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Brantley whips Demons, 41-7

Holding on to their record scoring, the Brantley Bulldogs put a stop to the McIntosh Demons, sending them home after a whopping 41-7 trouncing.

Brantley was the first to put any points on the board as quarterback Chase Hall ran the ball in on a five-yard run around right end; Adam Hill’s PAT was good, and with 3:25 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 7-0.

The Demons couldn’t muster any offensive attack, allowing the Bulldogs to add another TD within four minutes into the second quarter. Devonte Porter scored on an 8-yard run with 8:40 left in the second. Hill’s kick added the extra point putting the Bulldogs up 14-0.

However, on the Demons’ next possession, they began an 8-play, 63-yard drive leading to their first and only points for the night. Rodney Hill scored on a one-yard run as he dove over a host of Bulldogs for the TD; Everett Horn added the PAT with 5:01 left in the first half, but the Bulldogs were still ahead by 7, and they never gave up that lead.

Brantley’s Teven Daniels recovered a fumble at the McIntosh 28 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Hall hit Porter with a short pass who then scored on a 28-yard run; the PAT was missed, and McIntosh headed into the locker rooms trailing the Bulldogs 20-7 at the half.

The second half was even better for the Bulldogs as McIntosh’s offense just couldn’t muster any yardage as the Brantley defense continued to stop their advances.

With 5:42 left in the third quarter, Brantley drove 57 yards in a 12-play drive as Tory Upshaw scored on a four-yard, fourth down pass from Hall. Adam Hill’s PAT split the uprights, and the Bulldogs added to their lead, 27-7.

The next Bulldog TD came on a 45-yard, 7 play drive as Hall threw an 18-yard pass to Devonte Porter with 29 seconds left in the third. Hill’s kick was good, and Brantley held a comfortable 34-7 lead.

Tevin Daniels grabbed a Jerome Haley pass and then ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 3 seconds left in the third quarter. Hill’s PAT was true, ending the scoring for the Bulldogs Friday night as they came away with a big 41-7 victory.

“Our kids came ready to play, and they played hard last week,” head coach David Lowery said.

On offense, Devonte Porter had 8 carries for 40 yards and one TD, Derek Holley had 13 carries for 49 yards, and Chase Hall had 14 carries for 37 yards and one TD. Receiving, Tory Upshaw had 6 catches for 61 yards and one TD; Devonte Porter had 3 catches for 58 yards and 2 TDs, and Adam Hill was 5 of 6 for PATs. Jared Hall had 3 punts for an average of 45 yards.

Tory Upshaw led the defense with 10 tackles, while Freeman Walker had 7 tackles, and Teven Daniels had 6 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception for a touchdown. Michael Walker and Cameron Wright had 6 tackles each.

This week, Brantley travels to Linden (12-0) in the AHSAA Class 1A quarterfinals.

“They’ve had 8 shutouts and have only given up 42 points all year, so we’ve got to figure out a way to get points on the board,” Lowery said. “They are extremely athletic and run the football real well, so we’ve got to make sure we stay on our blocks.”

Brantley School will have a bonfire and pep rally Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the baseball field. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday night at Linden.