Demopolis continues dominance over SelmaPublished 12:42am Saturday, September 21, 2013
For some reason, Demopolis continues to have Selma’s number.
The Tigers won their seventh consecutive game over the Saints Friday night at Memorial Stadium, in a dominating 35-12 victory to bounce back from a surprising loss the week before.
Demopolis rushing attack racked up 239 yards, while not turning the ball over and forcing Selma to drive the length of the field to get on the scoreboard.
The Tigers Demetrius Kemp scored three rushing touchdowns and Demopolis was able to hold Selma’s rushing attack in check.
After the game, Selma head coach Leroy Miles was already ready to put the loss behind him. He pointed out that his team had already taken a big loss earlier this year to Jackson and bounced back with a big win the following week.
“We took a loss like this early in the year and we bounced back,” Selma head coach Leroy Miles said. “You’re measured by how you get back up, not how you get knocked down. We will see what kind of character we’ve got.”
Friday night’s game was all Demopolis, right from the early going. The Tigers opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run by King with 2:53 remaining in the first quarter. With their defense holding Selma in check, Demopolis’ offense went back to work midway through the second quarter. On a third and goal at the Selma 6-yard line, King ran for a touchdown on a reverse to make the score 14-0 Tigers.
A big drive by the Saints before halftime seemed to swing momentum in Selma’s way right before halftime. Saints quarterback Jesse Boggs threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lekedrich Rogers — who made an incredible circus catch — to get Selma within 14-6 with 2:12 remaining in the second quarter.
The Saints defense held Demopolis to a three and out on the Tigers next possession and Selma threatened to score again before halftime, but ran out of time with the ball on the Demopolis 31-yard line.
Miles felt his team was prepared to capitalize on their momentum in the second half.
“Going into the halftime, I thought we were gaining a little bit of the momentum,” Miles said. “We came out and couldn’t move the ball offensively like we should have. We just kind of set in and they ran the ball and were able to move the ball up and down the field to run the clock out.”
The Tigers quickly forced the momentum back on their sideline in the third quarter. King ran in a 20-yard touchdown run on the Tigers second possession of the half, making the score 21-6. On the next ensuing play from Selma, Boggs left the game on a weird play where he fumbled, recovered and then was carried off by trainers. Miles believes his quarterback is okay, but he wasn’t clear on what the injury was. Boggs did not return to the game.
From there Kadarius Brown entered the game at quarterback and had some great runs, but his lack of playing time at the position showed. Demopolis sacked Brown numerous times, resulting in large losses that hurt Saints drives.
On the last play of the third quarter, Heath Stanford scored from five yards out to give Demopolis a 28-6 lead. The Tigers added one more score, a 15-yard run by Roderick Davis to give Demopolis a 35-6 lead. Davion Dubose scored a 40-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left to get Selma within 35-12, but there would no additional scores in the game.