Selma defense stops Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 14, 2004

It seemingly doesn’t matter who plays for Rod West Sr., his defensive scheme works well with just about anyone.

West coached the Selma Broncos 9-10-year-old All-Stars to a dominating 60-0 beating of the Demopolis Bulldogs in the first of two meetings between the teams, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The two squads will face off again next Saturday in Demopolis.

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West coached the Broncos to the Selma Parks and Recreation Department 9-10 Youth Football League title with a defense that recorded seven shutouts in nine games and surrendered just 20 points all season.

If the Broncos play as well next week as they did Saturday, home field advantage won’t do the Bulldogs much good.

The Selma defense held Demopolis to minus-12 yards total offense in the first half.

On the other hand, the Broncos rolled through the Demopolis defense almost at will. Selma scored on its first four possessions, using just one play in each possession, to open a 32-0 lead before the Bulldogs even knew what hit them.

After the Selma defense held Demopolis to three plays and out, Broncos’ running back Mario Oliver broke a series of tackled and rumbled to a 43-yard touchdown run. Quintravis Johnson ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Demopolis had little success moving the football on its next drive and, in fact, lost nine yards on three plays.

The Broncos rolled to a 16-0 lead when Rodney Ellis scored on a 65-yard run around the right end. Curtis McNeil added the two-point conversion run.

On its ensuing drive, Demopolis was once again unable to move the ball.

Selma showed the Bulldogs how it’s done when Johnson turned the left corner and ran 62 yards for yet another score. DeMarquis Lumpkin’s two-point run gave the Broncos a 24-0 lead with 4:38 before halftime.

The Broncos scored again before halftime on a 22-yard run by Ellis and a two-pointer from McNeil to up their lead to 32-0 at the half.

Selma finally was forced to remain on the field for a longer drive – three plays in all – in the third quarter, but the result didn’t change.

Jesse Harris capped the drive with a 45-yard run around the left end and the Broncos stretched their lead to 38-0.

The Selma defense got into the scoring act on the next drive when Irving Smith intercepted a pass and returned the pick 37 yards for the touchdown. Jeremy Crum added the two-point run to make it 46-0.

Justin Jordan added a 36-yard scoring run off left tackle and Tavarius Murry scored on a 63-yard run to put the game away.

“It seemed we were just better prepared and had better athletes,” West said after his team dismantled the Bulldogs. “We had more competition in our league compared to them.

“I try to put the best athletes in the best positions,” West added. “We’ve got a blitz that causes mass confusion.”

Jordan, playing from his inside linebacker position, was the master of the mass confusion.

Jordan kept constant pressure on the Demopolis quarterback and came through with a trio of quarterback sacks on the day. In all, the Selma defense came up with eight tackles for a loss.