Tigers face must-win

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

There are only three regional games left in the season for the Demopolis High School Tigers. The Tigers must win them all in order to continue play in the post season. DHS currently holds the fifth spot in the standings. The schools that hold the first four spots are all tied with a 3 &045; 1 regional record. Of those schools, Shelby County has the most favorable schedule.

Friday the Tigers of Demopolis will go to battle against another pride of Tigers from Chilton County.

Chilton County post a 5 &045; 1 season record and are 3 &045; 1 in the region, losing only to Shelby County. CC is ranked at what would be No. 16. They are also one of the teams in the region that holds the first four slots. The other schools are Bibb County and McAdory. Chilton must face the Bibb County Choctaws next week.

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The Demopolis, Chilton County match-up tomorrow is important for both teams. A third loss in the region for Demopolis would all but eliminate them from the playoffs. Chilton County on the other hand doesn&8217;t want to go into the game against the Choctaws with two losses in regional play.

The Demopolis defense will get tested again. Can they respond the way they did last week in Centreville? Coach Goodwin is counting on 48 minutes of a grueling match in the pits.

Coach Goodwin says that quarterback Jason Kerby is &8216;getting better&8217;. The young sophomore will be starting his fourth straight game and has shown improvement with each game. &8220;He didn&8217;t play the quarterback position on the JV team,&8221; added Goodwin, &8220;but he makes good decisions.&8221; The DHS offense has looked to throw the ball more in each of the last few games. A moderate passing game would be enough to keep Chilton off balance and open up the running of Lucious Haywood and Shantrell Braxton.

Chilton County has won its last two games, including a 32-20 win over Wilcox Central.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Stadium.