On the offensive side of the ball Decatur brings back junior QB Tim Metts who was the District 8-3A newcomer of the year in 2007. Metts started slow but by season's end had progressed in a big way throwing for over 2300 yards and 22 touchdowns. His favorite target is WR Chad Harrison a returning first team all 8-3A performer with 7 touchdown catches. Matthew Huddleston, Chance Gasperson and Justin Tompkins will all share the load in the ground game. The main question for the Decatur offense revolves around the offensive line which was a problem area in 2007, DHS has decent size upfront but no real experience returning.
On defense Decatur returns four starters, led by a very good crop of linebackers. The top returner is Reece Madden who had 101 tackles and earned first team all 8-3A honors. Justin Tompkins who missed all of 2007 will also be expected to play a large role on defense. The secondary is led by Kole Fuller who was also first team all 8-3A. The defensive line is anchored by junior Nick Martinez who started for the Eagles as a sophomore. DHS has a lack of depth along with a lack of athleticism which will be a cause for concern.
Overall, on paper Decatur has the raw material to be improved however that may not be the case on the field as the Eagles have a tough non-district slate in addition to a tough district. 5-3A will be a hornet's nest with traditional power Vernon along with an ever improving Burkburnett bunch. Iowa Park and Bridgeport will also be strong as well, and Wichita Falls Hirschi with their speed will also be a tough matchup.