Decatur motivated by the bitter end to a great season

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Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) In 20 years as head coach at Decatur, Jere Adcock's teams have missed the playoffs just twice. During that tenure, the Red raiders own 7 region championships and three trips to the quarterfinals. Last season's 28 point loss to eventual state champion Clay-Chalkville was one of those quarterfinal losses and that it's major fuel for Decatur this year.

"Last year being in that third round was just crazy and just to think about going past that is just outstanding," said senior offensive lineman Luke Truitt. The taste of success is breeding a new found confidence in the locker room.

"We had a great season last year but we thought we could have kept progressing. That's one thing we can take from then and get better for now."

The confidence comes from much more than motivation. Decatur returns all five starters on the offensive line as well as several running backs and receivers. The defense does have holes to fill, but that just means a chance for several new players. There's also no underestimating the genius and hunger of head coach Jere Adcock, who wants it more now than ever.

"I study the game about 24-7.  I love the game I study it. I'm always hungry. I figured out the other day it's my 36th Fall as a coach and I'm hungrier right now than I've ever been in my life."