Demopolis Tigers defeat Shelby County 48-20

Published 11:13 pm Friday, September 18, 2020

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The Demopolis Tigers won their third straight region game with a big victory over the visiting Shelby County Wildcats. The Tigers scored early in the first quarter and never relinquished their lead.

The first quarter began with Shelby County intercepting Demopolis quarterback Tyler Drake, putting the Wildcats at the Tigers 23-yard line 11:17 in the first quarter. The Wildcats were unable to convert the interception into points and turned the ball over on downs with 9:18 in the first quarter. 

The Demopolis Tigers scored on their next possession when Drake completed a 34-yard pass to Craig Nichols. Cole Wilson’s extra point was good, and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead over Shelby County with 8:18 to go in the first quarter. Shelby County’s last possession of the first quarter stalled, and the Tigers took over at their own 8-yard line.

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Hayes Atkins scored next for Demopolis when he ran it in from the 2-yard line. Wilson’s PAT was good and upped the Tigers’ score to 14-0 with 11:20 in the second quarter. With 3:46 left in the first half, Atkins scored again on a 4-yard run. Wilson’s kick was good, and the Tigers increased their lead to 21-0 with 2:54 left in the second quarter. 

Shelby County got on the board late in the first half when quarterback Connor Aderholt completed a 29-yard pass to Tyrese Goodman with 0:56 to go in the second quarter. Kai Barnett’s PAT was good, and the Wildcats had cut into the Tiger lead 21-7.

Shelby County started off the third quarter with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Aderholt to Goodman. Barnett’s PAT was good, bringing the score to 21-13 with 7:13 left in the third quarter. Demopolis answered the Wildcat’s touchdown moments later when Kelvin Rowser ran it into the endzone from the 3-yard line. Wilson’s extra point was good, and the Tigers had a 28-13 lead with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter when Aderholt completed a 12-yard pass to Goodman for a Wildcat touchdown. Barnett’s PAT was good, and the score sat at 28-20. The rest of the fourth quarter was all Demopolis. Atkins scored on another 2 yard run for the Tigers, and Wilson continued his streak of extra points, giving the Tigers a 35-20 lead with 8:31 left in the game. 

At the 6:55 mark, Drake found Jaqualon Smith for a 35-yard touchdown. Wilson’s PAT was good, and Demopolis extended their lead to 42-20 with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter. The game’s last score came with 2:08 left to play, and Drew Seymore ran 7 yards for the touchdown. Time expired before Wilson could kick the PAT, making the final score of the game 48-20.

The Demopolis Tigers (5-0, 3-0) will be celebrating Homecoming next Friday, September 25 against the Jasper Vikings.