DHS wins again, moves to 3-0
DHS wins again, moves to 3-0
The Demopolis Tigers have done it again, this time blowing out the Dallas County Hornets in yet another shutout, 69-0, at Memorial Stadium.
After the Tigers won the coin toss, they deferred to the second half and let the Hornets have first possession.
And again, the defense was the key to the game for Demopolis.
After a sack and a one-yard loss, Ezell Braxton came roaring in and sacked Derrick McGhee to start off the game with a safety and a 2-0 Demopolis lead.
“The defense set the tone with the early safety which opened it up for the offense as well,” Tigers’ head coach Doug Goodwin said. “Dallas County played well, but we didn’t expect to blow them away.”
McGhee left the game with an apparent shoulder injury, leaving the quarterback duties to freshman Jacob Paxton.
When the Tigers received the ball, Devin Goodwin connected with Colby Roberts on the seventh play of the drive for a 16-yard touchdown pass, building the lead to 9-0.
On the Tigers second possession of the game and eighth play of the drive, Goodwin handed the ball off to William Burrell, who carried it in 15 yards for a touchdown.
After Goodwin missed on the extra point attempt, Demopolis led 15-0 with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
On the third possession of the game for Demopolis, Goodwin handed off to Dontrell Miller, who took the ball 11 yards for the touchdown and a 22-0 lead with 9:45 remaining in the first half.
After the Tigers kicked off, the Hornets’ Brandon England fumbled the ball and Demopolis recovered at the 15-yard line.
With a quick Goodwin to Bart Pettus connection for a six-yard gain, Rod Jones carried the ball in nine yards for the touchdown.
At this point, Demopolis led in the affair 29-0 with 8:46 left in the first half.
On the following drive for Dallas County, Chad Schroeder picked off a pass at the 29-yard line.
“It feels real good and it was supposed to be a really tough game, but we executed well and got on them early and they gave up early,” Schroeder said. “The two picks felt good, their quarterback was throwing it up to that big tall receiver, so what coach Pittman said all week really paid off.”
However, the Tigers were forced to punt the ball to the Hornets after failing to pick up a first down.
Schroeder got his second interception of the game moments later to give Demopolis possession at the 24-yard line.
After multiple flags for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Tigers, Goodwin connected with Schroeder for a 58-yard touchdown pass, increasing the Demopolis lead to 36-0 with 50 seconds remaining in the first half.
“From my point of view, it was obvious the Dallas County played was trying to twist Chad’s ankle, so that’s why Chad kicked at him and threw the ball,” defensive coordinator Freddie Lawrence said.
The score remained the same at halftime.
But Demopolis didn’t stop there, coming out hot in the third quarter and looking to build an even bigger lead over the Hornets.
On the first possession of the second half for Demopolis, Goodwin completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Miller with 9:59 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers lead increased to 42-0 and it didn’t end there.
On the following possession for the Hornets, Demopolis forced yet another turnover when Miller intercepted a short pass and returned it 19 yards for the touchdown and a 49-0 Tigers lead.
“I felt like I really helped the team out tonight,” Miller said. “It feels really good to win a game like this against a good team.”
With the Hornets looking down and defeated, Dalton Anthony came in to relieve Paxton of his quarterback duties, only to be nailed on his first touch of the football for a two-yard loss.
The following play resulted in another interception by Miller, who out-jumped the highly touted Michael Johnson to give the Tigers possession at the 44-yard line.
“I’m sure that Michael is a very fine athlete one-on-one, but there’s not much he can do when he’s swarmed by six or seven Tigers,” Lawrence said.
And once again, Goodwin came to life with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Dwiuan White on the fifth play of the drive.
The lead now stood at 56-0 with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter.
And the pounding didn’t stop, with Demopolis again forcing a turnover when the Hornets fumbled the kickoff.
Vincent Jackson quickly pounced on the ball to give the ball back to the Tigers at the 19-yard line.
On the first play of the drive and Kyle Chancelor in at quarterback, Calvin Bryant ran it in for the touchdown, increasing the Demopolis lead to 62-0.
When the Hornets returned the kickoff to the 26-yard line, the very first play resulted in another pick for Miller, making it 1st and 10 Demopolis at the 17-yard line.
Bryant followed with a quick run into the endzone and the final score of the game for the Tigers, brining the lead to 69-0 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
The remainder of the game was all second and third string on both sides of the ball for Demopolis.
The best defensive outing of the season was a great 31st birthday gift for Lawrence, giving him the most interceptions in the last three years.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Tigers celebrated another shutout and a huge victory over Dallas County.
“The pass and the run were both strong efforts and the crowd was great tonight,” coach Goodwin said. “We are looking forward to facing Livingston on the road because we know they always have good talent and we’ll have to get off to a good start.”