Archives for August 2012

Tiger soccer gets first win in program history

LIVINGSTON – Sophomore forward Evan Beutler made history Friday at Tiger Stadium. With six minutes gone by, the Enterprise, Ala., native knocked in a goal off the assist from Clay Green to jump start the University of West Alabama men’s soccer team in a 7-0 win against Oakwood College.

Playing in a match that was originally scheduled for Thursday evening but was postponed due to tropical storm Isaac, head coach Matthew Thorne’s squad looked sharp. As a team, the Tigers had 13 shots on goal compared to just four from the visitors, while UWA held Oakwood without a shot attempt for the first 20 minutes of the contest.

“I am absolutely delighted to get the win in our first match today,” stated Thorne. “Overall, we got a little slack in the first half, but we pushed on after that and I was really happy with every individual that played today.”

Following Beutler’s goal, UWA went on a scoring spree. With 15 shots coming in the first period, the Tigers were able to score three more, as Green and teammate William Artiga rounded out the first-period scoring with a pair of goals.

“It was pretty early in the game,” described Beutler. “We had a corner kick, so I just went back post, the ball slipped through and I knocked in. I guess I was just in the right place.”

With a sizable 3-0 lead, West Alabama added insurance in the second half with an equally impressive performance in the final 45 minutes of action.

Freshman defender Thibault Charmey came alive during that frame, scoring a goal at the 56:51 mark. Charmey also had two shots on goal in the final period and assisted on Artiga’s score at 36:55.

Another surprise for the Tigers on Friday came from sophomore midfielder Jonathon McLouth. McLouth entered the contest in the final 30 minutes and made the most of his time on the field with two goals. Vitor Gazza rounded out the Tiger scoring effort with a goal at the 77:37 mark.

With the win, UWA moves to 1-0 on the year and hosts Concordia at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Following the men’s match, UWA’s women’s team entertains Oakwood at 3:30 p.m.

Essex looking to knock off Sunshine

Tonight, John Essex begins its quest to put together its first winning season since 2005 when it hosts Sunshine High School.

In the Tigers, Essex draws a team it beat 28-0 last year, marking its third straight victory against the program from Newbern.

But, while the teams play every year, the Hornets feel very little familiarity with Sunshine this go-round given the arrival of new head coach Walter Jones, who schemes and tendencies are not yet known to Essex head coach Jerome Antone.

“You script your first few plays and see what they’re doing and then you make your adjustment accordingly,” Antone said of the plan to counter the Tigers tonight.

While the Hornets aim to emerge from the game with a 1-0 record, Antone said much of tonight’s contest is about assessment given the Hornets’ lack of a preseason contest.

“You want to play sound football and assignment football. I want to see the conditioning aspect and execution,” Antone said. “Assignment and alignment.”

Sunshine will be the first regular season test of the Hornets’ new offensive scheme, which the team began installing in the spring.

“We went into the double wing offense and (new starting quarterback Cedric Cooks) was able to execute that offense about as good as a high schooler could execute it,” Antone said of his new offense and its new signal caller. “Ced is a smart kid. He is almost like a coach on the field. We are really looking for good things from Cedric.”

Cooks will be attempting to execute the Hornet attack behind an offensive line that is thick on size and thin on depth.

“We have some pretty good size, we just don’t have depth,” Antone said of his offensive front. “But, at the 1A level, I feel as though we can compete with those kids playing up front on both sides of the ball.”

Antone and assistant coach Brad Daniels designed the shift in offensive scheme as a means to better employ the talent on the Hornets’ offensive front and the skillset of players such as Cooks.

“They’ve adjusted real well. I can say they like it. And I feel if you run a type of offense kids like, they’ll work harder at it. And it gives them the opportunity to be in space more,” Antone said. “You have to run offense according to your talent. I feel as though our skill folks can run the Wing T. That’s why we put the Wing T in there because of our size and things of that nature.”

The other notable change for the Hornets heading into 2012 is the shift in region as the team moves to Class 1A, Region 1 where they will get to tussle with Marengo County foes A.L. Johnson, Linden and Marengo High.

“They feel really good about the schedule change. You have Linden in your region now and you have Marengo and A.L. Johnson. And those kids know each other. And you have a competitive edge there,” Antone said. “We feel as though we can compete in this region. There is a strong, strong possibility we can go .500 and go to the playoffs.”

