Sweet Water shellacks Millry to claim Region 1 crown

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.

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.

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.

Sweet Water ground game pounds Linden

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A swarming Dawg “ D” pushes back Linden’s Graderius Brown.

Sweet Water relied almost exclusively on its traditionally powerful ground attack to wrest away a key Region 1 win over Linden Friday night. The Bulldogs scored 21 consecutive points over a stretch of 19:05 of game time to anchor a 42-20 victory.

With the game knotted at 14 late in the second quarter, Jonah Smith hit Chastian Washington for a 49-yard touchdown strike to give the Bulldogs the lead. Deshawn Blanks added the PAT to set the advantage at 21-14.

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Bulldog Jacory Brown (40) leads Shamar Lewis (6) en route to a second half TD.

Shamar Lewis contributed an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to move it to 28-14. Luke Davis then picked off a Patriot pass in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown to move the lead to 35-14.

Kevin Green scored on a 7-yard run with 4:58 to play to narrow the deficit to 35-20 and keep Linden in the game. Lewis iced the game on a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:10 to go in the contest.

Jaylon Williamson opened the scoring with 4:05 remaining in the first quarter when he found the end zone on a 6-yard sprint to put Sweet Water up 7-0. Grady Brown later hit Green for an 8-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 7-7. Williamson put Sweet Water up 14-7 on a 17-yard run with 4:53 to go in the second quarter. Brown later found Green again for a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game once more.

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Patriot Graderius Brown (5) leaps over Bulldog defender Shamar Lewis deep in Sweet Water territory.

Linden had 367 yards of total offense but was ultimately felled, in part, by its lack of ball control. The Patriots threw two interceptions and fumbled four times though they only lost one such miscue. The Pats also incurred eight penalties for 60 yards.

Sweet Water amassed 295 yards rushing to buoy a 344-yard offensive night. Lewis totaled 128 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Williamson added 83 yards and two touchdowns on 13 runs.

Green hauled in four passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Isaiah Scott caught four passes for 96 yards. Scott also intercepted a pass for the Linden defense. Trent Sams had one INT for the Sweet Water defense.

Sweet Water (4-1, 4-0) travels to McIntosh next Friday night. Linden (3-3, 2-2) hosts A.L. Johnson.

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Sweet Water WR Chastian Washington (22) hauls in a Jonah Smith pass for a 3rd Quarter TD.

Demopolis steamrolls Dallas County for Region 3 victory

10-6-17 — Plantersville, Ala. — Demopolis’ Demetrius Davis hauls in a 15-yard TD reception from Andrew Patterson during the Tigers’ area win over the Dallas County Hornets.

PLANTERSVILLE – In a game that saw 29 points scored before Dallas County’s offense took the field for the very first time, Demopolis moved one step closer to a Class 5A, Region 3 title. The Tigers waxed the Hornets 59-6 Friday in a contest that ended with a running clock.

Demopolis opened the scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run by A.J. Jackson with 10:39 remaining on the first quarter clock. Jackson added the conversion run to push it to 8-0.

10-6-17 — Plantersville, Ala. — Demopolis’ Tavian Brown (25) and Fred Haywood bring down a Dallas County runner during the Tigers’ region win over the Hornets.

Undaunted, fleet-footed 5-6 senior Calvin Starks scooped the ensuing kickoff on the bounce and bolted 90 yards for a touchdown to cut it to 8-6. Alexander Besteder blocked the extra point attempt to preserve the lead.

“I was happy with the way our offense and the defense played. They played extremely well. I guess the biggest disappointment was probably kickoff,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Tonight, we gave up a couple of returns that got over 50. (Starks) is a good little runner. We didn’t do a good job of tackling. We didn’t do a good job of staying in our lanes.”

All illusions of a competitive contest quickly dissipated thereafter. Demopolis hit a 55-yard pass to Tyquan Alston to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Antonio Besteder. Jackson’s conversion run made it 16-6.

Tyler Hale pounced on a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to put Demopolis in striking distance of an early blowout. Jackson later scored on a run from five yards out to move it to 23-6. Dallas County then sent its offense onto the field for the first time to little avail. Demopolis quickly shut down the Hornets and handed the ball back to Andrew Patterson, who found DeDe Davis in the end zone with 2:20 left in the opening frame to set it at 30-6.

10-6-17 — Plantersville, Ala. — Demopolis’ Alexander Besteder looks for running room during the Tigers’ area win over the Dallas County Hornets.

Things got no better for the Hornets as Alexander Besteder added a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter ahead of Antonio Besteder’s 80-yard scoring run. Antonio Besteder than scored on a 16-yard run in the third quarter before Peyton Stevenson punched it in from 10 yards out in the fourth.

“Having the week off to prepare, we added a few more wrinkles here. We’ve got some other stuff we’re working on. I felt like our kids came out of the locker room ready to play,” Seymore said.

