The Ararat Eagles were unable to cause an unlikely upset, losing to Lismore-Derrinallum by 180 points on Saturday.
The Eagles were always going to be up against it at home against the undefeated Demons with the home team able to stem the flow early in the match. It went into the first break trailing by 38 points.
The home team hit the scoreboard more often in the second quarter to kick three goals, as the Demons extended their lead to 67 points at half time.
It was the second half where the Demons did the most damage, including a 13-goal third quarter.
The Eagles had no answers, as the more experienced Demons took control of the game and slammed through nine goals to one in the final term to finish 36.17.233 to 8.5.53 winners.
Brohdie Smyth topped the Eagles’ goal kickers list with three majors while Tulloch Maxwell notched up another best on ground performance.
The big loss dropped the Eagles below Great Western and into bottom place on the ladder.