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Published 11:31pm Friday, September 28, 2012

“(Decatur) didn’t execute anything out there,” Godsey said. “They scored on busted plays.”

Hartselle doesn’t have much time to correct those mistakes as they will face No. 2 Muscle Shoals, who defeated Dora 39-6 Friday night. The Trojans have only given up nine points – one touchdown and one field goal – this season.

The loss comes despite a great effort from Deacon Aldridge, who finished 22-for-30 for 202 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He also finished with 22 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Sidney Steele had seven receptions for 96 yards while Blake Slayton had 76 yards rushing on 12 carries with 19 yards receiving.

Aldridge’s 1-yard rushing touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 7:50. Hunter Hammack added the extra point to make it 7-0.

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However, that’s when Decatur’s Hayes took the kickoff at his own 18-yard line and raced to the end zone untouched. McKelvy Douthit knotted the game with his extra point.

Hartselle then drove 71 yards on their next drive. Aldridge threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Zane Hamlett to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Decatur put together a good drive of its own late in the first half, using a controlled passing game and the wildcat featuring Priceville transfer Harold Blades. Williams capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown, tying the game at 14-14 with 2:40 left in the second quarter.

Neither team could do much until early in the fourth quarter. Hartselle drove to the Decatur 20-yard line and faced a fourth down. The Tigers elected to try a 37-yard field goal, but the Red Raiders blocked the kick and returned it to the Decatur 39.

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