The Athens Review
The Malakoff Tigers wrapped up Senior Night in convincing fashion with a 28-14 win over the Quitman Bulldogs Friday night.
With the win, Malakoff is now 7-2 overall and 4-1 in District 7-2A Division 1 play. It wraps up the regular season next week at Winnsboro. Kickoff in that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Malakoff jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter as Damontes Dowell rumbled his way 46 yards to pay dirt on the opening offensive possession with 9:18 remaining on the clock.
On their next offensive possession, the Malakoff defense came up with a big fumble to give the Tigers the ball back on the Quitman 24-yard line. Six plays later, Cesar Garcia nailed a 35-yard field goal with 5:01 remaining in the quarter.
MHS added to its lead late in the second quarter on a 15-play, 99-yard scoring drive as Tate Taylor barrelled his way in from three yards out for a 15-0 lead. Garcia booted the PAT good with 2:20 remaining in the first half.
Quitman (2-8, 2-4) then attempted to make a game out of it on Malakoff's opening possession of the second half. With the Tigers facing a second down and 25 on their 35-yard line, they were called for a lateral pass but fumbled as Austin White recovered and went untouched into the endzone. The Bulldogs' went for two but were stopped short for a 16-6 deficit with 8:29 left in the third quarter.
On Malakoff's next possession, Demontes Dowell went for a 44-yard for a touchdown, but the Tigers were called for clipping as the touchdown was erased. With the Tigers driving and facing fourth down and four from the four yard line, Garcia missed a 21-yard field goal to keep the game close at 16-6.
MHS then went into its bag of tricks late in the quarter as Taylor handed the ball of to Demontes Dowell. Dowell then pitched it back to Taylor as he found a streaking Terrance Scott untouched for a 52-yard pitch-and-catch with 1:32 remaining in the third. The Tigers missed the PAT for a 22-6 lead.
Quitman capitalized on a quick touchdown drive on its next possession as Vonterias Sessions rumbled his way 48-yards for the score. The Bulldogs went for two as Sessions found Jacob Hurley in the back of the endzone to cut the deficit to 22-14 with no time remaining in the quarter.
In the fourth, the Tigers put the nail in the coffin as Marcus Dowell came across the left side of the defense for a two-yard touchdown. The attempted for two was intercepted by Hurley with 8:10 remaining in the game.
Demontes Dowell was the leading rusher for the Tigers' with 13 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown. Taylor added 67 yards on 15 carries and finished with 132 yards passing on 10-of-17 attempts. Scott was the game’s leading receiver with five catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.
Malakoff 28, Quitman 14
Quitman 0 0 14 0 — 14
Malakoff 9 7 6 6 — 28
M — Damontes Dowell 46 run (kick failed), 9:18
M — Cesar Garcia 35 FG, 5:01
M — Tate Taylor 3 run (Garcia kick), 2:20
Q — Austin White 30 fumble return (run failed), 8:29
M — Terrance Scott 52 from Taylor (kick failed), 1:32
Q — Vonterias Sessions 48 run (Jacob Hurley 2 from Sessions), 0:00
M — Marcus Dowell 2 run (pass intercepted by Jacob Hurley), 8:10
First downs 11 18
Rush-yards 38-181 41-222
Passing yards 0 132
C-A-I 1-8-2 10-17-1
Fumbles-lost 4-2 4-1
Punts-avg. 2-27 0-0
Penalties-yards 7-63 8-87
Rushing — Q: Vonterias Sessions 24-165; Joel Cameron 5-17; Daniel Davis 4-minus 5; Jesus Ramirez 2-12; Jacob Hurley 2 minus 3; Team 1-minus 5. M: Demontes Dowell 13-102; Marcus Dowell 11-51; Tate Taylor 15-67; Marcus Willingham 1-4; Team 1-minus 2.
Passing — Q: Vonterias Sessions 1-1-2; Joel Cameron 0-4-2-0; Daniel Davis 0-3. M: Tate Taylor 10-17-1-132; Team 0-1.
Receiving — Q: None. M: Terrance Scott 5-75; Marcus Willingham 2-42; Marcus Dowell 1-9; Damontes Dowell 1-4.