Demopolis first round playoff game set for Thursday, Nov. 9

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB A.J. Jackson (4) runs between the blocks of Matt Dollar (62) and Chris Williams (right) during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

Demopolis High School will play its first round playoff game on Thursday, Nov. 9 rather than the Friday night time slot that traditionally houses such tilts.

“I just think it’s an opportunity to get out there a little quicker and go out there and play,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said of the move. “Once you get through 10 weeks of football, I think our kids are eager to get out there again.”

The Thursday date will allow Demopolis to maintain more of a normal routine and avoid any of the complications that might accompany a Friday game given that Nov. 10 is a holiday for Demopolis High School.

“Both administrations talked and I thought it was a good fit with Friday being Veteran’s Day for us,” Seymore said. “I like to keep our kids in a routine. That was the main thing. The option they gave us to move to Thursday and we took advantage of it.”

Demopolis, the Class 5A, Region 3 champion, is set to play host to Class 5A, Region 1 No. 4 seed Williamson in the first round.

“They’re very athletic on both sides of the ball. They’ve got two Division I players that are both committed to South Alabama. They’ve got a lot of speed. They don’t have the depth I think. We’ll try to take advantage of the depth. They only have like 30 players with various kids playing both ways. They’re a very well coached team,” Seymore said of the Lions. “They’re very, very good defensively. We’ve given up 59 points, they’ve given up 58 points this year. They’ve got a quality defense.”

Sweet Water plunders Pirates for perfect Region 1 record

Sweet Water put it away early Friday, scoring four first-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 63-0 win over Fruitdale. Jacory Brown scored on a pair of 7-yard touchdown runs before Shamar Lewis got in on the fun with a 30-yard scoring run. Jaylon Williamson added a 38-yard touchdown sprint to put the Bulldogs up 26-0 after one quarter of play.

Sasha Smith returned an interception for a touchdown early in the second quarter. The onslaught continued with a 46-yard Lewis touchdown run before Jaland Lewis-Horton ran it in from 35 yards out for a 47-0 halftime lead.

Walker Thompson added a 2-yard touchdown run and Devonte Blanks a 4-yard scoring plunge in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs outgained the Pirated 412-43. Smith and JahDarius McIntosh each picked off a pass for the Sweet Water defense.

Sweet Water (7-1, 7-0) wraps up a perfect run through Class 1A, Region 1. The Bulldogs travel to New Brockton next week to cap the regular season.

Demopolis skunks Jemison to wrap Region 3 play

10-27-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB A.J. Jackson stretches for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the night against Jemison.

Demopolis wrapped up an unbeaten Class 5A, Region 3 schedule Friday with a 48-7 victory over Jemison. The win marked the 26th consecutive region victory for Demopolis.

10-27-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Derrick Birl breaks up a pass against Jemison.

“I think that was the goal for all the kids. You definitely want to be the No. 1 seed and have the ability to host a first round playoff game, but I’m definitely glad for those seniors to be able to go unbeaten in region,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said.

Deompolis hung 20 points on the board in the first quarter of play. A.J. Jackson scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 8:34 to go in the first quarter. Antonio Besteder later ran for an 8-yard score to stretch the lead to 13-0. On the final play of the opening quarter, Jackson ran for an 88-yard touchdown and moved the lead to 20-0.

DeDe Davis caught an 83-yard touchdown pass in the second before Besteder added a 24-yard scoring run. The Tigers led 34-0 at half.

Brandon Simmons turned a jailbreak screen into a 46-yard touchdown pass in the third. Davis added a 19-yard touchdown run to cap the Demopolis scoring and move the lead to 48-0.

Adrian Jackson scored on a 16-yard run with 3:01 left in the game to set the final margin.

Demopolis amassed 512 yards of total offense in the game. Jackson rushed 11 times for 164 yards. Besteder ran for 100 yards on 15 carries. Davis had 134 yards from scrimmage.

10-27-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Demetrius Davis breaks free on an 83-yard touchdown run against Jemison.

Jackson defeated Citronelle 31-0 in Class 5A, Region 1 Friday, setting Demopolis up with a first round playoff matchup against Williamson, who finishes as the No. 4 seed in Region 1.

“You always look a little further down the road for possible playoff matchups. I think that’s our mindset for our players and our coaches,” Seymore, whose team travels to Class 7A Auburn next week. “Williamson will be a very athletic team. Dedric Sumter is the head football coach there and he has done a tremendous job there. They have a lot of skilled athletes and they are very multiple on both sides of the ball. They’re very good on defense and they play an attacking style. I think our kids will be prepared and it’s a great opportunity for our program. We’ll put our focus on Auburn and look at that in a couple of weeks. The Auburn game has the opportunity to give us that same kind of atmosphere.”

10-27-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB Antonio Besteder breaks free for a touchdown run against Jemison.

Marengo High dusts McIntosh for final Region 1 win

Marengo wrapped up Class 1A, Region 1 play Thursday night with a 52-0 road victory over McIntosh. The Panthers featured a balanced attack that saw six different offensive players score touchdowns in the game.

