‘Decatur needs a new legacy’

Decatur football team ready to bounce back from disappointing opening game

August 24, 2017

The stadium erupts. Students jump, scream and chant. The Bulldogs reset on the five-yard line with a touchdown in sight. The crowd grows silent as the ball is hiked, anticipation growing with every second. Then, frustration pours from the spectators and players. Fumble. McIntosh High School revs up for another offensive drive.

Molly Weston
The student section is a coveted tradition at DHS. Seniors fill the first rows and lead the school in chants and spirit.

When the fourth quarter ended with the final buzzer, Decatur was far from satisfied. From the dim lights of the score board, Decatur’s defeat was illuminated. 28-3. The Bulldogs trudged off the field.

On Aug. 18, DHS played their first official game at home. On Aug. 11, Decatur beat Druid Hills at home in a preseason scrimmage, but their game against McIntosh kicked off their 2017 season.

For senior Captain Jake Broom, the first half of the game wasn’t close to how the Bulldogs can play.

Jake Broom plays linebacker and is the leader of the defensive line for the Bulldogs. This is his fourth year on varsity.

“It just wasn’t going our way,” Broom said. “We had way too many turnovers and weren’t making the right blocks to get our offense going.”

Broom was offered a scholarship from the Air Force Academy this June. In his opinion, the team’s determination completely turned around in the second half.

“We kept fighting and never gave up,” he said. “We were able to hold them scoreless for the rest of the game.”

That little victory has Captain Kaden Spann ready to make the most of his senior year.

Senior Kaden Spann stands on the line. Moments before he yelled, “Come on Bulldogs, we’re better than this!”

“Decatur football is ready for a new legacy,” he said. “That’s the mark I want to leave on this team.”

Broom though is more focused on the micro picture.

“Moving forward we just have to keep working every day in practice,” he said. “We have to get our plays running for efficiently and limit simple mistakes.”

Regardless of the results from the game on Aug. 18, the team is ready to face Chamblee High School this Friday, Aug. 25.

Contact the writer, Molly Weston, at 18mollyweston@csdecatur.net.

Photos by Molly Weston.

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