The Athens Review
The Malakoff Tigers put together an impressive showing Friday night against the winless Kemp Yellowjackets in a 53-7 thumping at Tigers Stadium.
With the win, coach Jamie Driskell's Tigers are now 7-1 on the season and 3-1 in District 7-2A, Division I play. The Tigers will have next week off before a road game at Quitman on Nov. 1.
Coach Greg Anderson's team is now 0-7 on the year and 0-3 in district play. The Yellowjackets will host Quitman next week in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
With the 53 points score Friday night, the Malakoff Tigers are now the second highest scoring team in school history with 432 points scored in the regular season. The 1990 Tigers team leads the way with 440 points scored in 12 games.
The Tigers defense was unstoppable against the running attack of the Yellowjackets as they held them to no yards rushing on 31 attempts. Malakoff meanwhile had two runners rush for more than 100 yards as Damontes Dowell had 13 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
Marcus Dowell finished with six carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus led off the scoring with a 49 run touchdown run after the Tigers recovered the opening kickoff on an onside kick. Omar Gonzalez then kicked the PAT good with 11:45 remaining in the quarter.
The Yellowjackets then put together a nine-play, 68-yard drive capped off by a 23-yard touchdown reception from Corey Watkins to Braxton Allison. Forest Summerhill booted the PAT to tie the game at 7-7. Later in the first half, Watkins was blasted on a rushing play by Marcus Dowell and was unable to return to the game in the second half.
Damontes Dowell then went to work and scored back-to-back touchdowns from three and 25 yards out to put the Tigers' ahead 21-7 with 1:55 remaining in the first half.
Malakoff then recorded their first safety of the game as Kemp was unable to control the snap and the ball was fumbled out of the end zone with 1:19 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers continued to put the pressure on Kemp in the second half as Damontes Dowell scored from 21 and 58 yards, while Marcus Dowell added a 12-yard touchdown.
Teammate Dariuhn Jackson rounded out the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown with 4:17 remaining for the 53-7 finale.
Kemp was led in rushing by Olice Rogers with 12 carries for 26 yards. Watkins finished the game 6-of-10 passing for 68 yards.
Malakoff also had five fumbles in the game, losing four of them to Kemp. The Yellowjackets had three fumbles, two of them being lost to Malakoff.
Malakoff 53, Kemp 7
Kemp 7 0 0 0 — 7
Malakoff 14 9 16 14 — 53
M — Marcus Dowell 49 run (Omar Gonzalez kick) 11:45
K — Braxton Allison 23 from Corey Watkins (Forest Summerhill kick) 8:36
M — Damontes Dowell 3 run (Gonzalez kick) 7:18
M — D. Dowell 25 run (Gonzalez kick) 1:18
M — Safety (ball fumbled out of endzone) 1:19
M— D. Dowell 21 run (Gonzalez kick) 10:27
M — Safety (punt blocked in endzone) 2:29
M — D. Dowell 58 run (Gonzalez kick) 2:07
M — M. Dowell 12 run (Gonzalez kick) 6:14
M — Dariuhn Jackson 11 run (Gonzalez kick) 4:17
First downs 6 19
Rush-yards 31-0 31-385
Passing yards 98 67
C-A-I 11-22-1 5-13-0
Fumbles-lost 3-2 5-4
Punts-avg. 7-35.0 2-32.5
Penalties-yards 13-100 8-95
Rushing — K: Elijah Gardner 5-(-9); Olice Rogers 12-26; Corey Watkins 3-(-15); Daniel Garcia 1-(-2); David Dennis 6-6; Calbert Hukill 4-(-6). M: Damontes Dowell 13-206; Jared Givens 2-23; Marcus Dowell 6-115; Dariuhn Jackson 3-41; Jacob Woolverton 5-11; Team 2-(-8).
Passing — K: Watkins 6-10-68, Hukill 0-1; Elijah Gardner 4-7-30. M: Woolverton 5-13-67.
Receiving — K: Braxton Allison 6-70-1; Hukill 1-16; Dennis 1-2, Oscar Lujan 2-10. M: D. Dowell 1-41; Jackson 1-8; Givens 1-8; Braylon Cable 1-4; Kendrick Hornbuckle 1-2.