Archives for August 2013

8-30-2013 American Christian at Demopolis (gallery)

8-29-2013 South Choctaw Academy at Marengo Academy (gallery)

Photo(s) of the Day: August 31, 2013

At least two Marengo County motorists leave no doubt where their loyalties lie. Football season starts for real today (of course, you already knew that!)!

At least two Marengo County motorists leave no doubt where their loyalties lie. College football season kicks off for real today (of course, you already knew that)!

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American Christian at Demopolis – Post Game interviews

Friday Night Scoreboard: Aug. 30, 2013

West Alabama Scores

AHSAA

Demopolis 35, American Christian Academy 0

A.L. Johnson 42, Hatch 14

Sunshine 27, John Essex 6

Leroy 14, Linden 6

Thomasville 35, Sweet Water 13

Bessemer City 60, Sumter-Central 20

Choctaw County 19, Red Level 13

Akron 20, Greene County 18

Bibb County 20, Greensboro 14

Selma 34, Southside-Selma 8

Dallas County 54, Calhoun 0

Pickens County 18, Fayette County 13

AISA

Sumter Academy 47, Meadowview 0

Clarke Prep 52, Lowndes Academy 22

Monroe Academy 35, Patrician Academy 0

Wilcox Academy 41, Southern Academy 7

Demopolis blasts ACA in 35-0 in opener

Cortez Lewis comes down with a jump ball to set up an early Demopolis touchdown Friday night against American Christian.

Cortez Lewis comes down with a jump ball to set up an early Demopolis touchdown Friday night against American Christian.

Demopolis saw its seniors make big plays Friday night as it downed visiting ACA 35-0 to open regular season play.

The Tigers found their first offensive rhythm of the season on their second possession when they used nine plays to cover 80 yards The big play came when Northern Illinois commit Cortez Lewis went vertical to snag a jump ball for a 33-yard gain that set up a Roderick Davis touchdown run from two yards out.

ACA appeared to have life when Will Sullivan forced and recovered a fumble just 18 yards from a potential tying score. The drive would later fizzle out when the Patriots missed a 25-yard field goal attempt.

The Tigers then covered 65 yards in two plays on a 36-yard run by Davis and a 29-yard pass to Lewis before DHS missed a field goal attempt of its own. One play later, Georgia Tech commit Tyler Merriweather ripped and recovered a ball at the ACA 21. That was enough for the Tigers’ senior tailback as Davis took the ball in from 21 yards out to extend the DHS lead.

Roderick Davis plows over an ACA defender and stretches for a touchdown.

Roderick Davis plows over an ACA defender and stretches for a touchdown.

“My coach was just pushing me to squeeze the tackle’s shoulder. For the first part of the night, I really wasn’t doing it,” Merriweather said of the pivotal defensive play. “So that play, I just really focused on squeezing the shoulder and putting myself in position to make the play.”

After Lewis had a 60-yard punt return for a score negated by a personal foul penalty, the Tigers went 52 yards in four plays, capping the scoring drive with an eight-yard run by Southern Miss commit Demetrius Kemp.

Demopolis, which amassed 434 yards of total offense on the night, used eight different ball carriers to tally 41 rushes and 314 yards on the ground.

“When we were hitting our tracks and not missing assignments, I felt like we had anything,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey said. “That’s no disrespect to ACA. When we failed, it was on us.”

Nelson Brown gave the Patriots hope in the second half when he forced and retrieved a fumble to halt a Demopolis drive. But the Patriots would threaten no more as the Tiger defense held ACA to 67 total yards on the night.

“It’s a solid defense. You’ve got good athletes and they’re well coached,” ACA coach John Causey said. “You know they’re going to make plays. It’s how we respond to them. When you talk about trying to move the ball against that solid defense, it’s difficult.”

The Tigers got their fourth touchdown after a 40-yard run by Ryan Schroeder helped set up two-yard scoring plunge by Lewis.

