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Decatur football prepares for breakout season
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 28, 2013 12:45 PM | 1857 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>From left, Kyle Kitchens (48) gets past Demetrius Harris (42) Wednesday afternoon during practice at Decatur High School.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Kyle Kitchens (48) gets past Demetrius Harris (42) Wednesday afternoon during practice at Decatur High School.
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Decatur has won four to six games each season since 2009, which has prevented the Bulldogs from making the postseason during this time frame. However, with experience returning on both sides of the ball, one of the oldest high schools in Georgia hopes to begin a new tradition with a playoff appearance.

“Our returning kids understand the high expectations that we have as a program and know how to play on Friday nights,” said head coach Scott Jackson.

Offensively, two quarterbacks will vie for time in the starting spot. Senior Vito Antinozzi started for the Bulldogs during his first two seasons with the program but an injury last year prevented him from playing in his junior campaign. His replacement, junior Devontae Carter, was the starter for the first six games in 2012 and rushed for over 1,200 yards but also suffered an injury last season. Both players are healthy and will see time on the field this season.

The offensive line will be led by South Alabama commitment Noah Fisher. The receiving corps will be rebuilt but Decatur benefits from the return of three strong running backs in the backfield; senior Nick Bentley, along with juniors Demetrius Harris and Elijah Rachell.

Senior outside linebacker Kyle Kitchens had a stellar 2012 season and was named to the Georgia Sportswriters All-State second team and All-Region first team. “Kyle is a great player and we have a lot of expectations for him,” said Jackson.

Senior Jarod Greer leads the defensive line while Bentley will see time at linebacker and Rachell serves as a cornerback as well.

“We will have to rely on the strength of our running game and line play on both sides of the ball while our younger guys gain experience,” said Jackson. “We need to focus on one opponent at a time and stay healthy. We have the chance to do well in our region and make the postseason. Our kids are ready for it.”

The Bulldogs begin the season at home on Aug. 30 against Grady.
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