Wildcats win in four 0Ts
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The Shelby County Wildcats picked up a huge region win on the road Friday night as the Wildcats defeated the Demopolis Tigers 48-42 in quadruple overtime.
Coach Ryan Herring described the 5A win as a big confidence booster.
In past meetings between Shelby County and Demopolis, the Wildcats had been overwhelmingly outscored and without a win.
After a defensive stalemate in the opening quarter, SCHS was the first to reach the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Aaron Hoard to tight end Daniel Watkins. SCHS failed to convert on the point after attempt.
The Wildcats went into the half leading 6-0.
In the third quarter the Tigers defense
capitalized on a Wildcat fumble to chalk up their first score of the night.
And after a Wildcat 2-yard touchdown run by Darion Sutton and successful 2-point conversion, Demopolis struck again on a 67- yard run by Tiger running back Shantrell Braxton.
Heading into the fourth quarter it was all square, 14-14.
Sutton and Braxton would reach the end zone again in the fourth quarter leaving the score knotted at 21-21 when the game clock struck zero.
&8220;I knew we could score on their defense&8221;, Herring said as his Wildcats entered into overtime.
&8220;I was praying that we could just make our extra points and our defense could make a stop.&8221;
In the first three over time stanzas, Herring saw his kicker go 3 for 3 on the point after attempts following Wildcat touchdowns.
In the fourth overtime the Wildcat defense gave him the stop he was looking for.
A wide right field goal try by Demopolis would give the Wildcats the opening they needed, and 5-yard scamper by Sutton would put the game on ice.
&8220;Our offense played hard all night&8221;, Herring said.
&8220;They made critical plays for us all night, especially on third downs.
When we needed a big play, they gave it to us.&8221;
The Wildcats concluded the night with 137 yards rushing and 94 yards passing on 8 for 21 attempts.
Tyrone Buie and Aaron Howard each threw for one touchdown.
Sutton, added to the offensive support by rushing for four touchdowns, finishing the night with 39 yards.
&8220;Darian stepped up and played really well for us Friday night.
He did a great job blocking for us and well as running the football&8221;, Herring said.
Defensively, the Wildcats won the turnover battle coming up with two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
&8220;We were a tougher football team&8221;, Herring said.
After the huge road win, SCHS hosts a big and athletic Chilton County Tigers team Friday night in what will be a pivotal game in regards to region play.
Chilton County is coming off of a big upset win over the ninth ranked McAdory Yellow Jackets last Friday