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Demopolis downs Sylacauga

Demopolis quarterback Tucker Jones rushes the ball against Sylacauga.

Demopolis had little trouble Friday against Sylacauga in the first round of state playoffs. The Tigers beat the Aggies 49-20 with an improved offense and solid defense.

Senior defensive back Tyrelle Barnett had a night he will remember forever, scoring twice on a fumble recover and interception. Head coach Tom Causey called Barnett’s night “monstrous.”

“I’m not used to a night like this. I’m use to making tackles,” Barnett said after the game. “But I’m a senior, and I’m not ready to go home.”

Causey said he saw improvement this week in “doing the little things” after back-to-back losses to Jackson and Hillcrest.

“It was a lot better,” Causey said. “We’ve still got to work hard. I’m really proud of the team being coachable this week.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Demopolis got on the board first off an 8-yard touchdown run by Roderick Davis.

On the ensuing Aggie possession, Barnett recovered a fumble forced by Tyler Merriweather and took it back 45 yards for a score.

A long run by Davis set up Demopolis’ third touchdown, a 1-yard run by quarterback Tucker Jones.

Barnett scored his second touchdown of the night next, when he intercepted a Sylacuaga pass and returned it 26 yards for another TD. The points gave the Tigers a 28-0 advantage at halftime.

The Aggies would get on the board in the third quarter after a 3-yard run by Ian Floyd.

Demopolis answered right back though with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Rodney Harper. Another 8-yard pass pass to Demeterius Kemp put the Tigers up 35-7.

DHS would score its sixth touchdown off a 1-yard run by Jones, his second rushing score of the night.

Sylacauga put two late touchdowns on the board but they were answered by a 40-yard run by D.J. Howell.

Demopolis (9-2) travels to Spanish Fort (10-1) next week in the second round of state playoffs.