Running backs may decide tempo, but on one side, the band won’t play
The ground game will be a key factor for the DHS Tigers tonight and is lead by three super sophomore running backs.
All very young and all with very different styles of running that can hurt any team. Rock Jones (No. 4) is a multi-purpose back with 118 carries for 740 yards and 12 TD’s. Dustin Gracie (No. 32) is a power back capable of getting 5 yards every time he touches the ball and has 552 yards for 16 TD’s. And don’t forget Dontrell Miller (No. 14) a slasher back, who loves the sidelines, has 44 carries for 149 yards and 2 TDs.
Williams full speed
The UMS-Wright Bulldogs running game is lead by Milan Williams (No. 3). An elusive, slasher style running back, who is 5’7" 150lbs and has 4.77 speed, Williams has 153 carries this season for 1,129 yards and 21 touchdowns. And he’s done all of this while missing 4 games this season.
The Demopolis Tigers pass attack is lead by junior sensation Devin Goodwin. Goodwin is 95-196 for 1,683 yards and 19 TD’s while giving up 14 interceptions.
Long Ball Blitz
The UMS-Wright Bulldogs love to throw the deep ball and have got both the quarterback and receivers to get the job done. Quarterback Taylor Atchison #15 is 94-159-3 for 1,586 yards with 14 touchdowns. Josh Stapleton #11 stands 6’1" and leads the Bulldogs with 8 receiving touchdowns this season.
What the Tigers lack in height in the wide receiver slots they make up with precision routes and unmatched execution from a corps of three outstanding juniors. And don’t forget about Bart Pettus who leads the Tigers with 27 catches for 603 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Tough as nails
The Demopolis Tigers have given up 69 points this season as a team. But the DHS defense has given up 42 points this season. While the Bulldogs have given up 166 points this season.
The Tigers defense is loaded with talent with both super-sophomore linebacker Ezell Braxton with 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks. While his partner in crime, junior linebacker Seth Basinger #11 has 36 tackles this season and over 111 assists.
As of Thursday, UMS-Wright reported that they had sold between 700-800 tickets for this game. Demopolis reported that they had sold 150 tickets as of Thursday afternoon.
Today the UMS-Wright Bulldogs will travel 2 1/2 hours up from Mobile on two team buses and will have to leave by 1:00 pm.
While many high schools pride themselves on a boisterous marching band, one team at Memorial Stadium will have to rely on rowdy fans and loud cheerleaders.
UMS-Wright has no band.
On the air
Media covering the game will include WNFP/Mobile and Comcast Cable for the Bulldogs while WZNJ FM will do all the talking for the Tigers.
Double their pleasure
The Bulldogs will dress 82 players tonight and the Tigers will dress 43.
More tickets sold
According to Bulldogs head coach Terry Curtis, the Bulldogs plan to bring over 1,000 proud fans into Demopolis for tonight’s game.
Bulldogs kicker Andrew Friedman (No. 10) is 48-50 with PAT’s and 10-12 in field goals. His longest is 46-yards.
The Bulldogs are (59-9) under coach Terry Curtis and lost only one 4A football game in four years.