TRINITY — The Woodville football team could not spoil perfection for Decatur Heritage.
The No. 6-ranked Eagles closed out their first undefeated regular season with a 39-14 victory over Woodville Thursday night at West Morgan High School in Trinity.
Decatur Heritage (10-0, 7-0) capped off a perfect run through Class 1A Region 7 with the victory. Meanwhile, the loss did not affect Woodville’s did not affect its playoff position. The Panthers are in the Class 1A playoffs as the region’s No. 4 seed and will play at No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Mars Hill Bible in Florence on Nov. 8. Decatur Heritage will host Hackleburg or Vinan in Round 1.
Decatur Heritage, which improved to 7-0 all-time against Woodville, held a 7-0 lead after one quarter and was in front 20-0 when Woodville’s Jackson Peek scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Carlos Torres kicked the first of his two PATs just before halftime.
Woodville head coach Jay Powell felt like the Panthers had a chance to make a game of its in the second half, but some mistakes and “overall bad play” over the final two quarters doomed the Panthers.
“We kind of had some self-inflicted mistakes, but Decatur Heritage made us makes some mistakes, too. They’re 10-0 for a reason,” Powell said. “We’ve got to get back up and get ready to bring our best game next week (at Section). It’s a rivalry game. I think our kids will.”
Decatur Heritage outscored the Panthers 19-0 in the third quarter to push its lead to 39-7 entering the fourth.
Zach Thompson closed the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Peek led Woodville (4-5, 3-3) with 55 rushing yards on 18 carries while Thompson closed with 48 yards on nine carries and Da’vion Johnson had 37 yards on 10 carries. Peek was 2-of-6 passing for 46 yards, with Johnson making both catches.
Defensively, Torres recorded eight tackles for the Panthers while Peek had five tackles and Thompson and Josh Thompson had four each.
The Panthers close the regular season next Friday against Jackson County rival Section.