— By BRIAN SMITH
DECATUR — In the eyes of Springtown Coach Brad Turner, it’s time for his “good football team” to show itself.
The Porcupines showed signs of doing that Friday night but three turnovers and being in the red zone five times without scoring would prove the death knell in a 35-28 loss to the host Eagles Friday night.
Springtown quarterback Landry Turner was intercepted twice inside the Eagle 20 (three for the game) with Pojo missing a 31-yard field goal and being turned away twice on fourth down deep in Decatur territory.
“Having five trips inside the red zone and don’t score. That just can’t happen,” Turner said. “We didn’t play good defense, but yet we’re in the game throughout. We have a good football team here. It’s time for us to bring it out.”
Springtown, which has scored 69 points in both of its losses to open the 2013 campaign, surrendered 513 yards to Decatur (1-1), more than half of those coming from the legs of senior quarterback Grayson Muehlstein, who ran for three scores and threw for another.
Springtown put up 519 yards of offense, Turner throwing for 371 yards on 39-59 passing and touchdown tosses to Caleb Whiteman, Dylan Ray and Ryan Hester. Tied at 7, the Porcupine defense forced a fumble and took over at the Eagle 35, scoring five plays later on the scoring toss t Ray to take a 14-7 lead midway through the first.
It would prove to be the last lead of the evening for the visitors, who tied the game at 14 on the ensuing drive and then watched Muehlstein’s 85-yard scoring run give Decatur the lead for good late in the first.
The Eagles took a 28-14 lead into the lockerroom but Springtown forced a pair of turnovers in the third: a Josh White fumble recovery and a Ray interception but unfortunately came away empty both times.
The squads traded touchdowns in the second half, running back Ryan Snow scoring from 2 yards out with less than three minutes remaining but it was too little too late.
Springtown becomes the last Parker Cunty team to have its home opener Friday, hosting Trimble Tech in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Decatur 35, Springtown 28
SHS 14 0 7 7 — 28
DHS 20 8 0 7 — 35
DHS — Grayson Muehlstein 73 run (Clark Allen kick)
SHS — Caleb Whiteman 24 pass from Landry Turner (Mateo Herrera kick)
SHS — Dylan Ray 23 pass from Turner (Herrera kick)
DHS — Justin Myers 10 run (Allen kick)
DHS — Muehlstein 85 run (kick fail)
DHS — Gage Frank 9 pass from Muehlstein (Muehlstein run)
SHS — Ryan Hester 6 pass from Turner (Herrera kick)
DHS — Muehlstein 6 run (Allen kick)
SHS — Ryan Snow 2 run (Herrera kick)
Team Stats: SHS DHS
First downs 28 25
Total yards 519 513
Rushes-yards 38-148 47-356
Passing yards 371 157
Comp-att-int 38-59-3 8-15-1
Punts-average 4-43.8 4-39.8
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 8-49 5-49
Rushing: SHS — Snow 26-96, Turner 8-26, Reynoso 1-22; DHS — Muehlstein 21-258, Martinez 12-20, Rust 10-51.
Passing: SHS — Turner 38-59-3, 371; DHS — Muehlstein 7-14-1, 132.
Receiving: SHS — Herrera 12-104, Ray 7-96, Whiteman 8-95, Snow 8-48, Hester 2-17; DHS — Frank 4-86, Givens 3-56.