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    KRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38BOYD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    CHICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53DH-JARVIS . . . . . . . . . . 22

    ALVORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38PARADISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    FOSSIL RIDGE . . . . . . . . 52NORTHWEST . . . . . . . . . 42

    DECATUR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56BRIDGEPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    Myers great night leads

    Eagles to win


    As the fi nal minutes ticked off the clock Friday night, Jus-tin Myers stood on the side-lines with a chance to refl ect and take in the night.

    This is a great night, said the De-catur senior signal caller. This outcome is a result of all the work all week. Theres still a few things that can get better. But to-night was great.

    Myers was a big reason it was a great night for the Big Blue and Decatur in the Bat-tle of Big Sandy. In his fi rst start in the 95th meeting be-tween the two rivals, Myers torched the Bulls with his arm and legs to lead Decatur to a 56-27 win over Bridge-port.

    Myers ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns and added 252 yards through air, com-pleting 15 of his 22 attempts.

    He did a great job, said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. He did a good job passing and made plays with his feet when he needed.

    Myers wasted no time put-ting his mark on the game, hitting speedster Gunnar Parker for a 50-yard touch-down on the Eagles fi rst pos-session.

    After the Decatur defense made a stop at the 10-yard line, Myers broke free for a 65-yard romp to set up a second touchdown.

    Ive always come to this game when I was little. The Battle of Big Sandy was al-ways a big thing, Myers said. I got in last year after Gray-son [Muehlstein] did great things. Its great to be a part of it.

    Myers didnt stop there. When it looked like maybe his team was losing grip on the game as Bridgeport ral-lied behind a pair of plays from the dynamic Keenan Holdman, it was the steady hand of Myers completing a 26-yard pass on a third-and-8 to get the Eagles back on track. He scored on a 8-yard run on the next play.

    He then put the game away in the third quarter, marching the Eagles on four straight scoring drives. He capped one with a 9-yard scoring run. His fi nal series he threw a pair of touchdowns. The fi rst a 47-yard strike to Payton McAlister was called back for illegal touching. The next play, Myers connected with Ryan Durdon for 33 yards. He then closed the night with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Parker.

    Aside from trotting back on the fi eld to punt twice in the fourth quarter, he spent the rest of the night on the side-lines where hed hoped to be.

    We put in such a good week of work, we were confi dent this was going to happen, Myers said.

    But he reached the sidelines only after a truly great night in the Battle of Big Sandy.


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    After missing its opportu-nity to land knockout shots in the fi rst half, the Deca-tur Eagles didnt make the same mistake in the third quarter.

    The Eagles turned an eight-point game at half-time into a 56-27 rout of the Bridgeport Bulls, putting up 21 straight points in the fi rst seven minutes of the second half.

    Quarterback Justin My-ers scored on runs of nine and one yards and Payton McAlister added a 7-yard dash to pay dirt in the 21-point blitz in the Battle of Big Sandy.

    We had a few hiccups in the fi rst half but still scored on four of our eight possessions, Myers said. We then got to rolling in the third quarter. We were more focused and came out guns ablazing.

    Myers turned in a stellar night running and throw-ing the ball. He rushed for 204 yards and three touch-downs. He also threw a pair of scores to Gunnar Parker, including a 50-yard strike barely two minutes into the game.

    We knew we were going to be able to get that fi rst pass play and it was going to be open, Myers said. That got us rolling.

    Myers spent all but one possession on the sidelines in the fourth quarter after throwing for 252 yards, completing 15 of his 22 at-tempts.

    He did to us what hes done to everyone else, said Bridgeport coach Danny Henson. Hes a good quar-terback. In this era, if you have a true dual-threat quarterback they are hard to stop. The SEC couldnt

    stop Johnny Manziel.The Decatur defense

    also did its part in turn-

    ing a possible shootout into a one-sided affair in the second half. The Eagles

    held Bridgeport to a single touchdown a 5-yard pass to Keenan Holdman from Trey Cook after halftime. The Bulls, who had 232 yards at halftime, put up 135 in the third and fourth quarters and turned the ball over on downs three times and punted twice.

