The Decatur County Nightmares are a squad assembled from students who attend classes at all local schools and several who hail from as far away as Batesville and the outskirts of Bartholomew County. Many never knew one another prior to putting on their helmets, but the groups, divided into “A,” “B” and “C” squads (based on grade level) quickly became fast friends and dedicated teammates.
They took on young squads from Brown County, Bartholomew County, North Decatur Elementary School, Indian Creek and others, and wound up defeating them all largely on the strength of a smash-mouth running game.
Fullback Sierra Lang, 13, was the short-yardage specialist and the go-to player when the team most needed a first down. Isaiah Myer’s speed made the combination of the two runners a particularly deadly one that secured many a victory for the A-team. Myer, who is also an accurate place kicker, said it takes heart and desire to be a part of the Nightmares squad.
Teammate Clinton Lorenz, a 6’3, 220-pound center and nose tackle helped block the line for the team’s dynamic running duo, while standout tight end Breanna Hadley was a constant threat in the team’s passing game and made the catch that sealed the team’s championship victory earlier this month.
Coach Ralph emphasized that all of his players get on the field in every game and the team wins and loses as just that: a team.
“With Nightmare Football, we’re more like a family,” Ralph told the Daily News at a team banquet at Parkside Lanes Saturday afternoon.
To further illustrate that point, youth footballers from all three squads gathered at the team’s taco bar Saturday regardless of their records. The championship “A” squad bowled and snacked with members of the winless “B” team. Former ‘Nightmares’ came along too, showing support for their friends who proudly don the team’s black jerseys today.