Drew Jones carries the ball for a Demopolis score.

Drew Jones carries the ball for a Demopolis score.

Demopolis cashed in one more time when Drew Jones blasted his way in for a four-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

The game marked the back end of a home-and-home series for the teams coached by the Causey brothers.

“There’s not another human being on this earth I respect more than him as man and as a coach,” John said of his Friday night opponent. “You’re going to get a clean, classy, hard-nosed, the way you want to play Friday night football. I have all the respect in the world for what he has done, not only on the field but the character he instills in those guys.”

“It’s fun. We’ve been competing since we were little boys and it was nothing any different tonight. They did a great job getting their kids ready to play tonight. The coaches did a good job. It was fun. I’m glad it’s over. But it was fun,” Tom said. “It has put a lot of strain on my mother and she doesn’t win either way. It was fun while we were playing the game and it is time to move on now.”

Davis led all rushers with 107 yards on 13 carries. Schroeder added 85 yards on five carries for Demopolis. Lewis finished with 79 yards on four catches to go along with his rushing score.

Matt Dauphin, Kesean Bell, Lakendrick Gilbert and Caleb Spence combine to stop an ACA runner.

Matt Dauphin, Kesean Bell, Lakendrick Gilbert and Caleb Spence combine to stop an ACA runner.

Merriweather led the Demopolis defense with seven total tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Jacquan Lawson, Lebaron Spencer, Rahmeel Cook and Peyton Pearson each recorded a sack on the night for the Tigers.

Early deficit proves too much for Sweet Water’s Bulldogs

SWEET WATER – A 62-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage set the tone for Sweet Water High School’s 35-13 season-opening loss to perennial 4A powerhouse Thomasville at Nolan Atkins Stadium Friday night.

“It is physically demanding to play (Thomasville), but it will make us better,” said Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker. “We kept playing hard, even when we fell behind.”

Thomasville’s Zavier Mapp took the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and sprinted 62 yards around right end for the score, and Ty White’s PAT gave the visiting Tigers an immediate 7-0 lead.

The Mapp Show continued on Thomasville’s next possession. After a Sweet Water punt, Thomasville ran the same play and Mapp raced 31 yards to the Bulldog 6. On the next play, Mapp took it up the middle for the score, and White’s boot made the score 14-0.

After the kickoff, Sweet Water mounted a short drive but turned the ball over on downs at midfield. THS then moved the ball to the Dawg one-yard line, where Rasheed Jones punched it in for a late first-quarter score, and White added the point after.

Daniel Sewell  leaps in front of tiger WR Ian Rossby to intercept the ball and stop  Thomasville'e scoring drive.

Daniel Sewell
leaps in front of tiger WR Ian Rossby to intercept the ball and stop
Thomasville’e scoring drive.

Early in the second, after an exchange of possessions, Sweet Water again found itself with its back against the wall. From the SWHS 24, Thomasville went for the jugular on a fade route to the end zone, but Sweet Water’s Daniel Sewell made a leaping interception that seemed to spark the Bulldogs. From there, Sweet Water marched 80 yards for its first score.

Jakoby Aldridge put the Dawgs’ first points on the board with a 26-yard run with 1:54 remaining before half. A key play in the drive was a 26-yard pass completion from sophomore quarterback Branson Davis to Paul Weatherly.

The kick was wide right, leaving the score 21-6, and Thomasville added one more score before half on an eight-yard keeper by QB Wil Brasell, making the halftime score 28-6.

Each team added a third quarter touchdown the complete the night’s scoring. Thomasville hit paydirt with 6:14 remaining in the quarter on a two-yard Mapp run, while a 60-yard Aldridge run to the Tiger 23 set up his one-yard plunge moments later.

Aldridge finished with 136 yards on the night.

“We’ve just got to keep giving it to our horses and leaning on our offensive line,” said Luker. “Defensively, we’ll come along. We made some changes and saw some things we liked in the second half.”