Ready to kick off his third season as Essex head coach, Antone has compiled a 9-11 record in two seasons at the helm of the Hornet program, having narrowly missed the playoffs each year.

Despite the losses of a number of key players, Antone said he is confident in his team’s ability to get over the hump based not on what it has lost, but what it has gained.

“We feel as though the kids have matured,” Antone said. “They are used to our coaching style and what we are looking for. I feel as though we have a very strong opportunity if we just stay healthy.”

Patrician ready to get in win column

BUTLER – New Patrician Academy (0-1) head coach Jonathan Lindsey makes no bones about what went wrong for his team last week against Monroe Academy in a 44-16 loss.

“We gave up too many big plays, way too many big plays,” Lindsey said of Patrician’s defensive struggles. “For the most part, our run defense was pretty good. But when it came to our pass defense, we had too many breakdowns in coverage. At times, we didn’t tackle well. We worked on all the tackling drills that we could with this storm. And we reiterated the fact that our veteran defensive backs were getting beat and that is not supposed to happen. But they have responded.”

Against a spread offense such as the one employed by Monroe, coverage breakdowns were crippling. Tonight against Clarke Prep (1-0), Lindsey hopes the efforts during the last week of practice translate to improvement on the field as Patrician dives headlong into region play.

“Clarke Prep is not going to throw the ball near as much as Monroe,” Lindsey said of the Wing T style of attack employed by CPA. “They are the exact same offense as us. So we are very familiar with what they are going to do.”

While the Clarke Prep offense in many ways mirrors the Patrician scheme, the key difference for CPA is its considerable size. Clarke Prep will likely look to run downhill as it challenges the Patrician defensive front.

“Their size. They’re real physical up front,” Lindsey said. “And they’ve got a bruiser fullback that can really go.”

While Clarke Prep comes in with a powerful offense, Patrician is looking to get its offense started after a difficult showing against Monroe in week one.

“Our offense was, for the most part, nonexistent,” Lindsey said. “We had a lot of problems with our offensive line. We did not block real well. But all the things we did wrong in the game are very correctable. One thing I can say about that is that we hadn’t had the opportunity to line up against a full 11 that is going to challenge us. As far as practice this week, one thing we stressed a great deal was our blocking scheme and making sure they understood that.”

While Lindsey is familiar with Clarke Prep’s offensive scheme, he is not quite sure what to expect from the CPA defense and has worked to prepare his team for physical play in the box.

“The past few years they came at us with a five front defense with two linebackers and a strong safety,” Lindsey said. “I have no clue though. I haven’t been able to see any film with somebody who is going to throw two (tight ends) at them.”

With a loss to Monroe Academy already on its record and a date with Lowndes Academy looming next week, Patrician finds itself in a position where it needs to build positive momentum while simultaneously getting a leg up in region play.

“This is a very big game in our region for both teams as well as the rest of the region,” Lindsey said. “(Patrician Academy players) have really responded to what the coaches have had to say. They want to come out of this week with a victory and completely and totally erase what happened last week.”

Patrician and Clarke Prep are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Butler.

LPD arrest 11 in Friday drug sweep

The Linden Police Department arrested 11 people Friday morning within the city limits on drug charges.

The LPD has been working an undercover operation for the past seven months in which undercover operatives were used to purchase drugs within the city.

Arrest warrants were obtained for 11 people during the month of July and the warrants were served in the early morning hours Friday during an operation that began at approximately 5 a.m.

Those arrested for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance were Joshua Miller, a 21-year-old white male of Thomasville, Willie Morgan, a 70-year-old black male of Linden, Quinton L. Daniels, a 23-year-old black male of Linden, Jeffery Rembert, a 54-year-old black male of Linden, Donald J. Baker, a 48-year-old white male of Linden, Mary A. Hunter, a 54-year-old white female of Linden, Tharon D. Thomas, a 39-year-old black male of Linden, Ada M. Jenkins, a 43-year-old black female of Linden, Selner Pickens, a 46-year-old black male of Linden and Alex White, a 30-year-old black male of Linden.

During the warrant sweep, the LPD arrested one individual for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Willie L. Lewis, a 30-year-old black female of Linden.

The department still has one outstanding warrant that was not executed during the pickup but are confident the arrest will come according to police chief Scott McClure.

McClure would like to thank his department for conducting a good, safe and well-planned operation.

