GILMORE COLUMN: You had to be there to experience the comeback
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Hey sports fans! What a week of upsets or chin rubbing, or even going hmmmmmmm&8230;.
Let&8217;s start with the Tigers, no not the Demopolis Tigers, not the Sunshine Tigers, and no not the UWA Tigers, either. I&8217;m talking about my hometown Detroit Tigers. They&8217;ve created all kinds of stirring in the Big Apple by beating the Yankees three out of four games last week.
The media in New York has absolutely gone wild. I just hope it doesn&8217;t over shadow the rest of the baseball playoffs and the World Series as well. By eliminating the Yanks, the Tigers have at least an even chance of claiming the American League pennant. I think they have an edge: their pitching. Can you pick who will win the World Series now?
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OK, to football. Demopolis&8217; own Dontrell Miller has made his presence known on defense at the University of Tennessee-Martin. The former Tiger quarterback has quickly become a &8220;hitter&8221; from the defensive back position for the Skyhawks.
Miller has yet to start a game for UTM&8217;s first season head coach Jason Simpson, but he plays enough minutes to be ranked high on the team&8217;s defensive stats.
Miller has played in all six games for UTM, who has won its last five games. He has recorded 12 solo tackles and a half a sack (assisted on a sack) thus far this season. He&8217;s also assisted in 13 tackles, which is second on the team. In addition Dontrell has forced one fumble and broken up a pass.
We must not forget big Ray Williams, who is a sophomore at UTM out of Demopolis. The 280-pound defensive tackle also has a role on the Skyhawk defense.
The stingy Skyhawk defense has allowed only 8.6 points a game. They&8217;ve given up only five touchdowns this season. UTM holds a 5-1 record and a 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference record.
Miller and Williams will travel to Birmingham on October 21 when the Skyhawks take on Samford at Seibert Stadium. It&8217;s the Bulldogs homecoming. Samford topped UTM last season 30-22.
The Demopolis High School Tigers overcame turnovers and mental errors to stage one of its biggest comebacks last Saturday in Centreville.
The Tiger diehard fans really got a treat. Very few left before the game ended. You just had to be there, because if you weren&8217;t it is difficult to explain.
You could sense the pull the players were getting from the fans. The momentum began to shift about three minutes into the third quarter. DHS had found themselves down by 19 at the half. Bibb County added six more points early in the third. The Bibb County crowd started to celebrate.
Then it started &8212; for Demopolis that is.
The defense, the DHS defense, caused the aura of the game to shift. For the next quarter-and-a-half the Tiger faithful remained on their feet until after the horn sounded to end the game.
As you well know the Tigers won, 32-31.
Mark your calender for Oct. 27. Southern Academy, unbeaten ranked and No. 3 in AISA, will visit No. 1 ranked Bessemer Academy who is also unbeaten.
It will be a great end of the season finally for two powerful football teams.
Marengo Academy still has an up hill climb in the tough AA Region 1. After Southern, Patrician, and Wilcox, the Longhorns are the best of the rest.
I hope Linden, A.L. Johnson and Sunshine don&8217;t beat up on each other too bad as they vie for a third and fourth playoff spot.
See you around the gridiron.
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James Gilmore is sports editor for The Times. He can be reached by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.