    We played great in the second half, said Decatur linebacker Cole Vaughan. We added fi ve new blitzes this week and all of them worked well. We were able to contain Trey and their running game.

    Decatur coach Mike Fuller added praise for the defense, which was with-out some starters in the second half.

    We had some subs in but they did a good job of picking it up, Fuller said. We did a good job in the fi rst half but No. 7 (Hold-man) made some plays.

    Holdman caught touch-down passes of 69 and 29 yards in the fi rst half. He also ran back a kickoff 80 yards to bring the Bulls within one, 21-20. Hold-

    man fi nished with seven catches for 136 yards.

    The Bulls trailed 28-20 at the break after McAli-sters second 2-yard touch-down run of the fi rst half for the Eagles. McAlister scored three times, rush-ing for 56 yards.

    Bridgeport twice drove inside the Decatur 10-yard line in the fi rst half and turned the ball over on downs.

    There was the two big series in the fi rst half where they stopped us, Henson said. That was a big turning point. We needed to capitalize on every possession to win a high-scoring game like this.

    Decatur jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring on its fi rst two drives. Each pos-session took less than a minute, covering 70 and 90 yards.

    Myers went 9-for-17 through the air for 164 yards in the fi rst half. He added 125 yards rushing and an 8-yard touchdown run.

    Decatur looked on the verge of breaking the game open after a Vaughan in-terception off a defl ection at the Bulls 23. But the next play the Eagles gave the ball back to Bridgeport with a fumble.

    Cook then connected with Holdman on a 69-yard touchdown pass. Then, after the Eagles were stopped on fourth down at their 39, Cook found Holdman again for a 29-yard touchdown.

    When Efrain DeLunas PAT hit the upright and bounced back, the Eagles held on to a 14-13 lead.

    Decatur never relin-quished its lead or the jarof sand as the champions of the Battle of Big Sandy.

    Eagles blast Bulls with big 3rd quarter


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    Bridgeport receiver Keenan

    Holdman breaks loose

    on his 80-yard jaunt to

    the end zone. He scored

    three times for the Bulls


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    KNOCKING IT AWAY Decaturs Ryan Durdon fl ies in to swat a ball away from Bridgeport receiver Dylan Garrison during the Eagles win Friday.

  • 2B WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Saturday, September 27, 2014

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    An Air Evac Lifeteam

    helicopter touched down on

    Deacturs fi eld to

    deliver the game ball for Friday nights

    Big Sandy football game.

    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER Buy reprints at THE FIELD A host of Bridgeport Bulls show their school spirit and hold aloft their food drive trophy. Bridgeport collected more than 10,000 pounds of canned goods for WARM.

    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER Buy reprints at PRIDE Three Decatur students, (from left) Jennifer Shaffer, Kendal Martin and Asten Higgins, painted their faces supporting their team during Friday nights Big Sandy showdown.

    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER Buy reprints at AVENGERS A couple of Decatur High School trumpet players wore silver masks as they played Friday night.

    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER Buy reprints at TALL Bridgeport sophomore Kellen McCauley holds his schools fl ag high as he marches down the sideline during the Big Sandy rivalry game.

  • WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Saturday, September 27, 2014 3B


    Early in their running careers, each Boyd cross country race became a personal duel be-tween Aaron and Cameron Hammett.

    Before, when it was just us, it was a compe-tition, Aaron admits. Our parents would say, If you beat him, you dont have to do dishes. But now, its just about beating everyone else.

    Helped powered by the Hammett twins along with fellow senior Marco Martinez, the Yellowjackets are outrunning their share of the competition. The Yellowjackets have fi n-ished runnerup their past two meets.

    The Boyd squad will run at Jacksboro Sat-urday and next weekend will head to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational.

    Aaron is the older twin by two minutes. While not identical, the two are hard to tell apart.

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