After a productive summer and good start to the school year our Bulldogs were able to show off their hard work with a 21-20 victory in their scrimmage against KIPP Atlanta.
The offense showed glimpses of explosive play, but struggled with execution, which led to missed opportunities. Led by senior QB James Swank (11 of 18 for 140 yards and 2 carries for 20 yards) the offense was able to move the ball at will around the field. After getting into a rhythm early in the third quarter the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard and remained in the lead until the end of the game. Marshall Toole was offensive MVP with 5 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Other offensive standouts were Chapman Smith (6 carries for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns), Mekhi Lloyd (3 catches for 62 yards), Nahshon Smith (4 carries for 80 yards), and Harrison Hannah added a 45-yard touchdown pass.
The defense played tough not allowing KIPP to move the ball much on the ground. We allowed 2 deep passes which accounted for two of KIPPs scores. Nahshon Smith was Defensive MVP by leading the Defense in tackles (3 solo, 3 asst., 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble) and showing relentless effort getting to the ball all night. Jacob Rachell added an interception.
Special Teams were not live, but Kriston Esnard and Miles Havard were named special teams MVP for their play. Sean Cohen won the Dawg Award for relentless effort and constant dedication to help the team any way he can. In the 4th quarter we were able to play our JV players and saw a lot of potential for the future of the program.
Decatur Bulldogs are looking forward to getting better this week in practice by improving offensive efficiency by minimizing mental bust and penalties. The defense focus will be on minimizing the big play. Decatur will have their first game at Home this Friday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m. against Lakeside.