TRINITY — Rumbling down the sideline, big Blake Lipscomb pushed a Decatur Heritage defender to the ground, clearing his way to the end zone.
A brief celebration ensued. And why not? The R.A. Hubbard High junior had just put the finishing touch on his best performance of the season.
Lipscomb powered his way to an important fourth-quarter touchdown, and then added another a few plays later on a 32-yard interception return, sending R.A. Hubbard past Decatur Heritage 32-14 Thursday.
The win gives R.A. Hubbard (6-3) its 30th postseason berth in the past 31 years.
“That was definitely my best game of the year,” Lipscomb said. “When the game is on the line, I want the ball. … I want to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”
Lipscomb and star tailback John Owens lived up to that mantra. The R.A. Hubbard running back tandem combined for 220 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
R.A. Hubbard needed every yard, too. Four turnovers and some big plays in Decatur Heritage’s passing game had the Eagles (4-5) eyeing an upset late in the second half.
Decatur Heritage quarterback Jordan Holland finished with 201 yards 10 of 23 passing. Holland threw a 16-yard touchdown to Jacob Crews late in the second quarter, and he tied the game at 14 with a touchdown pass to Ben Waters as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Lee Godwin led Decatur Heritage’s receivers with five catches for 97 yards.
“We knew what to expect from (Decatur Heritage),” R.A. Hubbard coach Nicholas Vinson said. “We had watched them on film, so we knew they had some guys who could make plays. It comes down to us making too many mistakes, but we made some adjustments in the locker room at halftime.”
The primary adjustment: Feed the running game.
Behind the legs of Owens, Lipscomb and quarterback Darrian Almon, R.A. Hubbard scored 18 unanswered points to pull away.
Lipscomb finished with 81 yards on nine carries, with 40 of those coming in the fourth quarter. His 14-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gave R.A. Hubbard a 26-14 lead, crushing any momentum Decatur Heritage had gained.
Owens ran for 139 yards and a score on 19 carries, while Almon had two touchdowns on 68 yards.
“In the first half, we didn’t play to the way we’re capable,” Owens said. “But I knew we’d get it straightened out. But we just kept believing and stuck with it. I knew we were going to make some plays and get this win.”
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