THE STREAK ENDS
Hartselle can’t overcome second-half miscues as Decatur stops Tiger win streak at 19
Decatur’s Josh Matthews scored a 14-yard touchdown with 7:26 remaining to lift the Red Raiders over No. 1 Hartselle 21-14, ending the Tigers’ school-best 19-game winning streak.
The Tigers (4-1, 3-0) had one last opportunity to score when they got the ball back at their own 4-yard line with 3:11 to play. Deacon Aldridge led the team down to the Decatur 31 with 10 seconds left, but his fourth-and-1 pass to Tanner Oakes was incomplete, sealing the first regular season loss since the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-2) won 20-14 in 2010.
Head coach Bob Godsey said the loss was disappointing, but it’s not the end of the season.
“The sun will come up tomorrow,” Godsey said. “It’s not the end of the world. This was a non-region game.
“This loss will make us a better team if we learn from our mistakes.”
The mistakes that Godsey was talking about resulted in two scores. The Tigers gave up an 82-yard kickoff return by Tae Hayes for a touchdown, tying the score 7-7 in the first quarter.
Then, on the go ahead drive, two busted plays kept the Red Raiders’ drive alive. On third-and-17, Decatur quarterback Jackson Fite scrambled for a 32-yard gain. A couple of plays later, Matthews picked up a fumbled snap for a big gain, setting up his touchdown run.