Davis, in his first start at quarterback, completed 1-of-4 passes for 26 yards.

Sweet Water opens Class 2A region play next week at Leroy.

 

 

Marengo Academy junior varsity cheerleaders

MA JV Cheer

The Marengo Academy cheerleaders attended cheer camp this summer at Huntingdon College. The squad placed 2nd in sideline and 4th in extreme routine. Mary Jordan Drake and Sandi Wilkinson made UCA All-American. Pictured are (front) Mary Jordan Drake, Kimberly Parker, April Sheffield, Hannah Freeman, Sandi Wilkinson; (back) Brittan Davis, Emily Freeman, Claudia Peppenhorst, Raye Sanford and Laura Griffith. The squad is coached by Jaime Johnson.

DHS alum Foster earns playing time with South Alabama

photoDemopolis High alumnus Steven Foster did not get the start at right guard for the South Alabama Jaguars in their Thursday opener against Southern Utah. Still, the redshirt freshman has high hopes for the 2013 campaign after a productive offseason.

“Offseason, they moved me from right tackle to right guard. They moved me in, got a little bit of weight on me. I took all the first team reps the whole spring. I repped the whole spring game at first team,” Foster said of the position change he saw after signing with USA as a tackle out of high school.

Foster did see his share of action behind starter Shaun Artz Thursday and figures to see increased playing time over the course of the season as he adjusts to his interior line spot.

“It’s not so much finessing. You don’t have big defensive ends coming off the edge, coming off real quick. You got big guys, you just sit there and lean on them,” Foster said. “It’s fat kid friendly.”

Foster has bulked up since arriving on campus in Mobile and is currently listed at 6-4, 310 pounds.

“It was actually pretty easy,” Foster said of the physical gains he has made over the last year. “We’ve got a good strength and conditioning staff and they do a really good job of telling us what to eat and how to gain weight and just developing us as players.”

The biggest challenge for the former Tiger was not on the physical side, but in the mental aspects of the game as he transitioned from high school football to a Division I program that saw its first season in the Sun Belt Conference in 2012.

“Just watching the game and learning. The game is a lot different from high school. It moves a whole lot quicker. You have to recognize more things. You see the offensive line come off and you have to be a unit. With the position we play, you have to be just as smart as the quarterback,” Foster said. “Seeing what they see and hearing what calls they make and learning, I think that was really good for me. I got to know the offense a little bit better.”

Foster will get to show exactly what he has learned as he continues to compete for time and play a key role along the offensive front for a team that has a stiff schedule in front of it.

“Tennessee, that is a big SEC game. Troy, that’s an in-state game and a big rivalry game for the Sun Belt,” Foster said of the dates to which he anticipates the most on the USA schedule. “And I’m looking forward to going to Navy in November.”

UWA to host reception for Tannehill Woodcarvers Exhibit

TH Carving 2The University of West Alabama will host the opening reception of the Tannehill Woodcarvers Exhibit in Webb Hall Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 2 until 4 p.m. in Webb Hall Parlor. The exhibit features a host of hand-carved pieces from the Black Belt craftsmen.

TH Carving 1The Tannehill Woodcarvers Club was chartered in 1985 for the purpose of promoting the art of wood carving in Alabama., Their mission is to acquaint the general public with sculpturing in wood and to bring back and preserve the almost lost art of woodcarving. There are approximately 100 members in the club, with about 70 of these being active, and they are come from all over the southeast.

The Club meets the second Saturday of each month at Tannehill State Park in the Cane Creek School House, and they often bring in accomplished woodcarvers from other parts of the country to conduct workshops. They welcome the public to attend their meetings. They also host an annual show at Tannehill, which is held on the second weekend in October each year. This year’s show will be Oct. 12-13.

To learn more about the Tannehill Woodcarvers Club, visit www.tannehillwoodcarvers.org.