Calvin Ferguson rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on only three carries. Phelix Hosea had a 10-yard touchdown run. Deldrick Bouler ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns on five rushes. Quindaris Ausbon completed 3 of 4 passes for 71 yards and three touchdowns. Curtis Autery caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. De’Angelos Crispin hauled in a 23-yard touchdown while Roosevelt Thompson caught a 30-yard scoring strike. Alphonzo Lewis ran for 40 yards on his lone carry.

Sophomore lineman Ronald Bouler shined on the defensive side of the ball, running roughshod over the Demon offensive line. Bouler finished with 10 tackles including four for loss, two sacks, a safety and a blocked punt.

Kevian Cade had five tackles including two for a loss. Daryl McItonsh had five tackles. Thompson had four tackles. Deldrick Bouler and Phillip Hosea each intercepted a pass.

Marengo (5-3, 4-2) is set to host Class 2A Southern Choctaw next Friday.

Sweet Water High names Homecoming Queen

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Sweet Water High School names senior Sara Irvin its Homecoming Queen for 2017 Friday night.

Sweet Water shellacks Millry to claim Region 1 crown

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Bulldogs gang tackle a Wildcat running back in first half action.

Sweet Water head coach Pat Thompson has said all season long that he believes the winner of Class 1A, Region 1 would have to go unbeaten in region play. His Bulldogs took another big step toward that Friday night with a convincing 42-14 win over Millry.

Sweet Water scored 14 points in each of the game’s first three quarters to go up 42-7. Shamar Lewis scored on a 64-yard run in the opening frame before Jonah Smith hooked up with Chance Broussard on a 20-yard touchdown strike.

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Sweet Water’s Jacory Brown (40) out races the Millry defense scoring a 2nd half TD.

Jaylon Williamson scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter before Smith threw to Trent Sams for a 17-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-0 before halftime.

Smith threw his third touchdown pass with 8:10 to go in the third quarter when he found Jacory Brown for a 14-yard pitch-and-catch. Brown later ran it in from 26 yards out for the final Bulldog touchdown.

Sweet Water had 359 yards of total offense on only 36 plays. Smith went 4 of 7 passing for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis ran is seven times for 125 yards. Williamson had 68 yards rushing while Brown had 62. Sams and Sasha Smith each intercepted a pass on defense for the Bulldogs.

Sweet Water (6-1, 6-0) clinches the Region 1 championship with the win. The Bulldogs wrap region play next week when they travel to Fruitdale.

The loss drops Millry to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 1 play. That creates a three-way tie in the region after Linden beat Marengo 20-18 Friday night. All three teams are 4-2 in region play with Millry having beaten Linden, Linden having beaten Marengo, and Marengo having beaten Millry. Tie breakers will go into effect if all three teams win next week. Millry hosts A.L. Johnson. Linden hosts J.F. Shields. Marengo travels to McIntosh.

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Senior Jaylon Williamson bursts through a porous Millry line for a big gainer.

Demopolis proves relentless in skunking of Class 7A Enterprise

Demopolis dominated from pillar to post Friday night to pick up its first win in program history over a Class 7A team. The Tigers ran for 341 yards on the night to anchor a 33-7 victory over Enterprise.

“We knew we could compete with those guys. We knew we had to play with a total team effort against a team of that caliber,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said.

Demopolis had scoring drives of 99, 95, 86, and 79 yards in the game. The Tigers’ first touchdown punctuated an eight-play, 95-yard drive that was highlighted by a 47-yard A.J. Jackson sprint Antonio Besteder finished it off with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:16 remaining in the opening frame to make it 6-0.

“I think it was more of a physical challenge on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line played with intensity. Our backs, I can’t say enough about them and the physical nature they play with,” Seymore said. “Andrew (Patterson) threw it well. He ran the offense. He had a couple of big runs tonight.”

Demopolis got the ball back with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter, taking over on its own 1 yard line following a brilliant Enterprise punt. Undaunted, the Tigers proceeded to pound the ball with a 13-play drive that covered 99 yards and resulted in a five-yard A.J. Jackson touchdown run. Demopolis executed 10 run plays on the drive and mixed in a pair of 11-yard passes to Tyler Jones as well as a 12-yard strike to DeDe Davis.

Up 13-0, Demopolis attempted a surprise onside kick that landed in Wildcat hands and set Enterprise up at the Tiger 42. Chance Warren starred on the drive, hauling in a 25-yard pass to set up a goal-to-go scenario. Warren shifted to the quarterback spot in the wildcat formation to score on a three-yard touchdown run and cut the deficit to 13-7.

When Enterprise’s Hunter Peacock sniffed out a bubble screen and picked off a Demopolis pass on the ensuing possession, the Wildcats appeared poised to take it in from 29 yards out and wrest away the lead. Enterprise hit Warren for a 17-yard strike to set up a goal-to-go situation from the Demopolis 8. A negative run play, two incomplete passes and a false start turned the favorable circumstance into a 4th and goal from the Tiger 15. Enterprise then missed a 32-yard field goal attempt and never threatened again in the game.

