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South Decatur running game too much for Edinburgh

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The South Decatur football team keeps it pretty simple. Line up toe-to-toe, block up front and run the ball.

In scoring six rushing touchdowns, the host Cougars defeated visiting Edinburgh 38-14 on Friday.

Junior running back Damen Martin, the workhorse of the Cougars, scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to give South Decatur 18-7 advantage.

“We ran our offense extremely well,” South Decatur coach Rodney Martin said. “Our kids blocked really well. They made some adjustments, but we were able to adjust back. We’re foot-to-foot out there (line), and we just try to get more people to the point of attack than they have.

“If you can get it to work, it works like a charm. It’s a good win for us.”

Edinburgh’s defense denied the Cougars offense on their first series of plays. But the second time around, South Decatur methodically kept the ball on the ground and when needed, went to the air.

The result: a 10-play, 74-yard drive that took only 4:12 off the clock on a one-yard plunge by Damen Martin, giving the Cougars a 6-0 lead.

Edinburgh responded in kind, driving 60 yards in seven plays, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Bobby Simpson to senior Dakota Dayton. Kevin Johnson’s point after gave Edinburgh a brief 7-6 advantage.

The Cougars stayed with their possession game, as Martin found the endzone two more times, each on 1-yard runs.

South Decatur (2-2), celebrating homecoming night, gave its fans even more to celebrate early in the third quarter.

Junior wingback Brayden Helms took it in from the one yard line to complete a 10-play, 60-yard drive to give the Cougars a 26-7 lead.

While the running game kept South Decatur out in front, senior quarterback Chris Johannigman was equally impressive. He completed 13 of 21 for 204 yards with one interception.

His top receiver, senior Chris Meadows, pulled down five catches for 99 yards.

And on the ground, Martin had 123 yards rushing on 18 carries. Junior Randall Canady ran for 49 yards on 11 carries and Helms added 48 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Edinburgh added a touchdown with 8:11 left in the game on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Simpson to Johnson.

Although the passing game

produced two Edinburgh scores, Lancers coach Bill Unsworth, who returned to the sidelines after undergoing neck surgery, said the defensive line was undermanned.

“We were outmatched on the front line,” Unsworth said. “They were bigger and kind of manhandled us so that was one of the things that really hurt us.”

The Lancers had 232 yards of total offense compared to South Decatur’s 422 yards.

The Lancers were held to 59 rushing yards while the Cougars rolled up 218 yards.

Edinburgh (2-2) will be on the road Friday when it meets Tindley in a game to be played at Arlington High School.

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