The Athens Review
The Malakoff Tigers' continue to score points at a torrid pace in the first three weeks of the football season.
The Tiger's improved to 3-0 with a 40-8 thumping of the Kerens Bobcats in the 75th anniversary of the Trinity River Rivalry at Tigers Stadium Friday night.
With the win, the Tiger's have now won five straight matches in the series.
Malakoff senior running back Demontes Dowell had another solid game for the Tiger's with 141 yards on only 12 carries and two touchdowns.
Marcus Dowell led off the scoring for Malakoff in the first quarter with a nice power run for eight yards and the 7-0 lead. Rene Aguilar botted the PAT good.
Kerens was able to put together a nice drive late in the first quarter as they marched down to the Malakoff 17-yard line. On the next play, Kerens quarterback Nate Betts to the end zone but Malakoff's Dariuhn Jackson leaped up and pulled down the interception to keep Kerens scoreless.
With 3:46 remaining in the second quarter, Demontes Dowell powered his way in from three yards out for the 13-0 lead.
On Kerens next drive, Garrian McCalister stepped in front of a Betts pass and took it 35-yards to the house to extend the lead to 19-0 in the first half.
Demontes Dowell continued the scoring in the third quarter with a nice run down the left sideline and then veered his way back to the right for a 36-yard touchdown run. Omar Gonzalez booted the PAT good.
The offensive onslaught continued in the third quarter as Jared Givens hauled in a 24-yard touchdown by Stephen Wolfe. Gonzalez booted his second PAT good with 2:35 remaining.
Malakoff put the final nail in the coffin as Wolfe found a wide open Deric Greenhaw — who scampered his way in from 14 yards for the 40-0 lead with 11:07 remaining in the game.
The Bobcats finally got on the scoreboard with 2:42 remaining in the game as DeQualon Bivins scored from three yards out for the 40-6 lead. Brett Anderson then caught the two-point conversion from Zack Duncan for the 40-8 finale.
Marcus Dowell finished with 58 yards on seven carries for the Tigers, while Wolfe went 5-of-9 for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Kerens was led by Nate Betts with 12 carries for 44 yards. The Bobcats only had 144 yards of total offense, compared to 370 yards for the Tigers.
Malakoff 40, Kerens 8
Kerens 0 0 0 8 8
Malakoff 7 12 14 7 40
M — Marcus Dowell 8 run (Rene Aguilar kick) 3:12
M — Demontes Dowell 3 run (kick failed) 3:46
M — Garrian McCaliister 35 interception return (run failed) 2:38
M — D. Dowell 36 run (Omar Gonzalez kick) 9:08
M — Jared Givens 24 from Stephan Wolfe (Gonzalez kick) 2:35
M — Deric Greenhaw 14 from Wolfe (Gonzalez kick) 11:07
K — DeQualon Bivins 3 run (Brett Anderson from Zack Duncan) 2:42
First Downs 9 16
Passing Yards 34 122
Comp-Att-Int. 3-11-2 5-9-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-1
Punts-Avg. 4-28.7 1-20
Penalties-Yards 2-25 6--55
Rushing — K: Zack Duncan 5-22, Kevin Askey 2-0, Rayvon Faulk 6-(-8), Dequalon Bivins 4-10, Nate Betts 12-44, Tavion Hall 7-12. M: Demontes Dowell 12-141; Marcus Dowell 7-58; Garrian McCalister 1-18; Stephen Wolfe 2-5, Jared Givens 2-18, Dariuhn Jackson 1-5.
Passing — K: Betts 2-10-8-2; Zack Duncan 1-2-0-26. M: Wolfe 5-9-0-122.
Receiving — K: Brett Anderson 1-26, Dontarious Bryant 2-8. M: D. Dowell 1-21; McCalister 1-33, Jackson 1-30, Givens 1-24, Greenhaw 1-14.