“We would also like to let the public know that we are working everyday to make Linden a safe place to live by continuing to arrest the drug dealers in your neighborhoods,” McClure said. “This is a slow process, but please continue to contact this department with your information on these dealers. It’s your information that makes these arrests possible.”


Un-needed Prescription Medication Collection

The Demopolis Police Department along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will collect un-needed prescription medications in an effort to remove and keep them off the streets. If you have old prescription medications stop by the DPD’s Mobile Command Post, no questions asked.

Location: Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital front parking lot at the Demopolis Police Mobile Command Post.

September 29, 2012, 10:00am—2:00pm

Longhorns set for home opener

LINDEN – Marengo Academy (1-0) will move into region play Friday night as it faces fledgling program Eastwood Christian (1-1) for the first time.

“They’re pretty young. I think they’ve got three seniors,” Marengo Academy head coach Robby James said.

Eastwood opened its season with a win over Chambers Academy before taking a thrashing at the hands of Jackson Academy last week.

“They’ve got a good running back. He plays good on defense and offense,” James said. “They run out of shotgun, spread set, double slots. Pretty much wide open. They don’t get out of that much.”

After defending a run heavy team in South Choctaw Academy in the first game of the season, the Longhorns have spent the bulk of this week trying to adjust to a spread attack.

“The weather has been kind of hard this week. We’ve missed practice and really haven’t gotten to do a lot,” James said of his team, which is upbeat after opening with a victory just a season removed from going 2-8 in 2011. “They’re excited about it. I know it is always good to get a win. We didn’t really play all that great on offense. I think we only had 12 or 14 plays the first half. I think you feel like you’re going to improve from game one to game two a lot. The only thing I worry about this week is that we didn’t get a lot of practice time this week.”

While James’ team did not get the practice time it would have liked in, the game plan for the defense is firmly in place and a bulk of the responsibility falls on the defensive line.

“Up front, you’ve got to be able to control the line of scrimmage a little bit,” James said. “They’re going to run some zone stuff. They run a lot of swing stuff, passes. They’ll run speed sweeps and things like that. The defensive line has got to be able to control that stuff in the middle.”

While James’ defense lacked practice time in preparation for East Wood, he is comfortable the group will not lack confidence or effort going into the contest.

“Our guys are confident in the fact that they’re just going to play hard,” James said. “It’s the first time since I’ve been there that we’d have eight or nine, sometimes 10 guys on a tackle. It was good to see, a lot of effort.”

James’ power run offense will be countered by a loaded box on the defensive side of the ball. James said he anticipates Eastwood will stick with the 5-2 front it has commonly shown and crowd the line of scrimmage against the Longhorns.

Marengo Academy and Eastwood are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Linden Athletic Field.

Sweet Water to tangle with Thomasville Friday

Sweet Water will head just across the county line Friday night for its familiar season-opening game against rival Thomasville.

“Same old Thomasville, just athletic, physical, very fast,” Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker said of a Thomasville Tiger team that is rarely lacking in talent.

The Tigers lost a talented senior class following last season, including Division I signees Tyler Hayes (Alabama) and Jon Knight (Troy). Still, Luker expects Thomasville will have no shortage of weapons in its arsenal when it takes the field Friday night.

“They’ve lost some good players. The thing about Thomasville is they’re always going to have speed. They replaced those guys with some pretty good ones from what we can tell,” Luker said.

The Bulldogs head into the game looking to snap a three-game losing streak against Thomasville. Doing that will mean playing a disciplined brand of football.

“The obvious one is holding onto the football,” Luker said of the keys to competing with Thomasville.  “Getting off the field on third downs. We haven’t done that in the last two or three years against them. Somehow, winning some battles up front. We haven’t done that a lot, especially against their defensive guys. We need to win a few of those battles in this one.”

The Bulldogs showed very little of their passing game in the Jamboree contest against Demopolis last week, throwing the ball one time on a screen play to account for the only pass of the game. Still, Luker said he and his staff have plenty of confidence in fourth-year starting quarterback Brett Davis and his array of pass catchers.

“We think Brett is a capable passer. We decided not to (pass) last week,” Luker said. “We think Marquis Washington is a real good receiver and D.J. Hayes our tight end. And we’ve worked Demarcus Gamble a bit at tight end and we think he is going to be steady for us there. All our backs catch the ball well out of the backfield.”

While Sweet Water will let Davis throw the ball enough, the bulk of its offense will come in the form of a seemingly relentless ground attack that utilizes up to five different ball carriers.

