FORNEY — Looks like we're headed for a "District of Doom" showdown.
Andrew Black accounted for five touchdowns and Chapel Hill's defense forced six turn-overs to spearhead the Bulldogs' 55-40 win against Decatur in the Class 3A Division I regional playoffs Friday night at City Bank Stadium.
Chapel Hill (9-4) advances to meet District 16-3A champion and second-ranked Kilgore (12-0) in the state quarterfinals, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Decatur completed its season 9-4.
Black passed for four touchdowns and ran for another while finishing with 23 carries for 124 yards and passing for 322 yards. The senior ended the first half with three touchdowns and the second half with two more as Chapel Hill pulled away in the fourth.
Decatur quarterback Grayson Muehlstein, a TCU pledge, accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, one rushing, one receiving) while finishing the night with 357 yards and four interceptions, the last leading to a 90-yard return for a touchdown by Bulldogs defensive back Sammy Guzman late in the fourth.
Chapel Hill took a 28-20 lead into the break thanks to three touchdowns from Black, who passed for two (27 and 44 yards) and ran for another (9 yards).
Muehlstein also finished with two TDs passing (11 and 22 yards) and one rushing (85 yards) to help the Eagles rally from 14-0 down and score 20 points in the second quarter.
Black's first TD capped a seven-play drive that spanned 59 yards and followed a drive in which the Bulldogs moved the ball to the Eagles' 21 in 10 plays before fumbling. The score put Chapel Hill ahead 7-0 with 4:19 left in the first quarter and was followed by Jeffery Minor's 20-yard TD around the left end to extend the lead to 14-0 with 20 seconds to go.
But Decatur answered quickly in the second quarter, methodically moving the ball 78 yards and getting an 11-yard TD pass from Muehlstein to Lowe to get on the board with 9:27 showing. And after Black stretched the Bulldogs' lead back to 14 points, Muehlstein put his speed on full display by outrunning the secondary 85 yards with 3:14 left in the half.
From that point, the teams traded touchdowns (two each) as Lowe caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Muehlstein to make it an eight-point game with 52 second to go before the break.
Class 3A Division I Regional Playoff
Chapel Hill 55, Decatur 40
At City Bank Stadium, Forney
Decatur 0 20 6 14 -- 40
Chapel Hill 14 14 7 20 -- 55
CH — Blake Mayfield 27 pass from Andrew Black (Johnny Bonilla kick), 4:19
CH — Jeffery Minor 20 run (Bonilla kick), :20
DEC — Cain Lowe 11 pass from Grayson Muehlstein (Eddie Martinez kick), 9:27
CH — Black 9 run (Bonilla kick), 3:35
DEC — Muehlstein 85 run (Martinez kick), 3:14
CH — Mayfield 44 pass from Black (Bonilla kick), 2:15
DEC — Lowe 22 pass from Muehlstein (kick failed), :52
DEC — Muehlstein 39 pass from Lowe (run failed), 4:11
CH — Minor 52 pass from Black (Bonilla kick), :50
CH — Lex Heckel 26 pass from Black (pass failed), 9:46
DEC — Gage Frank fumble recovery (Martinez kick), 6:17
CH — Wesley Thompson 24 run (Bonilla kick), 3:27
CH — Sammy Guzman 90 interception return (Bonilla kick), 2:13
DEC — Christian Carrillo 62 pass from Muehlstein (Martinez kick), 1:33