“That goes back to our coaches. That goes back to how we prepare each day. We work three days in the weight room. We take a lot of pride in that. We practice physical each week,” Seymore said of his team’s effort. “If you want to be one of the high echelon teams, you have to play physical. Our coaches coach like that daily and I think that’s the key to us playing at a high level.”

Demopolis added a 7-yard scoring run from Besteder in the third quarter. Besteder scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth while Jackson ran it in from 22 yards out for the capper. The Demopolis defense showed itself equally as well, holding Enterprise to 107 yards of total offense including -7 yards in the entire second half.

“I think we played assignment football. Our kids understand how important it is to play defense. As many times as we can get the ball back to our offense, that’s more chances to score,” Seymore said. “They had a very talented receiver, and we put emphasis on knowing where he was at. In the second half, we pretty much shut him down. That’s where you win the big games on those defenses.”

Demopolis amassed 441 yards of total offense, anchored by 341 yards rushing. Jackson finished with 165 yards on 20 carries while Besteder ran for 129 yards on 23 carries. Roderick Gaines and C.J. Williams each picked off a pass for the Demopolis defense.

Demopolis (6-1, 5-0) hosts Jemison next Friday night for the final Class 5A, Region 3 contest of the season. The Tigers are set to travel to Auburn Nov. 3.

Marengo blasts through Shields

Marengo High dispatched of Region 1 foe J.F. Shields rather easily Friday night with a 63-6 victory.

Alphonzo Lewis ran the ball five times for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Deldrick Bouler had four carries for 61 yards. Phelix Hosea finished with four carries for 70 yards. Curtis Autery caught two passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Quindaris Ausbon ran the ball twice for a total of 40 yards and a score while also completing 5 of 7 passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnny Kennedy seven tackles including five for loss. Autery intercepted a pass on defense. Kevian Cade had an interception return for a touchdown. Ronald Bouler finished with five tackles, including three for a loss.

Marengo (5-2, 4-1) hosts Linden next Friday night with a chance to clinch the No. 2 seed in Class 1A, Region 1.

Sweet Water throttles McIntosh for Region 1 win

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Bulldogs Willie Lewis (57) and Deshawn Blanks (52) put heavy pressure on the Demon punter in first half action.

Sweet Water handled its business early Friday night, putting McIntosh squarely in the rearview mirror by halftime en route to a 48-0 Class 1A, Region 1 win.

Jacory Brown scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter before Jaylon Williamson punched it in from a yard out on the final play of the frame for a 14-0 lead.

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DB Trent Sams (1) races down the sideline after intercepting an errant McIntosh pass.

The second quarter turned into the Shamar Lewis show. The senior turned a Jonah Smith pass into a 64-yard touchdown to move it to 21-0. Lewis then ran for a 27-yard score. After Jonah Smith hit Sasha Smith for a 6-yard touchdown, Lewis got into the act on defense when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Sweet Water added to the 41-0 halftime lead in the third when Jonah Smith threw to Braylone Kidd for a 56-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs managed 326 yards of total offense on the night while allowing 61 to McIntosh.

Jonah Smith was 4-for-4 passing for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis had 96 rushing yard and a TD on seven carries.

Trent Sams intercepted two passes while Lewis, Braiden Broussard and Antonio Sullivan each picked off one.

Sweet Water (5-1, 5-0) can clinch the Region 1 championship next Friday night when it hosts Millry.

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OL Tony King (54) holds his block opening up running space for a Bulldog back.

Demopolis clinches Region 3 crown with win over Sumter

LIVINGSTON – The playoff picture is starting to take shape in Class 5A and Demopolis will be a No. 1 seed. The Tigers guaranteed themselves as much Friday night with a 58-8 road victory over Region 3 foe Sumter Central.

“I felt like our guys kept their head the first half, did what we were supposed to do, took care of business. I’m proud of our kids. That wrapped up the region championship,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said.

Demopolis saw its offense start on short fields all night, taking advantage early with a 30-point first quarter before cruising to the win. A.J. Jackson score on touchdown runs of 5, 3 and 37 yards in the first quarter. Antonio Besteder had scoring runs of 3, 3 and 2 yards respectively in the game. Russ Logan had a 1-yard touchdown run while LaQuinton Wright scored from 7 yards out.

Sumter got its touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass from Duane Ruffin to Tamarius Kirksey.

Jackson ran for 105 yards on seven carries while Besteder added 90 yards on 19 rushes.

The Tigers forced three turnovers on the evening with K.D. Daniels and C.J. Williams each recovering a fumble and Alton Rowser intercepting a pass.

Demopolis (6-1, 5-0) will finish no worse than in a first-place tie with Calera in Region 3 and holds the tiebreaker over the Eagles by virtue of a head-to-head win. Demopolis will host the No. 4 seed from Class 5A, Region 1.

The Tigers step out of region to host Class 7A Enterprise next Friday night.

We’ve got a lot to look forward to. We’ve got some games coming up that are true measuring sticks of where we are as a program and how much better have we gotten. I’m looking forward to that,” Seymore said.