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Interception seals Hillcrest win

Hillcrest’s Jertavious Sanders (20) attempts to outmaneuver Demopolis’ Bobby Tayler (4) on a run during the Patriots’ win over the Tigers on Thursday night in Demopolis. (Photo by Michael Clements)

DEMOPOLIS | Jordan Robertson picked off the pass that sealed the victory for Hillcrest in a 21-13 road win at Demopolis on Thursday night.

After the Tigers forced a stop to get the ball back with 2:20 remaining in the game, Robertson picked off a pass and returned it 26 yards to the Demopolis 4 with only 2:03 left on the clock to end Demopolis’ scoring threat.

Hillcrest took the lead in the third quarter when Joshua Mayhand caught a 23-yard Riley Nix pass for a touchdown. The Keanua Gueler extra point put Hillcrest ahead 14-13. Hillcrest later added a 25-yard touchdown run by Torrian Riley, stretching its lead to 21-13.

Hillcrest scored the game’s opening touchdown in the first quarter when Charles Bester Jr. found the end zone on an 8-yard run.

Demopolis evened the score in the second when Tucker Jones hooked up with Rodney Harper for a 25-yard touchdown pass then took the advantage into halftime after Demetrius Kemp returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 13-7.

"We had some opportunities in the first half and didn’t cash in on them. We came out and said we were going to establish the run in the second half. The kids did that," said Hillcrest head coach Scott Martin. "Torrian Riley came in and ran the ball for Charles Bester. Charles kind of got tweaked a little bit in the calf. Torrian came in and ran the ball extremely hard in the second half. It was nice to have fresh legs in the second half."

Said Demopolis head coach Tom Causey, "I think Hillcrest made some adjustments. We still had plays available to us. We just didn’t make those plays."

Riley led all rushers with 85 yards on 12 carries. Kemp had 10 total tackles in addition to his interception return touchdown for Demopolis.

Demopolis (8-2) hosts Sylacauga in the first round of the AHSAA Class 5A playoffs next week while Hillcrest (6-4) travels to Mountain Brook for the opening round of the Class 6A bracket.