South Decatur recovered a fumble on its first defensive play of the game and cashed it in on its first offensive play to quickly set the tone in Friday evening’s 55-13 thrashing of Cambridge City Lincoln.
Following a short kickoff return, the Golden Eagles’ Kyler Baker coughed up the football after a shaky handoff, and the Cougars’ Jordan Orton was there to pounce on it.
Orton then took the snap as South Decatur’s quarterback and gave it to senior powerback Randall Canady, who ran over a tandem of defenders en route to a 24-yard scoring jaunt.
Senior Brayden Helms followed with the conversion run, and the rest was icing on the cake as the Cougars went on to score seven more times and rack up more than 300 yards on offense.
“We’ve got a lot of new faces playing with very little experience, so I am pleased,” Cougars coach Rod Martin said. “Orton did a great job tonight at quarterback after playing receiver last year, and our experienced players came through. But we also have four new offensive linemen, and I thought they did very well because you can’t put 55 points on the scoreboard without a good offensive line.”
South’s defense was perhaps even more impressive as it was consistently invading Cambridge City’s offensive backfield to register numerous sacks and tackles for loss. The Cougars limited the guests to just 56 total yards of offense in the first half and less than 150 for the entire game.
Senior linebacker Damen Martin led the domination against the Eagles, registering a variety of tackles, sacks and pressures. Helms also made his presence felt with big plays, especially in the first quarter where, during one series, he registered a pair of tackles for loss and immediately followed with an interception downfield.
The Golden Eagles’ lone big play against the South Decatur starters came in the waning seconds of the first quarter when senior quarterback Ben Singer broke loose from a gang of tacklers to race 59 yards to the end zone.
The hosts held a 20-point by that time and added a pair of scores in the second quarter to take a commanding 34-6 halftime lead. The lead grew to 49-6 before both reserve teams exchanged long-scoring plays.
Canady finished with a big night on the ground for the Cougars, eclipsing the century mark with 136 yards.