Fennville quarterback Mitchell Leonard tries to regain his grip on the ball on a rainy night against Decatur.

Decatur stymies Fennville offense as Blackhawks fall

Walt Kaechele

The weather conditions were horrible for the Friday, Sept. 5, match-up between host Fennville (1-1) and Decatur (2-0). Wind, rain and lightning delayed the game for an hour shortly after the start of the first quarter, but neither, wind nor rain could dampen the Raiders as they slogged through for a 33-0 win.
The game was a contrast in styles as the Raiders moved the ball along the ground and Fennville went to the air to compensate for a lack of rushing.
Decatur coach Joe Groh said, “We are a senior dominated team and especially our line. Those guys act like coaches out there on the field so they can make adjustments. We knew they were going to throw the ball and we jumped all over their little bubble screens.”
Indeed the Blackhawks did have a problem throwing the ball. The slippery ball and a tough defense made for a long night for Fennville quarterback Mitchell Leonard who was 9 of 31 attempts for 89 yards and four interceptions.
“Their corners came up tough and took away the short screens, but we had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on early in the game,” Fennville coach Brian Sackett said. “We dropped a few snaps and didn’t quite execute as well as we should have when we had the chance, but we’ll bounce back.”

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