Tigers pound Holt
For one night in October, the Holt High Ironmen were not in the same league as the Demopolis High Tigers football team.
The only thing that could stop the Tigers from scoring Friday night were their own penalties as they went on to beat Holt 45-0 at Woody Clements Stadium.
It was the sixth straight win for the Tigers and the fifth straight shutout of an opponent.
The DHS defense dominated Holt, holding them to just four first downs in the game. It would take the Ironmen until the end of the first half to finally get a first down.
The DHS offense was also in control, spreading the ball around to a host of players.
The bad news for Holt came at the start of the game. They fumbled the beginning kickoff, and Ezell Braxton recovered. The Tigers moved from the Holt 28-yard-line to the two, but two penalties ultimately forced Devin Goodwin to kick a field goal. With 8:57 left in the first quarter, Demopolis was up by 3.
After going three downs and out, DHS had the ball on the Holt 38-yard-line. Two runs by Rod Jones brought the ball to the one yard line, and Devin Goodwin scored with 6:11 left in the first. Goodwin’s PAT was good, and DHS led by 10.
After Holt couldn’t move the ball again and kicked a poor punt, Demopolis would get the ball on their 40-yard line. Thanks to a fourth down pass to Michael Lee, the Tigers reached the 17-yard-line, but could go no further than the 14 where Goodwin kicked another field goal. DHS led by 13 with 2:01 left in the first quarter.
Holt gave back the ball after three downs, and the Tigers moved down the field with Dustin Gracie scoring on a 37-yard touchdown run with 9:24 left in the second quarter.
However, the PAT was no good, and DHS led 19-0.
The next DHS drive was ended on downs, and after Holt stalled again, a punt return score by Dontrell Miller was called back by a penalty.
With 2:45 left in the second quarter, Holt player Alan Stewart was injured and was taken off the field on a stretcher with a dislocated shoulder. The injury time out lasted some 20 minutes, but the Tigers wasted no time with hard running by Miller and Jacob Smelly and got the ball to the Holt one-yard-line. Smelly would score the TD with 1:05 left in the first half.
The two-point conversion was no good, and the Tigers led 25-0 at halftime.
Holt kicked a squib kick to start the third quarter. Rob Jones brought it to their 39-yard-line. Chad Schroeder reached the 17-yard-line with a pass from Goodwin. Two runs from Rod Jones got the Tigers to the one yard line, and Goodwin ran in the TD. The PAT was good, and with 9;02 left in the third, the score was 32-0.
Holt had their best chance to score when DHS fumbled a punt return, but they couldn’t move the ball. Demopolis made them pay with a second down 78-yard TD pass to Bart Pettus. The PAT was good, and with 4:30 left in the third, the score was 39-0.
Holt tried to get a drive going from their 14-yard-line, but they could only go as far as their 39. Demopolis got the ball back and moved the ball down to the 11. However, a Rod Jones TD was brought back by a holding penalty. Goodwin would eventually try a field goal with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter, but it was no good.
Dontrell Miller then came in as quarterback, and the combined ground efforts of Lucious Haywood, Miller, and Chris Cupit brought the ball to the eight-yard line. Cupit would score with 1:41 left in the game. The PAT was no good, and the final score was 45-0.
Bart Pettus put the exclamation point on the win with an interception of Holt with seconds to go in the game.
DHS travels Friday to play rival Livingston, and Holt will host Bibb County.
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