White Pigeon’s defense came up big in the fourth quarter as Decatur looked to regain the lead with a fresh set of downs at the Chiefs’ 6-yard line, but Kyle Black intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the threat.
The Chiefs then chewed up the rest of the clock with a 17-play drive all the way to Decatur’s 1-yard line, securing a playoff spot for the program as White Pigeon moved to 6-2. It is the first time the school has qualified for the postseason since 2009.
Carlos Castro bookended the scoring for the Chiefs with a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 3-yard touchdown run in the third. He finished with 62 yards on 15 carries. Nate Hagen added 34 yards on eight carries. Black completed 2 of 5 passing attempts for 33 yards, and he led the team with seven tackles and two picks.
Decatur 0 8 6 0 — 14
White Pigeon 0 8 8 0 — 16
WP: Carlos Castro 5 run; Castro 2-pt conversion run
D: Jakob Southworth 3 run; Southworth 2-pt conversion run
D: Travis Hunsberger 59 pass from Payton Hoekstra; 2-pt conversion failed
WP: Castro 3 run; Castro 2-pt conversion run
Total Offense: White Pigeon 165; Decatur 184
Turnovers: White Pigeon 1; Decatur 2
Penalties: White Pigeon 6-65; Decatur 2-13
White Pigeon Rushing: Castro 15-62; Hagen 8-34; Anthony Rubio 5-17; Stone Kemp 4-14; Black 4-10
Decatur Rushing: Hastings 5-33; Southworth 11-32; O’Brien 1-11; Spangler 3-9
White Pigeon Passing: Black 2-5-33
Decatur Passing: Hoekstra 4-6-99
White Pigeon Receiving: Dominick Pant 1-30; Castro 1-3
Decatur Receiving: Hunsberger 2-70; Southworth 1-23; Hastings 1-6
White Pigeon Defense: Black 7 tackles, 2 INT; Kobie DeBruine 4 tackles; Hagen 6 tackles; Castro 1 tackle; Mason Aumack 2 tackles (1 for loss); Lincoln Strawser 1 tackles; Rubio 1 tackle; Kemp 1 tackle; Collin Mayville 1 tackle
Photos by Aaron Olson