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