Tigers win on road, 28-18

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2007

No rain or bad weather in sight, but the Demopolis Tigers brought a hurricane within themselves Friday night scoring 21 points in the second half to beat the Shelby County Wildcats 28-18.

The last time the Wildcats and the Tigers squared off, it took four overtime periods to settle the score. This year, both come into their match up looking for their first Region 3 win &8212; no matter how long it takes.

The long bus ride to Papa McCombs Stadium seemed to have no ill effect on the Tigers versatile offense.

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After holding the Wildcats to a four and out series, the Tigers took control on their own 27-yard line. Two plays in, Tiger running back, Demarcus James, bolted down the sideline only to end at the Wildcat goal line for a 76-touchdown run. After the point after attempt, the Tigers were out to a quick 7-0.

Within two minutes of the first quarter coming to a close, the Wildcats countered when Braten Dill connected with fellow Wildcat receiver, Dustin Wood, for a 70-yard touchdown strike on a wheel route. Kevin McNorton&8217;s point after attempt was blocked and the Wildcat trailed 7-6.

Gaining momentum as the second quarter rolled along, the Wildcats found themselves knocking at the Tiger end zone yet again set up by a rumbling Darion Sutton on 25-yard fourth down conversion.

However, the Tiger defense held true for four plays inside their own 8-yard line to dodge a surge by the pounding Wildcat offense.

With the game clock approaching intermission, SCHS chalked up another touchdown when Sutton muscled his way in for a 2-yard run, set up by a 30-yard toss from Dill to Tyrone Buie.

After the 2-point conversion failed to convert, the Wildcats took a 12-7 into the half.

The Tiger offense came out with a vengeance in the second half scoring on their first possession with James hitting the end zone from 27-yards out. Just like that, the Tigers held the lead 14-12.

With 9:17 remaining in the fourth stanza, the Wildcats attempt to swing the pendulum back in their direction after holding the Tigers on a fourth and seven inside their own 15-yard line.

A fumble at the Wildcat 11-yard line closed the door on the rally and set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Tiger quarterback, Rick Boone. Tyler Brooker&8217;s point after attempt gave the Tigers the late 21-12 lead.

SCHS attempted to make one last surge, but a Dill pass was intercepted and returned the other way for 51-yard touchdown return by Shantrell Braxton.

The never say quit Wildcats managed to put up another score on a Bill to Buie 30-yard strike.

Tiger Head Coach Tom Causey grateful of his team&8217;s efforts and focus. &8220;Our players did a great job tonight and our coaches did a great job preparing them. We made some adjustments from last wee that really helped us out.&8221;

The Tiger offense rolled up 318 yards on the ground on 47 carries and 48 yards through the air with Boone completing four of nine attempts.

On the other side of the ball, the young Wildcat team is still experiencing some growing pains but Wildcat Head Coach Ryan Herring knows his team is working hard.

SCHS produced 282 yards of total offense with 185 yards through the air on Dill&8217;s nine of twenty pass attempts. Dustin Wood led with 103 receiving yard on 3 catches and a touchdown, while Sutton posted 95 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

Senior defensive, Michael Trice, lead the way for the Wildcat defense with eight solo tackles and a sack. Ethan Lann had eight as well.