Antonio Besteder paced the Tigers with 148 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Jackson finished with 86 yards and two scores on eight rushes. Alston caught two passes for 88 yards. Patterson was 8 for 12 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Demopolis amassed 481 yards of total offense while allowing the Hornets to gain only 40 yards.

The Tigers (5-1, 4-0) can clinch the Class 5A, Region 3 title next Friday with a win over Sumter Central.

“We’re looking forward to it. Obviously we’ve got a storm coming in, but we’ll play that by ear,” Seymore said. “I think our kids will come with a workmanlike attitude and go to work, make sure we work on the little things, and try to get better each and every week.”

10-6-17 — Plantersville, Ala. — Demopolis’ Antonio Besteder breaks free on an 80-yard touchdown run during the Tigers’ area win over the Dallas County Hornets.

Panthers pummel Pirates for region win

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Marengo RB Alphonzo Lewis (3) breaks to the outside for a big gain against the Pirates.

DIXON’S MILLS – Marengo fought through a sluggish start to drill Class 1A, Region 1 foe Fruitdale 52-0 Thursday night. The Panthers leaned on their predictably strong ground attack to anchor the offensive attack. Junior tailback Alphonzo Lewis proved electric for the Panthers again, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Lewis also returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score. Calvin Ferguson ran for two touchdowns and five two-point conversions.

Quindaris Ausbon rushed seven times for 58 yards. Deldrick Bouler had three rushes for 44 yards. Phelix Hosea ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Bouler finished with eight tackles and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. Ronald Bouler finished with eight tackles and a sack. Devin Harris had five tackles and a sack. Kevian Cade notched six tackles and a sack.

Marengo (4-2, 3-1) is set to host J.F. Shields next Friday night.

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Panther QB Quindaris Ausbon splits two Pirate defenders and runs for a first down.

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Marengo defenders Deldrick Bouler (21) and Johnny Kennedy (53) pull down the Fruitdale RB.

Offense, special teams lift Linden over Washington County

09-29-17 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Isaiah Scott (1) returns a punt 65 yards for a touchdown late in Friday night’s game against Washington County. The Patriots went on to win by a final score of 49-34. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

LINDEN — The Bulldogs of Washington County set the tone early in the opening drive Friday night against Linden as a high snap sailed over the punter and through the back of the end zone in a fourth-and-long situation, giving Linden the early 2-0 lead.

Once ahead, the Patriots never looked back, upending the Bulldogs 49-34.

After an early start, the Pats went on to return the ensuing free kick 60 yards, making it 9-0 with only 2:35 off the clock.

“It was nice for us to get ahead quick, but what I stressed to my guys is that we couldn’t let up,” said first-year Linden head coach Demetrice Jackson.

Washington County answered with a Cade Glass quarterback sneak from a yard out, making it 9-7 at the 7:44 mark.

Douglas Johnson would give the Pats their next score on a 3-yard rush. A failed PAT made it 15-6 with 3:46 to play in the opening period.

Senior Isaiah Scott then pulled in a 54-yard pass from Graderius Brown, giving Linden a solid 21-6 lead with only 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, the ‘Dawgs found the end zone from 6 yards out and successfully converted a two-point conversion, making it 21-14 in the second quarter.

An ensuing onside kick attempt recovered by Linden gave the good guys the ball at their own 36.

A series of turnovers would see Linden’s Brown fumble, giving Washington County the ball on their own 46. Linden’s Markell Williams then intercepted a Glass toss on the ‘Dawgs 41-yard line. Driving again, Linden fumbled and Washington County recovered on their own 32, but would not find their way to six as Timothy Thurman went up to intercept a pass on the Pats’ own 42-yard line.

A fourth-and-2 attempt by Linden failed and gave WCHS possession on the 50-yard line.

09-29-17 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Timothy Thurman Jr., (24) looks for running room in Friday night’s game against Washington County. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Glass once again found the end zone from a yard out, tying it up at 21 all with 2:23 to play in the opening half, but the Pats would have none of that. Kevin Green took it 55 yards for a touchdown, and with a successful PAT, the Patriots went to the locker room with a 7-point lead at 28-21.

“We wanted to come out tonight and put together a good showing in all three phases of the game—offense, defense, and special teams. I feel like we were able to do that,” said Jackson.

Linden took the opening kick of the second half but came up empty-handed, and allowing Washington County to again tie the game at 28 when Glass scored on a 17-yard run.

Three minutes later, a 30-yard pass from Brown to Scott on a 4th-and-one from the 30 put the Pats back on top at 34-28.

The final period saw Linden score twice, once on a 7-yard rush from Brown, and again on a 65-yard punt return by Scott.

Washington County rounded out scoring for the night on a 14-yard touchdown run, finalizing the game at 49-34.

“I think our kids were up for the competition tonight, especially after we lost last week to Millry,” said Jackson.

Linden (3-2, 2-1) travels to face region foe Sweet Water (3-1, 3-0) next Friday.

“We’ll enjoy this one tonight, but it’s back to work for us on Monday,” said Jackson.

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