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DHS holds off GCHS 3rd quarter charge

EUTAW &8212; &8220;We didn&8217;t play well,&8221; Demopolis High School head coach Tom Causey said about his groups cross-county borders rivalry game against Greene County High School. &8220;We did what we needed to in the first half. We didn&8217;t play as well in the second.&8221;

If fact, the Tigers from Demopolis went up 24 points in the first quarter, 42 by the end of the second before they let Greene County light up their side of the board with a 20 point third quarter and both schools added eight for good measure in the fourth.

Demarcus James was the leading rusher for Demopolis, with 121 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns &8212; both of which came in the first quarter off 6- and 25-yard runs. Shantrell Braxton also put up big numbers, with 75 yards off 3 carries, two rushing touchdowns for 15 and 46 yards and a kick off return.

But the story of the night was the Demopolis special teams and defensive scoring, which amounted for 16 of the team&8217;s first half points. Martez Jackson caused a safety, which lead to the kickoff returned by Braxton in the first quarter. Anthony Wilson kicked off the second quarter scoring with a safety of his own for Demopolis and Greg Irving finished off scoring in the first half by covering a Greene County fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

But along with the good came the bad. The Tigers allowed 173 of Greene County&8217;s 209 in the third quarter alone. The Tigers from Eutaw put up 25 more total yards than Demopolis, with 326, and one more first down, with 12.

One category Green County didn&8217;t win, though, was turnovers, as they lost both of their two fumbles to Demopolis&8217; six lost fumbles.