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Panthers can’t keep up at Demopolis

On the run: Jemison quarterback Kevin Nunn (No. 4) is chased by a Demopolis defender during Friday’s game.

On the run: Jemison quarterback Kevin Nunn (No. 4) is chased by a Demopolis defender during Friday’s game.

By Matt Cole | Demopolis Times

The Demopolis Tigers (2-1, 2-0) scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters on their way to a 49-6 region win over Jemison (2-2, 1-1) on Friday night.

The defensive line came up big for the Tigers with three of the starters recording 10 or more tackles. Rahmeel Cook led the way with 13 tackles and two sacks. Tim Bonner had 10 tackles, two for a loss and a forced fumble, and Tyler Colburn had 10 tackles, three for a loss, and a sack. R.J. Cox added six tackles and a sack to the D-line totals.

“The defensive line played their tails off tonight, and we don’t expect anything less from that group,” DHS head coach Tom Causey said.

Jemison head coach Jacob Hogan said he was proud of his team’s effort throughout the game.

“Our guys played hard until the end,” he said. “Demopolis has a great squad and my hat’s off to them. They’re a class act. We have some issues we need to fill, and we can’t wait to get there.”

Offensively, quarterback Logan McVay led the way for Demopolis with 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Backup quarterback Jamarcus Ezell had 63 yards and a touchdown on three carries, while running back Rashad Lynch had 51 yards and a TD on six runs, Jay Craig had one 56 yard burst for a score and Drew Jones ran the ball five times for 37 yards and two scores.

“Our offensive line was great tonight,” Causey added. “Jemison threw a good front at us, but we had practiced for it all week and were prepared. Those guys handled it great. And all of our backs and receivers ran hard after contact.”

Jemison opened the game with two possessions before Demopolis took a snap. After going three-and-out on their first drive, Ryan Schroeder mishandled a punt and the Panthers were able to recover the fumble. The Tiger defense forced another three-and-out to give the offense the ball.

On the Tigers’ first drive, a 36-yard completion from McVay to Antonio Mackins set Demopolis up in the red zone. Jones finished off the drive with a 5-yard run to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Jemison’s biggest offensive play of the game came on the next drive on a pass from Kevin Nunn to Prentice-James Blue for 42 yards. The Tigers still managed to force a turnover on downs on the drive.

The next drive for Demopolis belonged to Lynch. He ran for three first downs and eventually finished the drive with a 16-yard TD run, giving Demopolis the 14-0 lead.

After another short drive by Jemison, Demopolis struck quickly on their first play of their next drive. McVay outran the Panther defense for 67 yards and a score to put the Tigers on top 21-0.

After forcing a three-and-out to open the second quarter, Jones was able to block the Panthers’ punt to give Demopolis possession at the Jemison 22 yard line. On the next play, McVay ran for the 22-yard score.

A turnover on downs by Jemison put Demopolis’ offense back on the field for another chance at a one-play drive. This time, Craig burst through the hole and broke several tackles on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run, putting DHS up 35-0 with 8:08 to play in the half.

Demopolis’ final score of the half came on a 23-yard run by Jones to put the Tigers up 42-0 heading into the locker room.

Ezell took advantage of his opportunity at quarterback as the second half began and ran for a 55-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Demopolis its final touchdown of the game.

DHS kicker Tyler Overstreet was 7-for-7 on extra point attempts in the game.

Jemison’s only score came halfway through the fourth quarter on a 17-yard run by Rashaun Daniel, making the final score 49-6.

The Tigers ended the game with 312 rushing yards on 27 carries. Jemison totaled 179 yards of offense in the game with 111 of those coming through the air.

Jemison will travel to Calera next week to take on the Eagles, and Demopolis will travel to Helena.

“That will be Helena’s first home game in school history, so there’s going to be a lot of emotion there,” Causey said. “Our effort and attitude was great tonight, and we need to continue that into next week.”