THRILLING COMEBACK: Gamble pays off in must-win for Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; There&8217;s nothing more dangerous then having to play one game for your playoff life. Just ask the Demopolis Tigers

(4-2), who faced the Chilton County Tigers (5-1) at Memorial Stadium.

If they win, they will live to fight another day. If they lose, then that&8217;s the end of a mediocre season for the hometown Tigers.

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The Demopolis Tigers came from behind to get a win for the second straight week, beating Chilton County, 22-21. This time they were down seven points with 2:18 to go in the game after a Chilton County touchdown made the score 21-14.

Shantrell Braxton took the kickoff 66 yards to the Chilton County 24-yard line, where they setup shop for the last drive of the game. After a couple of handoffs, the Demopolis Tigers worked themselves down to the Chilton County seven-yard line. Lucious Haywood and Braxton once again proved they are two of the best running backs in the state with their power running game.

On the next play, Braxton took the handoff three yards for the touchdown making the score 20-21 with 0:30 left in the game. To everyone&8217;s surprise Coach Doug Goodwin decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win. A simple handoff to Braxton turned into one of the best plays in Demopolis Tigers history, when Braxton threw the ball to Scott Cannon, who was wide open in the end zone for the two.

The Chilton County Tigers won the opening toss and elected to receive the ball first. On the opening kickoff, the Chilton County Tigers returned the kick to their own 30 yard line. The Chilton Co. Tigers on their first play hand the ball off for no gain on the much improved Demopolis defense. The second play was an overthrown pass deep into the Tiger Secondary. The third play was a broken run play that lost two yards, setting up a Chilton County punt.

The Demopolis Tigers received the punt on Chilton County&8217;s 48 yard line. On their first play, the running back Shantrell Braxton rushed up the middle for a gain of 15 yards to the 33 yard line. On the next play, the Demopolis Tigers lost two yards on a busted play. The second and third play gained some yardage, but on fourth and two, they handed off to Lucious Haywood and he rushed for the first down. The Tigers continue to just pound the Chilton County defense with running plays on the outside from their running backs Braxton and Haywood.

The Tigers are the first to cash in with a one yard touchdown run by Haywood with 3:51 left in the first quarter. The score is now 7-0 in favor of the good guys.

The Demopolis Tigers kick the ball to the Chilton County Tigers, who return the ball to their own 32 yard line. On their first play of this drive, they gained six yards on a toss right play. On the next play, Chilton County completes a pass for a gain of 31 yards and a first down. That moves the Chilton County Tigers deep into the Demopolis Tigers end of the field. The Chilton County Tigers have moved the ball on the Demopolis Tigers with a mix of passing and the option run. The Chilton County quarterback Joe Prokop ran the option beautifully for a 10 yard touchdown run, so with 1:15 left in the first quarter the scored is knotted at seven.

The next series for the Demopolis Tigers turned disastrous when on a fourth and one from the 50 yard line the Tigers show punt and a high snap over the punter&8217;s head allows the Chilton County Tigers to have possession of the ball deep inside tiger land. On a series of handoffs and passing plays, the Chilton County Tigers score once again on a one yard run from Prokop, his second on the night. With 9:37 left in the second quarter, Chilton County takes the lead 14-7.

The Demopolis Tigers started the next possession at their own 21 yard line and on the third play quarter back Jacob Kerby completed a 47 yard pass to Braxton putting them deep into scoring position. The drive stalled out on a fourth and 3 from the Chilton County 30 yard line giving the ball back to Chilton.

The Chilton County Tigers would give the Demopolis Tigers a gift on the next play, when Prokop fumbled the ball on the 33 yard line. It didn&8217;t take the Tigers long to cash in on this gift, when Braxton rumbled seven yards on a Kerby pass into the end zone to tie the score at 14 with 2:05 left in the half.

The Chilton County Tigers would move the ball down the field on the Demopolis Tiger defense and try as they mite they couldn&8217;t punch the ball into the end zone before the half. At the end of the first half the Demopolis Tigers and the Chilton County Tigers are tied at 14 going into the second half.

The Demopolis Tigers would get the first chance in the second half to put some points on the board, but on three plays they would have to punt the ball back to Chilton County.

Chilton County would once again move the ball on the Demopolis Tiger defense, but a timely interception by Antwain Nelson stopped any hopes of scoring for the Chilton County offense.

The rest of the third quarter saw a lot of action for both sides, but no more points on the board for either team. The start of the fourth quarter saw a huge defensive play for the Demopolis Tigers defense as they stuffed a fourth and two deep inside their own 30 yard line.

Once the Demopolis Tigers took possession of the ball after the huge stop a steady dose of Braxton up the middle and on the outside was chewing up the Chilton County defense, until a fumble on the snap for Demopolis gave the ball right back to the Chilton County Tigers on their own 30 yard line.

The Demopolis defense once again held the Chilton County running game down, but they would ultimately score on an inside handoff to push the score to 21-14 Chilton County with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Chilton County took the kickoff and tried four deep passes, but couldn&8217;t make anything happen as once again the Demopolis Tigers sprinkled some magic on this year&8217;s season with another spectacular win over Chilton County 22-21.

Demopolis record grows to 5-2, and most importantly, 3-2 in the region. Chilton County&8217;s record matches that of DHS.