Demopolis commits five turnovers in loss to Jackson

9-25-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - Marcus Wright returns a first quarter interception for a touchdown against Jackson.

9-25-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – Marcus Wright returns a first quarter interception for a touchdown against Jackson.

After a quick start and an early lead, Demopolis could scarcely get out of its own way during a 35-20 loss to No. 1 Jackson Friday night.

9-25-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - Drew Jones breaks a tackle against Jackson.

9-25-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – Drew Jones breaks a tackle against Jackson.

“We just fumbled,” Demopolis coach Stacy Luker said. “We put it on the ground four times, I think, and then we had an interception. You don’t beat a good football team turning it over five times and we got what we deserved.”

The Tigers forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and later opened the scoring when Marcus Wright returned an interception 42 yards for a score. Demopolis then launched an extensive drive that reached the Jackson 16 before Joshua Carpenter recovered a Tiger fumble. The Jackson offense marched 84 yards, allowing Michael Philips to score on a 2-yard run.

9-25-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - Keishaun Scott rumbles for a touchdown against Jackson.

9-25-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – Keishaun Scott rumbles for a touchdown against Jackson.

“We came up with a Pick-6, a couple of three-and-outs and we launch a great drive, a staple drive for us and just threw it on the ground. I think it was first down. We threw it on the ground on first down and then four more ensued after that,” Luker said. “We had five turnovers tonight.”

Jalem King put Jackson up to stay with 11:07 to go in the second quarter when he scooped and scored from 59 yards out.

9-25-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - R.J. Cox hangs on for a shoestring tackle as Marcus Wright closes in.

9-25-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – R.J. Cox hangs on for a shoestring tackle as Marcus Wright closes in.

Keishaun Scott scored on a 26-yard run to narrow his team’s deficit to 14-13 in the second quarter. Jackson added to the lead when Demarcus Williams found Tayler Jackson with 3:04 left in the half to make it 21-13. Scottie Ridgeway then pounced on a Demopolis fumble to set up a quick strike to Kendarian Handy and give the Aggies a 28-13 halftime lead.

Williams added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter while McVay cashed in a 1-yard plunge to cap the scoring.

Scott led Demopolis in rushing with 50 yards on eight carries. R.J. Cox had seven tackles on defense. Wright had an interception and a fumble recovery to go along with five tackles.

Demopolis (4-1, 3-0) returns to region play Thursday when it travels to Sumter Central.

9-25-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - Khyrim Bryant (52), R.J. Cox (bottom) and Travares Hall (right) combine to stop a Jackson runner.

9-25-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – Khyrim Bryant (52), R.J. Cox (bottom) and Travares Hall (right) combine to stop a Jackson runner.

SCORE BY QUARTER 

JHS 7 21 7 0 35

DHS 7  6 0 7 20
SCORING SUMMARY 
DHS – 1ST – 9:12 – MARCUS WRIGHT 42 INTERCEPTION RETURN (R.J. COX KICK) 0-7
JHS – 1ST – 58.0 – MICHAEL PHILLIPS 2 RUN (MILLER MCHARGUE KICK) – 7-7
JHS – 2ND – 11:07 – JALEM KING 59 FUMBLE RETURN (MILLER MCHARGUE KICK) – 14-7
DHS – 2ND – 8:15 – KEISHAUN SCOTT 26 RUN (KICK FAIL) – 14-13
JHS – 2ND – 3:04 – TAYLER JACKSON 29 PASS FROM DEMARCUS WILLIAMS (MILLER MCHARGUE KICK) – 21-13
JHS – 2ND – 1:00 – KENDARIAN HANDY 14 PASS FROM DEMARCUS WILLIAMS (MILLER MCHARGUE KICK) – 28-13
JHS – 3RD – 7:25 – DEMARCUS WILLIAMS 5 RUN (MILLER MCHARGUE KICK) – 35-13
DHS – 4TH – 2:110 – LOGAN MCVAY 1 RUN (R.J. COX KICK) – 35-20
YARDSTICK
JACKSON
FIRSTS – 10
RUSH – 27-98
PASS – 9-18-186
TOTAL – 284
FUMBLES – 2/1
INTS – 1
PENALTIES – 7-75
PUNTS – 5-35.0
DEMOPOLIS
FIRSTS – 13
RUSH – 43-210
PASS – 2-17-30
TOTAL – 240
FUMBLES – 5/4
INTS – 1
PENALTIES – 5-38.5
PUNTS – 3-32.3