“First and foremost, it’s to keep guys fresh because all of them but one play defense,” Luker said of the depth his team has at running back. “They each complement each other and I think they give a different look to the defense more than anything else. When you have that many guys, you can kind of lean on the guy who has the hot hand.”

Defensively, the challenge Sweet Water faces may be greater than in previous years given the unpredictability Luker expects the Jack Hankins led Tigers to employ in their offensive scheme.

“They can be so balanced, probably more this year than they’ve been in the past,” Luker said. “Last year they had two or three DI guys that they could put the ball in their hands and let them run. But this year I think they are going to be a more balanced football team because of (fourth year starting quarterback Tevin Waters.) They may end up being harder to defense this year than in the past. We’ve had some success stopping them in the past, but they may be a little more difficult this year.”

Sweet Water’s efforts to limit the Thomasville offense will be predicated upon a defense that is designed to be faster and more athletic than its predecessors.

“We felt like all along we needed to improve defensively from last year and be more athletic. We think we’re there,” Luker said. “We think we’re more athletic on that side of the ball. We think we’re going to be better.”

Athleticism alone will likely not be enough to topple Thomasville. The Bulldogs will need to show some depth to end the skid against their rivals. Luker is hopeful his squad has more of that than it has in the past.

“Our depth is probably where we’re going to be more suspect than anything else,” Luker said. “When we rotate guys on the defensive front, we’re borrowing offensive linemen to rotate with. We’ve got some depth there, but it won’t be fresh depth when it gets there.”

Sweet Water is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Thomasville Friday night.


Demopolis, American Christian game a family affair for head coaches

Demopolis head football coach Tom Causey typically talks to his brother about once a week. With football in their blood and a lifetime of memories together, conversation is not hard to come by.

This week, however, the talking points are a little different for the Causey brothers.

“You’ve got to do the normal head coach things. You’ve got to talk to each other about the way you’re dressing and which end of the field you’re on and all of that,” Tom Causey, whose Demopolis Tigers will travel to face little brother John Causey’s American Christian Academy team Friday night, said. “We normally only talk to each other once a week, but it has been more than that this week.”

The meeting marks the first time the brothers have competed against one another as head coaches and just the latest in a long line of competitions for two men who were raised winners.

“She didn’t really like it to start with. She didn’t know where she was going to sit and all that,” Tom said of his mother’s feelings regarding the game. “My mother has been watching youth league and high school football since the 60s. So she understands what’s going on Friday night. I’m sure she’d rather us not play. But it will all be over with soon.”

While there will be bragging rights on the line and neither brother wants to lose to the other Friday night, the possibility of having such a game began to take shape out of convenience rather than competition.

“He and I were talking last fall during the season. We wanted to play somebody without having to drive to Birmingham. He was looking to change the schedule,” Tom said.

Given that Demopolis and American Christian frequently play one another in soccer, softball and baseball and have recently added a volleyball matchup to their slates, the game made sense for both coaches.

“I think it will be good for both communities to do it. It’s a great opportunity for us to play a great opponent,” Causey said. “They’re going to play hard and give us a tremendous challenge and we don’t have to ride two and a half hours to play a football game.”

Tom Causey talks about American Christian like he does every other opponent. He points out its strengths, compliments its coaching staff and praises its program. The professionalism is a signature of both Causey brothers. And while Friday night will be about the business of football and well-being of the young men between the lines, Tom admits there is pride on the line.

“I don’t have Christmas dinner with any of the other nine coaches I play,” he said.



Weather forces hiccup in Advanced Disposal service

Marengo County residents who have not had their garbage picked up this week can rest easy according to Advanced Disposal Services.

The company temporarily suspended its garbage routes in Marengo County Tuesday and Wednesday after a corporate decision was handed down instructing such.

Garbage collected in Marengo County goes to an Advanced Disposal landfill in South Alabama. Given the threat of severe weather off the tropical storm system known as Isaac, the company felt it best not to send personnel into the area until the inclement weather passed, according to employees at Advanced Disposal’s Linden facility.

Advanced Disposal trucks began running their Tuesday service routes Thursday. The trucks are scheduled to pick up garbage from their Wednesday routes Friday before taking care of the regular Thursday and Friday routes Saturday.

List of local closings

The University of West Alabama
Marengo County Schools
Linden City Schools
Marengo Academy
Demopolis Higher Education Center
After school programs in the marvelous including Extended Day