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1 more football win for Decatur
Red Raiders beat Florence in end to spring drills

By Brooke Milam
DAILY Sports Writer

bmilam@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

FLORENCE — Decatur High's football team will make the move to Class 5A next season. But they officially left Class 6A in style Thursday night with a sound win over former Region 8 foe Florence in a spring game.

Although points weren't recorded on the scoreboard, Decatur's four touchdowns outmatched Florence's lone score that came late in the game. In a wrapup to spring training, the Red Raiders totaled a 27-6 win.

Pleased with his team's performance overall, Decatur coach Jere Adcock said he also saw clear areas for improvement.

Adcock's overall spring grade for his squad?

"Somewhere between B- and a C+," he said. "The two things I'm most interested in for the spring are us being fundamentally sound and us being physical. We weren't as physical this spring as we should've been, and I'll take some of the credit for that. I might not have forced us to be. I was disappointed in the way we tackled."

Coming off a 10-2 season and a region championship, Adcock said his team is on track for another steady year.

"The one thing I'm most pleased in over everything else is that I feel like, personnel-wise, there's only a few that we need to move positions. I think we're at a good starting point — a better starting point and a better plan than what we had last year."

On its second series of the game, the Red Raiders put together a 79-yard march downfield, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Irvin. Irvin later broke loose a 79-yard touchdown run for Decatur's second score.

Michael Foster's 80-yard touchdown catch from Joe Lothspeich was Decatur's third touchdown, and Michael Schuster added two extra points before halftime.

Riley Adcock and Graham Spencer took snaps at quarterback for the Red Raiders in the second half.

The second team put points on the board in the final minutes when Chris Coffey rushed for a 17-yard score. Parker Moore's extra point capped the win.

Florence's second team put up six points in the second half.

Justin Haley and Demarcus Orr both came up with interceptions for the Decatur defense, and Adcock said he has seen a good example for his defense to follow this spring.

"I like the aggressiveness that Daniel Crampsey is playing with," Adcock said. "I really like what I've seen out of him this spring. I like his attitude and I like how fast he's trying to play the game."

Looking at both the positives and the negatives, Decatur came out with a win to cap its spring training.

"We're not a good football team yet, but we can be. We saw some of the stuff we are looking for," Adcock said. "Overall, it was a productive spring."

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