Key injury hurts DA chances against Coosa Valley
A key injury to Andy Lowe and a lack of depth stopped the Demopolis Academy Generals football team from holding a 20-7 third quarter lead.
If heart and determination was all that was needed the Generals would have won, but the Coosa Valley Rebels were able to come back in the second half for a 27-20 final score.
Coming off a tough season opening loss to Marengo Academy, DA regrouped and came out Friday in Harpersville, Alabama with a purpose.
The defense held Coosa Valley to one touchdown until the fourth quarter, but were not able to hold them out of the end zone at the end of the game.
Lowe, the Generals’ stalwart player on offense and defense, suffered what appeared to be a wrist injury
in the third quarter and was taken away for X-rays.
It looked good in the first half. Lowe scored the first touchdown of the game with 3:31 left in the first quarter. A two-point conversion, however, was no good, and the score was DA 6-CV 0.
The Rebels came back with a TD pass with 1:45 left in the first quarter. The PAT was good, and Coosa Valley had a one point lead, 7-6.
A 49-yard interception return for a TD by Joe Magro got the Generals back on top with 32 seconds left in the second quarter. The PAT was good, and the score was DA 13-CV 7.
In the third quarter, DA scored on a touchdown pass, and the PAT was good. With the score DA 20-CV 7, injuries to Lowe and also quarterback Kevin May began to take the air out of the Generals.
Coosa Valley scored with 11:29 left in the fourth quarter and 8:43 left in the game. The first Rebel PAT was good, but the second PAT of the final quarter was blocked.
That block and a roughing the kicker penalty in the quarter were big breaks for the Generals that they could not capitalize on.
In addition, an interception by Coosa Valley also halted one DA drive in the fourth quarter.
Both teams fumbled to each other in the final quarter.
Coosa Valley scored the winning touchdown with 2:58 left in the game. The PAT was good, and the final score was Coosa Valley 27-DA 20.
The Generals travel Friday to Marion Military Institute.