Opp plays undefeated Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 2003

The Opp Bobcats survived a late rally by the Beauregard Hornets last Friday night in first-round high school football playoff action with a goal-line stand and a few critical plays down the stretch.

The Bobcats (9-2) travel to Demopolis to play the undefeated and No. 3-ranked Tigers (11-0) this Friday in a second-round game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Opp Head Coach Jeff Rhodes said the Bobcats and Hornets played a great game after last Friday's win. He said either team could have won.

Yet, the Opp coach does not expect to lose.

"We'll be on the road next week and go dominate somebody else's house," Rhodes said following the 16-14 win against Beauregard last Friday night.

The Demopolis Tigers also won a close game last Friday night in first-round action.

The Tigers edged Choctaw County by a final score of 14-12.

Demopolis began the season with a lopsided win against Sumter County by a final score of 65-14. Although Sumter County lost, it looked they may be the only team to score against the Tigers until the eighth week of the season.

Demopolis won the next six games without giving up a point to its opposition, including a 25-0 regular season win against Choctaw County.

The Tigers gave up points in the final three games of the regular season, but still won each of the games to remain undefeated.

The Tigers are 11-0 going into the second-round playoff game, but only four of those wins came against teams with winning records. Two of the wins against teams with winning records came against Greene County and Greensboro, who both have 6-5 records.

The Tigers also defeated Fayette County (6-4) and Dallas County (7-4).

Opp will be the fifth team with a winning record the Tigers have faced this season.

The Bobcats have played five teams with winning records and one team with a 5-5 record.

The game against the Tigers will be the seventh game of the season for the Bobcats against a team who finished the regular season without a losing record.

The Bobcats, however, do have two losses and both of the defeats came on the road. The first loss was a 22-19 loss to Class 3A Straughn. The second loss came in Ashford against the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs last week by St. James.