Aledo launched a “new” weapon from its ever-deepening arsenal on the Scots last week. Moving over to the “glory-side” of the ball after playing defense last season, fullback/running back/the-guy-by-the-quarterback Daythan Davis big-bodied his way to 110 yards on 17 carries, while scoring three touchdowns. The scores were not just three yards and a cloud of turf pellets either, with jaunts of 5, 21 and 11 yards into the end zone.
With its wealth of skilled players, Davis presents another dimension in the broad scope of Aledo’s offense, even just within the running game itself.
Springtown at Decatur
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Eagle Stadium
S. College Ave. at E Carpenter St. — Decatur
Last year: Springtown 37, Decatur 30
Decatur Eagles (0-1)
Last season: 4-6 overall, 1-3 in District 9-3A
Last week: Lost to Trinity Christian, 49-13.
Players to watch: QB Grayson Muehlstein (6-4, 205, 4.4); FS Carsen Medlin (5-10, 160, 4.6); OL Dakota Williams (6-0, 260, 5.2).
Springtown Porcupines (0-1)
Last season: 6-5 overall, 4-1 in District 6-3A
Class 3A, Div. II, bi-district finalist.
Last week: Lost to Liberty Christian, 44-41
Players to watch: LB Kolyn Waldrop (6-1, 225, 4.7), WR Ryan Hester (6-0, 190, 4.8), DB Collin Rector (5-7, 160, 4.7), RB Ryan Snow (6-1, 170, 4.6), WR Dillon Springfield (6-1, 160, 4.4), QB Landry Turner (5-10, 165), WR Dylan Ray (5-11, 160, 4.8).
Game notes: Decatur probably ranks near the top in what many would consider a dubious category at the varsity level. Returning just five (total) starters from last year’s (4-6 overall) squad, the Eagles will look for an extra boost of emotion as they host Springtown on Friday, still smarting from a whippin’ by Addison’s Trinity Christian Academy.
Add to the mix the growing suspicion that Springtown and Decatur do not particularly care much for each other, and you may have another rivalry brewing. Especially if the teams decide to keep scheduling each other for a non-district match, or if the UIL decides they belong in a district together with the next reclassification/realignment. It is almost a surety both will wind up in Class 4A’s Division I.