Selma starting running back Adam Bruno runs in a game against Saraland High School last season. The Saints lost to Demopolis 42-19 last season and have not defeated the Tigers since 1994. In six meetings since then, Selma has been outscored 217-105.--File Photo
Selma starting running back Adam Bruno runs in a game against Saraland High School last season. The Saints lost to Demopolis 42-19 last season and have not defeated the Tigers since 1994. In six meetings since then, Selma has been outscored 217-105.-- File Photo

Friday night previews: Selma focuses in on Demopolis

Published 5:33pm Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Selma head coach Leroy Miles said his team should be fired up for Friday night’s contest with the Tigers, considering Selma hasn’t defeated Demopolis in 19 years.

“The kids should be up for the game. I don’t think we have beat Demopolis since 1994 and I was here then as the offensive coordinator and I can’t remember us beating them since then,” Miles said. “That’s enough said. We haven’t beaten them in 19 years. I think it’s time to make that change.”

Selma is 0-6 against the Tigers since the 34-13 win in 1994 and many of the games haven’t been that close.  In the six meetings since then, Demopolis has outscored the Saints 217-105, an average score of 36-17.

“Demopolis has a great program. They have tradition. They’ve won a state championship within the last four or five years,” Miles said. “Coach [Tom] Causey is one of my mentors, one of the guys I call to consult with time to time on kids and how you deal with certain situations and he’s a mentor of mine.”

Miles said that the Tigers have 11 guys that are “doing what they are supposed to” on the field, which leads to a lot of success.

On film, that’s what impresses him the most about Demopolis.

“They’ve got a real good defense and good offense,” Miles said. “Their quarterback is a real smart guy that puts them in good situations all the time.”

Demopolis’ quarterback, Tyler Oates, has had a great start to the season. Oates was 8 of 12 for 120 yards passing in the Tigers’ opener against ACA and last week threw a 72-yard touchdown to receiver Demetrius Kemp for the Tigers only touchdown in their 24-10 loss to Saraland.

The winner of this game will have a leg up in Class 5A, Region 3 where it looks like a tight playoff race will unfold. Either Demopolis or Selma will be 2-1 in the region after a win Friday, pushing them into the top four of the standings heading into week four action.


No. 2 Tuscaloosa at Morgan

The Knights went undefeated last season on their way to a state championship in AISA class AAA and now travel to take on a Morgan team coming off of a 27-24 loss to Wilcox Academy.

The Senators will likely be without starting quarterback Dalton Lee, who hurt his shoulder in last week’s contest. Harrison Adams will likely start under center.

Morgan Academy trailed in the third quarter 27-3 to Wilcox, but the Senators came to life rattling off 21 consecutive points. With the ball at the Wilcox 16-yard line, a fourth and four attempt failed when Adams’ pass was incomplete.

Last season, Tuscaloosa defeated Morgan 42-7.


Dallas County at Handley

The Hornets (1-2) struggled offensively in a 14-6 loss to Beulah last week, but are hoping to bounce back this week against Handley (1-2).

The Tigers lost 56-28 to Beauregard and Childersburg 21-13. The one win this season for Handley was over regional rival Holtville 35-14.

Dallas County will look to pick up its first regional victory of the season.

Last season Handley defeated Dallas County 53-0.


Autaugaville at Ellwood Christian

Last week, Ellwood Christian (2-1) upset rival Keith 26-20 in Orrville to show that they are one of the teams to beat in Class 1A, Region 3.

Quarterback Jalen Furlow made spectacular plays in the rushing game, running for 112 yards on 23 carries, while also throwing a touchdown pass.

Autaugaville  lost to Lanett in week one, before defeating Akron 22-6 and Billinglsey 26-20 over the last few weeks.

Last season, Ellwood defeated Autaugaville 26-12.


W. S. Neal at Southside

The Panthers fell to Straughn 35-6 last week to fall to 1-1 in region play. W. S. Neal, also at 1-1 after beating Cottage Hill 48-2. Like the Panthers, W. S. Neal’s one region loss came to Straughn in a 21-8 defeat.

The winner of this game will be in good position in Class 3A, Region 1 going into week four. The winner of this game would solidify their spot in the top four of the region standings.

Southside lost to W. S. Neal 54-6 last season.


Keith at Holy Spirit

After falling at home for only the second time in the last three seasons last week, Keith travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Holy Spirit. The Bears trailed Ellwood Christian most of the second half last week, but had the ball with a chance to win at the end of the game and couldn’t find the endzone.

The Titans are still looking for their first area victory of the season following a 56-13 defeat to Akron last week.

Last season, Keith defeated Holy Spirit 51-6.


Meadowview Christian at Chambers

The Trojans nearly won their first game of the season against Eastwood Christian last week in a 13-12 loss.

Meadowview is limited in depth, but will hope for another big day from running back Carstella Hayes.

Chambers defeated Ashford Academy 28-11 last week, after scoring only 17 points combined the previous two weeks in losses to Crenshaw Christian and Abbeville Christian.

Last season, Meadowview dominated Chambers 67-7, but in 2011 Chambers defeated the Trojans 52-0.

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