DECATUR-- Lithia Springs had a hard time with Decatur on the road during the Bulldogs homecoming and Region 6-AAAAA game on Friday.
Decatur picked up a 23-7 win.
The scoring ended for both teams with a 22-yard touchdown run from Decatur’s Marcus Hood with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Lithia Springs threaten to score late in the third quarter after a Bryquice Brown interceptions but were unable to create any points. Brown’s interception also stopped some potential points from Decatur, which had moved the ball to the Lions’ 7-yard line.
At the 9:01 mark, Bulldogs’ Andre Carter made an interception but the team was unable to convert it to points.
Lithia Springs got off to a nice start in the beginning of the game.
On their first possession of the night,William Jones caught a 37 yard pass from Nanakofi Sarpong, putting the Lions at the 11 yard line. Davion Jennings ultimately caught the 13 yard pass that got the Lions their first touchdown in the game.
Decatur won score on its next possessions with a field goal with 5:09 remaining in the opening quarter.
Decatur only needed a warmup it seemed like.
In their last possession of the first quarter, it took three plays for the Bulldogs’ Martize Smith to carry the ball 42 yards to the 1- yard line. Brayton Reed put the score to 9-7 after a touchdown with 1:10 left in the quarter.
Decatur stretched the lead a bit more before halftime.
Antonio Kilgore completed a 16-yard pass from Reed, which landed the Bulldogs at the 6- yard line. Smith made it to the end zone in the next play with 6:55 left in the half as Decature led 16-7.
With the loss, Lithia Springs dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Region 6-AAAAA. The Lions close out the season the next two weeks at home.
Lithia Springs host region leader Carver-Atlanta on Friday.
Decatur (4-4, 3-2) will host Maynard Jackson (5-2, 3-1) on Friday.