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Is Decatur Ready for Some Football?

DHS faces Holy Innocents in a scrimmage Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

football players faced off against each other Tuesday during football practice.

New head coach Brad Waggoner is preparing the team for a scrimmage game against Holy Innocents at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

The first regular season game will be Aug. 31 againt Grady High at Grady Stadium.

Patch will provide more coverage before the season officially starts. What would you like to know about the football team? Let us know in the comments box below.

Here are some previous stories about the new coach and the team.

Decaturette August 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
One problem is that everyone is on the field! My son used to go to DHS games all the time in middle school. Now most of his friends are on the field as a player, band member, cheerleader, or drill team member. (He plays a different sport.) He says he doesn't have a group of friends to sit with! And no way he's going with his family!
bulldogger August 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Yeah, Ralph, I'll probably go and see if Coach Waggoner can bring some excitement back; however, look at "A Decatur Mom's" comment.....her son who attends DHS won't even go to support the team and I blame that attitude on the administration......they seem to have the attitude that they don't care whether you come or not.....I mean, where is the citywide communications about Decatur's sports activities.....you wouldn't even know there is a football game.
Jim Padgett August 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
There are over 70 kids out on varsity, over 50 out for middle school. There is more kids out than Decatur has ever had out for football. There are actually transfers coming to Decatur and families moving to play football. Bulldogger, I'm sure you are correct about how things have been and I am sure change is needed in some areas, but there is so much excitement around here. The youth league program that was started here practices at the high school 3 nights a week. I was there to pick up my son the other night and there were probably 300 people including players there just for football. The administration better get in line if they aren't there will be a back lash from parents. It's all my son and his friends are talking about. Good luck to all the players.
Grand Poohba August 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I think that football in Decatur has been "de-emphasized" over the years because other team sports and clubs felt they were always second fiddle to football at DHS. Rather than chopping down the popularity of football to appease the other clubs, I think those clubs need to rise up. I am sure Coach Waggoner had a rather direct conversation with the administration prior to his hiring about what it will take to be successful. Having coach accept the position tells me that he got the answers he needed from the administration.
bulldogger August 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Grand Poohba 11:36 am on Thursday, August 16, 2012 I think that football in Decatur has been "de-emphasized" over the years because other team sports and clubs felt they were always second fiddle to football at DHS. Does somebody else pay your bills? Football generates most all of the revenue.....it would behoove the administration to attract as many paying customers to the five home football games as possible. You know, you can only go so far in playing the "Political Correctness" game.......

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