Lightning steps in with Decatur on top of Stephenville

Mia Nelson, mother of young cancer patient Luke Nelson, was among the family representing her son, the recipient of the school and community-wide Heart of Gold fundraiser in Stephenville. || Photo courtesy CHET MARTIN


STEPHENVILLE (September 16, 2016) — There was lightning from both offenses, then lightning brought an early end to a non-district battle between Decatur and Stephenville Friday night.

Stephenville scored to cut a Decatur lead to 61-35 with eight minutes remaining, and moments later a lightning detector sounded from atop the Memorial Stadium press box, and both coaches and stadium officials quickly agreed to halt the affair with eight minutes remaining.

Decatur was out for revenge from the start after Stephenville ended each of its last two seasons, beating the Eagles in four overtimes in 2014 and soundly in 2015, both in the bi-district round of the Region I-4A Division II playoffs.

Quarterback Wilson Hicks tossed eight touchdowns, including five to five different receivers in the opening half, which ended with Decatur on top, 34-14.

Easton Jones hooked up with Conner Schmutz for three touchdowns for Stephenville, the first a highlight-reel grab by Schmutz, who leaped and hauled in the pass between two Decatur defenders.

Krece Nowak rushed for 163 yards and scored a touchdown for Stephenville, which is 0-4 for the first time since the 1980s.

Stephenville will celebrate homecoming next week against Graham.

Photos courtesy Dr. CHET MARTIN

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