Talent showcased tonight

Marteze Jackson

Two teams with talented playmakers on both sides of the field will make for a great contest between Demopolis and Greenville.


Demopolis had an odd year in 2008 starting off with a 1-4 record, but the Tigers quickly pulled it together and won their last five regular season games to take their record to 6-4 with a 5-1 region record.

No such slow start this season with a 6-1 record and a 3-1 region record thus far.

Coach Tom Causey's Tigers defeated Greenville 48-41 last season to take the second seed in the state tournament while their rival settled for a third spot which meant a meeting with No. 2 Briarwood Christian. They lost the first round game 15-14, and they seem to have a score to settle.

Meanwhile, Demopolis made it to the third round of the playoffs and somehow managed to lose a 38-36 decision to Carver Montgomery in a game the Tigers and Causey would like to forget, or at least make amends in this season's playoffs.

Greenville could come away with the championship this week with a win over Demopolis, but if they should drop the game their opponent with a loss to Carver Montgomery would throw the region into a tiebreak or Chilton County could figure huge in the championship of region 3 next week for Greenville.

Coach Causey talked this week about the season and the upcoming showdown.

"We have had a great three weeks of really good practice," Causey said. "We have a really young offense. Our quarterback Ben Pettus (Jr. 6-1 160) has done a good job for us. We moved him to quarterback last year. This is Ben's best year. He misses some reads sometimes, but the team understands."

"This year our schedule is pretty tough."

Not only does Demopolis play in a tough region, but their non-region games are against 6A Wetumpka, 6A Hillcrest Tuscaloosa, 4A Fayette County and they finish the regular season against top-ranked 4A Thomasville.

"Greenville is one of the top teams in the South," Causey said. They have done a great job. They have a senior quarterback, best quarterback in our region (Ryan Smith). They have Kenneth Carter the Auburn commit. They have speed and size."

Demopolis has some good players as well. Tremaine Sanders (Sr. 5-10 265) at nose guard.

"They double-team him a lot, so his numbers aren't big, but he has played well for us."

"Michael Davis (Jr. 6-0 205) at linebacker, Anthony Hardy (Sr. 6-2 200) at safety. Offensively, Demarcus James (Jr. 5-10 200) at running back and Larry Cobb (Sr. 6-2 170) at wide receiver. Caleb Garrett (Sr. 6-3 220) on the offensive line."

Demopolis has Martaze Jackson (Sr. 6-2 215) on the defensive line.

"Tennessee was by this week to get film on him. He has interest from Alabama and Auburn. He has offers from South Alabama, Memphis, UAB, Arkansas State, Georgia State and Jacksonville State. He has handled it all really good."

Steven Foster plays left tackle for the Tigers, and at 6-4, 250 pounds is just a sophomore.

"He has great feet, and he can run," Causey said.

The coach spoke of playing this game on the road with some young players.

"We would rather be playing in our backyard, but we play well on the road. We need that big game experience in a hostile atmosphere because I think we will see them or Carver again in the second round. It is a great opportunity for us to get experience."

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