Demopolis rushes for 300 yards in rout of Jemison

Jayjerrin Craig breaks into the open on a touchdown run against Jemison High School.

Jayjerrin Craig breaks into the open on a touchdown run against Jemison High School.

DEMPOPOLIS — Five different players scored as Demopolis tallied 312 yards on the ground in a 49-6 rout of Class 5A, Region 4 foe Jemison Friday night.

“You won the ball game tonight because of what you did all week long in practice,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey told his team following the game.

A.J. Collier (21) and Rahmeel Cook (44) bring down a Jemison High School ball carrier.

A.J. Collier (21) and Rahmeel Cook (44) bring down a Jemison High School ball carrier.

After pitching a three-and-out and then muffing the ensuing punt to open the game, Demopolis settled in and made virtually no mistakes the remainder of the contest. The Tigers drove 62 yards for their first score of the game, punctuating the march on a 5-yard touchdown run by Drew Jones that was set up by a 36-yard pass from Logan McVay to Antonio Mackins.

“If we start playing for each other instead of for ourselves, then we’ll have a good football team,” Causey said of his squad. “We’re not there yet, but we took a step in the right direction tonight.”

On its next possession Demopolis covered 73 yards in six plays and scored on a 16-yard run by Rashad Lynch, putting Demopolis up 14-0.

Demopolis then went on a stretch in which it tallied three touchdowns and 145 yards on its next three plays.

Logan McVay breaks into the open field on a touchdown run against Jemison High School.

Logan McVay breaks into the open field on a touchdown run against Jemison High School.

McVay went ran 67 yards to paydirt on a quarterback keeper for the first of the Tigers’ one-play drives, stretching the lead to 21-0. McVay then repeated the performance from 22 yards out on the next possession. Jayjerrin Craig then took his only rush of the night 56 yards to the end zone for the lone play of a drive that left it 35-0 in favor of Demopolis.

Jones capped the first half scoring with a 23-yard run that culminated a three-play, 29-yard drive and sent the Tigers to the half with a 42-0 lead.

Jamarcus Ezell kept it himself on third down during his lone series of the third quarter, sprinting 55 yards to the end zone to cap the Demopolis scoring.

Jemison got its lone score of the night with 6:17 remaining when Rashaun Daniel ran 17 yards for a touchdown against a defensive unit of Tiger reserves.

Drew Jones crosses the goal line for his first touchdown of the night against Jemison High School.

Drew Jones crosses the goal line for his first touchdown of the night against Jemison High School.

McVay led all rushers with 94 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Rahmeel Cook led a trio of defensive lineman with double-digit tackle tallies as he had 13 total stops and two sacks on the night. Tim Bonner had 10 tackles with a forced fumble and two tackles for loss. Tyler Colburn had 10 tackles including three for loss and a sack.

“They freed our backers up and they made a lot of plays in the backfield,” Causey said of the play of his defensive line.

Demopolis (2-1, 2-0) is set to travel to Helena next week while Jemison (2-2, 1-1) visits Calera.

Derrick Birl breaks up a pass intended for a Jemison High School receiver.

Derrick Birl breaks up a pass intended for a Jemison High School receiver.