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Decatur tops Hartford in game all about defense
Hartford welcomed Decatur to Indian Territory Friday, September 21 in what would prove to be a stalwart effort by both team’s defensive squads.
Both teams were held scoreless for three quarters as they exchanged possessions. Each got close but could not churn up enough yardages to record a touchdown.
Until the fourth quarter, that is.
A Decatur pass launched from quarterback Payton Hoekstra flew 63 yards for the six-point Raider score in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Decatur downed Hartford 6-0 to give the Indians their first loss on the season.
Hartford quarterback Aaron Sinclair was seven of 11 for 78 yards and one interception.
Moses Beraza picked up 59 yards on 17 carries. Evan Delarosa caught three passes for 28 yards.
Beraza and Evan Parker led Hartford on defense with six tackles apiece.
Hartford, now with a 4-1 record, will celebrate homecoming against White Pigeon at home Friday. Kickoff time is 7:00 p.m.
Coloma’s last ditch effort falls incomplete against undefeated Constantine
QUARTERBACK “SLAM”WICH… Javier Naranjo (left) and James Gideon (right) slam into the Decatur quarterback Friday, as the Indians took on the Raiders. It was a defenders game as Decatur eked out the 6-0 victory and snapped the Indians unbeaten streak. Hartford stands at 4-1 this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
You have to hand it to Coloma: the Comets did not give up during Friday’s road game against a strong, tough, undefeated Constantine team.
The Comets, who fell to 3-2 following the loss, trailed the entire game but gave an all-out effort in what head coach Joe Stephens called a “wild ESPN classic game.”
Constantine opened the game with three straight TD runs before Coloma quarterback Zach Goodline scampered three yards into the end zone for six points. He followed that with a two-point conversion run to get the Comets on the board 21-8.
Constantine scored one in the second quarter to take a 29-8 lead at the half.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with another TD run but Coloma responded in kind. Zack Lake picked up a TD after a five yard run. Caleb Ellis scored the two-point conversion, and the Comets trailed 36-16.
Ellis got the call in the fourth quarter as he ran 10 yards to pick up the sc