Demopolis no match for juggernaut Aggies
Fri. October 26, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. | By Jeremy D. Smith
JACKSON | Demopolis High School struggled with Jackson’s big-play ability in a 34-7 loss Friday night as the Aggies clinched the Class 5A, Region 3 crown and their 24th straight win.
The Aggies scored the game’s first points when Matthew Jordan connected with Jarren Johnson for a 38-yard touchdown strike with 5:59 to play in the first quarter, putting Jackson up 6-0.
Demopolis appeared poised to respond when it drove the ball 60 yards in 10 plays to get down to the Jackson 15. LaKendrick James halted the Tigers’ threat when he picked off a Demopolis pass at his own 3.
“I thought two or three times in the first half we got the ball down in the red zone and we made mistakes and it cost us scoring opportunities,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey said. “When you’re playing them, as good as they are defensively and as explosive as they are on offense, when you get your opportunities you’ve got to make them.”
The Aggies proceeded to go 97 yards on two plays, hitting D’ersie Jemison on a 43-yard pass and then finding Jordan on a 54-yard scoring pass from Caleb Anderson. The two-point conversion run by Ledarrius Bowe made it 14-0 Jackson.
With 3:31 to go in the second quarter, Jordan went over the top to Johnson again for a 48-yard score to stretch the lead to 21-0.
Demopolis’ best opportunity to get back in the game before halftime came with just 15 seconds left in the second quarter when defensive lineman Kessy Bell intercepted a pass at the Jackson 35. The Tigers proved unable to score, heading into the break down 21-0.
Anderson later hit Cody Cabaniss on a scoring pass to up the advantage to 28-0. Jackson extended its lead again with 1:13 left in the third when Anderson found Devonte’ Bush for a 55-yard catch-and-run.
Demopolis got its lone touchdown when Tucker Jones scored on a 6-yard run to punctuate a 10-play, 63-yard drive with 2:51 to go in the game.
Demopolis (8-1) will host Hillcrest next Thursday night, while Jackson (9-0) travels to Thomasville.