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Demopolis takes sting out of Hornets, 59-6

The Dallas County Hornets were simply outmatched in a 59-6 loss to the Demopolis Tigers on Friday night in Plantersville.

The Tigers were unstoppable on offense and suffocating on defense.

The offense scored eight total touchdowns. Half of them were scored in the first quarter of the game. Tigers running back Antonio Jackson scored the first touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter, and again three minutes later on a five-yard run.

Demopolis’ other running back, Antonio Besteder, had three rushing touchdowns in the game, including a 79-yard score in the second quarter. Alexander Besteder and freshman quarterback Rance Stevenson also scored on short touchdown runs.

Senior quarterback Andrew Patterson connected with receiver Demetruis Davis for the only passing touchdown of the game.

The Hornets couldn’t get any movement on offense against the Tiger defense. The 80-yard kickoff return touchdown by Calvin Starks early in the first quarter was best play of the night for Dallas County.

The Hornets were down 30-6 at halftime, and there were no adjustments to be made that could slow down the Tigers.

The second half was played on a running clock, and not much improved for Dallas County. Hornets quarterback Octavious Palmer was intercepted by Tigers defensive back Chance McVay on a ball that should have been caught to start the fourth quarter.

On Dallas County’s final possession, the second-string unit was in and they were making progress down the field as time winded down. The Hornets got down to the two-yard line with two seconds left on the clock, but were unable to get that first offensive touchdown before time expired.

The Tigers (5-1, 4-0) will be on the road again next week as they travel to Sumter Central to take on the Jaguars (1-6, 1-3) on Friday, Oct. 13, before returning to the home field for an Oct. 20 date against Enterprise.