Defense lifts Demopolis to 21-3 win

10-5-2012 — Greenville, AL — Demopolis linebackers Wesley Anderson (25) and Peyton Pearson combine with safety Demetrius Kemp (1) to stop a Greenville running back behind the line of scrimmage as Kesse Bell (42) closes in. (Michael Clements/The West Alabama Watchman)

GREENVILLE — It was all the defense that shined for Demopolis Friday night as DHS clinched a playoff berth with 21-3 victory over region foe Greenville.

Greenville took the early lead on a 32-yard field goal from Ozell Carter that capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive.

Greenville then forced the first Demopolis interception of the year when freshman Marlon Carter snagged an errant pass to stall the opening DHS drive just 25 yards  from a score.

“Credit them. They’re really good on defense. They stopped us that first drive,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey said of a Greenville defense that flustered the visiting Tigers consistently over the course of the evening while limiting DHS to just 210 total yards.

Demopolis took a lead it would never relinquish with 8:39 to play in the second quarter when Roderick Davis found the end zone from three yards out to punctuate a nine-play, 48-yard march.

10-5-2012 — Greenville, AL — Demopolis DL Tyler Merriweather closes in on the Greenville quarterback during the Tigers’ victory over Greenville High School. (Michael Clements/The West Alabama Watchman)

Demopolis upped its lead to 14-3 with 1:28 to go before the half when Brock Montgomery hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from Tucker Jones and Leif Midgorden added the extra point.

Jones added to the Demopolis lead with 56 seconds to go in the third quarter when he scored on a two-yard run to wrap up a 43-yard drive that lasted five plays.

Greenville outgained Demopolis with 220 total yards as compared to 210. The host Tigers also had 14 first downs against Demopolis’ nine.

DHS made its presence felt the most on the defensive side of the ball, where it forced three turnovers, including fumble recoveries by Sebastian Hale and Tyler Merriweather and an interception by Peyton Pearson on a fake punt attempt.

“I felt really good about our defense’s setup all night long,” Causey said. “They were going to have to earn it down the field. I’m really proud of the way our defense played all night.”

Merriweather led Demopolis with 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Wesley Anderson and Demetrius Kemp each added 10 tackles for Demopolis. Montgomery paced the DHS offense with four catches for 74 yards.

10-5-2012 — Greenville, AL — Demopolis WR Brock Montgomery (84) hauls in a touchdown pass from Tucker Jones during the Tigers victory over Greenville High School. (Michael Clements/The West Alabama Watchman)

Greenville’s Kent Riley led all rushers with 123 yards on 22 carries.

Demopolis (6-0, 4-0) will host Sumter Central next week while Greenville (2-4, 2-2) travels to Selma.