained 561-180, with 71 of its yards coming on that opening drive to nab an early 7-0 lead. But Decatur (5-3, 1-1) scored on its next four possessions of the first half — all touchdowns — and the combo of quarterback Grayson Muehlstein and wide receiver Cain Lowe proved to be too much in the Eagles’ no-huddle offense.
“Decatur is a real good football team with a lot of speed. Our kids showed up and fought like they always do, but they [Decatur] are a good football team,” Krum coach Gary Robinson said. “We scouted them; we knew it [quick offense] was coming. They are just good, and we will continue to get better.”
Muehlstein played briefly into the third quarter and finished 18-of-26 passing for 277 yards and four touchdowns. All four strikes went to Lowe, who caught 11 balls for 175 yards.
The exclamation point came at the start of the third quarter when Muehlstein found Lowe on back-to-back 35-yard touchdown passes to extend what was a 21-point halftime lead to 41-7. Both scores came in the first 4:25 of the quarter.
Decatur did not look like the same team that lost to Gainesville last week. In fact, the Eagles were extremely balanced with 274 rushing yards to complement their 287 through the air. Payton McAlister and Eddie Martinez rushed for 86 and 80 yards, respectively.
Decatur tied the game on a 27-yard run by Martinez with 7:32 left in the first quarter. Muehlstein then hit Lowe for a 17-yard touchdown and capped the team’s ensuing drive with a 16-yard keeper. That gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead with 9:56 left in the first half.
While Krum didn’t muster much offense, it did get 83 yards on the ground from Brennan Ellis. Ellis scored the opening touchdown when he broke loose on a 31-yard run just shy of four minutes into the game. The Bobcats’ next score didn’t come until the 5:27 mark of the third quarter when quarterback Colten Graham bulled in from a yard out.
“After beating Bridgeport last week, I think we got better,” Robinson said. “But you have got to give credit to Decatur. We’ll keep fighting; we have a big rivalry game next week against Sanger. It will be fun.”
Decatur 41, Krum 14
KM — Brennan Ellis 31 run (Miguel Licea kick)
DU — Eddie Martinez 27 run (Clark Allen kick)
DU — Cain Lowe 17 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (Clark Allen kick)
DU — Grayson Muehlstein 16 run (Clark Allen kick)
DU — Cain Lowe 5 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (Clark Allen kick)
DU — Cain Lowe 35 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (kick failed)
DU — Cain Lowe 35 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (Eddie Martinez kick)
KM — Colten Graham 1 run (Miguel Licea kick)
Rushing — DU: PAYTON MCALISTER 12-86, Eddie Martinez 14-80, Grayson Muehlstein 6-62, Justin Myers 10-48, Gunnar Parker 2--2, KM: Brennan Ellis 27-83, Ian Concepcion 5-64, JACOB SPENCER 4-14, Carter Stokes 1-11, Colten Graham 4--24.
Passing — DU: Grayson Muehlstein 18-26-0-277, Justin Myers 1-1-0-10, KM: Colten Graham 2-7-0-32.
Receiving — DU: Cain Lowe 11-175, Austin Givens 4-53, Gage Frank 3-49, Tanner Shields 1-10, KM: Carter Stokes 1-30, Brennan Ellis 1-2.