GAC made it two wins in a row after four losses with a 35-18
victory at Decatur on Friday night.
The game turned
late in the first quarter when GAC, leading just 7-6, stopped Decatur
on fourth down and less than a yard at the 8. The Spartans drove the
length of field and then added another touchdown just before halftime
for a 20-6 edge.
widened its lead, driving 62 yards after the second-half kickoff.
Chapple teamed with Horton for a 33-yard completion, setting up
Atwater's 14-yard TD run with 9:15 left in the third quarter. Guy Cutright | Gwinnett Daily Post | 10/10/2008
more details at the link or in the continuation Decatur has only one regular season win, over Cross Keys.
Attendance by DHS fans was poor. It was a beautiful night for a football game, weather wise.
The 1967 Decatur/Avondale football game made AJC's list of the top ten most anticipated football games in Georgia high school history:
5: Avondale at Decatur, 1967 — Both were 8-0, but in
those days, only the region champion qualified for the state playoffs.
People were photographed watching the game on telephone poles at
Decatur Stadium. Decatur’s Dennis Chadwick (brother of Alan Chadwick)
and Avondale’s Charlie Dudish were the state’s best quarterbacks.
Decatur won 24-14 and jumped Columbus to take the No. 1 ranking in
Class AAA. The aftermath — Decatur lost to Columbus 6-0 in the semifinals.
There were four Chadwick brothers. inDECATUR has featured Walter, who lives just east of Decatur, before.
The biggest game when this old blogger was at DHS was Decatur's 7-6 win at Avondale in a drenching rain in a region final on 11/09/1962. Avondale was quite a AAA powerhouse under Calvin Ramsey, neighboring city rivalry was strong, and it was always big when we beat them.
The Wolves hatched their worst half in years - two fumbles
and no first downs with 9 minutes left in the second quarter and only a
3-0 lead against a team they had beaten eight consecutive times, never
failing to score fewer than 40 points.
Decatur’s short-lived upset bid - Buford won 31-0 - perhaps showed just how remarkable the decade of the Wolves has been.
They’re 114-6 since 2000. The best won-lost record for a full decade is Valdosta’s 125-10 run in the 1980s.
Buford’s emergence as a state power arrived in 1996 with Dexter
Wood, who played under Bear Bryant. Simpson, who played for Wood at
Marietta High and then for Pat Dye at Auburn, was a long-time Wood
assistant who took over in 2004, just as Buford was setting a state
record with 47 consecutive victories.
Simpson actually has a better winning percentage - he’s 43-2 - than his mentor.
Some say Buford benefits from allowing a limited number of
tuition-paying students, who don’t live in the district, to attend. But
Decatur has that policy, too.
Decatur High's biggest problem is it can't hold onto a good coach. When we do find one, he soon gets an offer from a bigger school.Price Jones [promoted from being an assistant] is our third head coach in three years. He may yet prove to be a good HC, but he's not getting off to a good start.
The crowds on both sides were considerably smaller than for the grand opening game last week.
In an image there, you can see about 50- 75 people taking advantage of the free seating on the wall behind the visitor's stands. Another 25 or so were watching from the fence on Commerce.If you can't afford $7 for a ticket [or have higher priorities for your money, like beer and cigs], come join them at future games. The view is good.
It's all conference games from here on out, with only three home games left, on 10/3, 10/10, and 10/31.
The Robert Woodruff Physical Activities Building [at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia] features modern athletic facilities for students, faculty and staff and includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and diving facility, a basketball court and weight room. The athletics department offices are also housed here.
Located just beyond the Woodruff Building are the Gellerstedt Track and Field and the Byers Tennis Courts.
The tennis courts are open to the public when the students are not using them. You can usually find a court. They have good surfaces, but are not lighted.
This week's eLife Magazine features a great video with Athletic Director Carter Wilson expressing the impact of Decatur's new sports facilities, plans for a "Hall of Recognition," the need for continued support of the programs, and Friday's Spiritfest pep rally and game.