DHS looks to keep things rolling v. Livingston

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 16, 2005

Demopolis High will look to extend their 33-game regular-season winning streak Friday at home against the Livingston Cougars.

The game will be Demopolis’s third consecutive regional game after winning their first two 28-6 over Bibb Co. Sept. 2 and 61-6 over Dallas Co. Sept. 9. The 2-0 record ties them with Jemison for the 4A region 4 lead early in the season.

Livingston stands at 0-1 in region play, 0-2 overall, after falling to Bibb Co. 34-0 last Friday. Their Sept. 2 game against Dallas County was postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Cougars opened the season with a 38-6 loss to 2A Highland Home.

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DHS will once again be paced by senior quarterback Dontrell Miller. Miller has completed 23 of 38 passes over his last two games, a 61 percent completion rate, for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Miller has yet to be intercepted in the 2005 season, has completed passes to nine different receivers in regional play, and has racked up a combined 542 yards from scrimmage the last two weeks.

DHS continues to be led on the ground by senior Rock Jones, who rebounded from a tough statistical game vs. Bibb Co. to notch 67 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries against Dallas Co. Jones now has 272 yards and six touchdowns on the season. A number of DHS ball-carriers have reached the end zone already in 2005. Jones, Miller, junior Lucious Haywood, junior Calvin Bryant, and senior Jacob Smelley have all scored on the ground for DHS.

On defense, senior linebacker Ezell Braxton and safety Willie Blount have led the Tigers throughout the season and had big games again against Dallas County, as Blount returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and Braxton added to his growing sack total. Senior safety Willie Gracey led the Tigers in tackles against the Hornets with 10.

Livingston’s hopes rest with senior quarterback Barry Taylor, a returning starter for the Cougars, and with running back trio Mario Newell, Dominic Childs, and Christopher Gaines. The Cougars may struggle up front against the Tigers as 6-1, 250 Derick Lee is LHS’s only senior lineman.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Demopolis’s Memorial Stadium.