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Linden upends 5A playoff qualifier Dora

DORA — Linden blew a double-digit lead and overcame a double-digit deficit in the same night as it downed Class 5A Dora 33-28 Friday night.

The Patriots carried a 14-0 lead into the half before committing costly turnovers that set up quick strike opportunities for Dora to take the lead.

“We should have been up 28-0. We held them to no yards of offense. They had no first downs, no yards,” Linden coach Andro Williams said of the circumstance his team had created for itself through 24 minutes of play Friday.

Dora got on the board with 10:41 to go in the third quarter when Charles Clay scored on a 31-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-7. Four minutes later, Clay scored on a 55-yard run to tie the game for the Bulldogs.

‘The main thing is we didn’t capitalize on some opportunities in the third quarter. Plus we turned it over,” Williams said. “We fumbled in the third quarter twice. They ran four plays, two touchdowns. They got those 28 points off of four plays.”

The final minute of the third quarter saw a flurry of action in which the teams combined for three touchdowns in a 41-second span.

Ki’Juna Babbs scored on an 11-yard run with 41 seconds to go in the third, giving Dora its first lead of the night at 21-14. After Dora recovered a short kickoff, Babbs then scored again on a 32-yard run to put Dora up 28-14.

The Bulldogs kicked the ball short again, this time putting it into the hands of Javaris Goings who darted 65 yards for a score with 14 seconds remaining in the third, cutting the newly-minted Patriot deficit to 28-20.

Linden then recovered its own onside kick and found paydirt in the fourth quarter when D.J. Charleston went over the top to Tywon Smith for a 47-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 28-26.

With 3:03 to go in the game, Cordarius Scruggs scored on a 17-yard run to give Linden the 33-28 advantage.

“We went down 14 points and came back and took the lead with three minutes to go in the game and sealed it with our defense at the end,” Williams said.

Linden held Dora to 223 yards of total offense on the night. Devonta Poole paced the defensive effort with an interception and fumble recovery. Prentiss McQuiston ran for 89 yards on 15 carries while Scruggs had 72 yards on eight carries.

“This is what we wanted,” Williams said. “We knew it was going to be a ball game. It was a good opportunities for us. We needed a win like this. We hadn’t had a win like this in a while where we had to fight from behind 14 points. It was a playoff type atmosphere and a playoff type game. I was real proud of our kids for handling the adversity that we had.”

The Patriots (6-3) are set to host Chickasaw in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs next Friday while Dora (5-5) travels to East Limestone.




1sts – 15

Rush – 56-173

Pass – 4-10-85

Total – 258

Fumbles – 4/3

Ints – 0

Penalties – 6-55

Punts – 2-18


1sts – 6

Rush – 28-223

Pass – 0-4-0

Total – 223

Fumbles – 2/2

INTs – 1

Penalties – 6-45

Punts – 4-17

MHS Panthers end season on five-game winning streak

Marengo High School took a hard-fought 24-18 win over Southern Choctaw Friday night to round out the 2014 season on a five-game winning streak.

“I am real proud of the game we played,” said MHS head coach Eberne Myrthil. “We played hard all night. We knew it was their Senior Night and they would be fired up, but we took advantages of the opportunities given us.”

Myrthil pointed out that the Panthers stopped SCHS on fourth down three times during the game. “Our defense really stepped up,” he said. “We had some young guys that stepped up. I want to commend our players, especially our seniors, our coaches and our fans. It was cold tonight and it was a road game, but our fans really came out and supported us.”

Marengo’s season ends at 6-4. Myrthil said his team set several goals at the beginning of the season, and although the Panthers will not be in the playoffs, he said his team reached the goal of a winning season.

“Our future looks bright,” he said. “We are going to build on this. This team really brought it together at the end of the season.”

Marengo Academy fine-tunes for playoffs with 49-0 win

Hayden Huckabee deflects the arm of a would-be tackler on touchdown run against Jackson Academy.

Hayden Huckabee deflects the arm of a would-be tackler on touchdown run against Jackson Academy.

LINDEN – Act I, the nine-game regular season, is in the books, and Marengo Academy set the stage for Act II, the playoffs, with a convincing 49-0 win over Jackson Academy Friday night.

Sam Renner makes a fingertip grab against Jackson Academy.

Sam Renner makes a fingertip grab against Jackson Academy.

“I thought we played well,” said MA head coach Robby James. “You always find things you can work on, but we ask our guys to practice like they want to play and they’ve done that in the last few weeks. I think we’ve gotten better during the season. I feel good about it.”

Marengo has reeled off eight straight wins since a season-opening loss at Class AAA Bessemer. The ‘Horns enter the playoffs looking to repeat as state champions, although this year they will be gunning for the Class AA title after winning it all in Class A last season.

MA hosts Springwood Friday at noon at Linden Athletic Field in first-round action.

“I don’t know a whole lot about them,” said James. “We’ll get some film tomorrow and start looking at them. I know they have a good-looking bunch of boys. They’ve got a big tailback and a good quarterback.”

Josh Holifield looks for another hole in the Jackson Academy defense.

Josh Holifield looks for another hole in the Jackson Academy defense.

Friday’s regular season finale against Jackson was a lopsided affair from the beginning. MA took only four plays to notch the game’s first points, with the touchdown coming on Hayden Huckabee’s 56-yard run. The kick was wide left, but MA quickly padded its lead when quarterback Huckabee scored on a 47-yard scramble on the ‘Horns second possession. Huckabee then hit Alston Dinning on a slant for the two-point conversion.

Longhorn runningback Josh Holifield rounded out the first quarter scoring with a 22-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 20-yard Huckabee-to-Sam Renner pass to the 22.

Leading 20-0, MA continued the onslaught in the second period when defensive end Cason Cook scooped up an Eagle fumble and returned it 25 yards for the score. Huckabee ran the two-point conversion to make the score 28-0. Marengo adeed a 22-yard Huckabee run and Kyle Friday PAT to take a 35-0 lead into the halftime locker room.

Marengo rounded out the night’s scoring in the third on a 20-yard Ralph Langley run and a 23-yard Weldon Aydelott touchdown carry.

Wallace Tutt brings down a Jackson Academy receiver.

Wallace Tutt brings down a Jackson Academy receiver.

Jackson mounted its best drive of the evening in the final quarter, but a Gavin Tate interception in the end zone thwarted the Eagles’ best chance of getting on the board.

The Longhorn ground game again racked up impressive totals, with Huckabee netting 139 yards on five carries and Aydelott adding 70 yards on eight attempts. Holifield ran three times for 54 yards, followed by Cameron Peppenhorst’s 36 yards on four attempts and Zac Murphy’s 33 yards on only two carries.

Through the air, Huckabee was 5-of-9 for 75 yards.

Hayden Hall, Carson Huckabee and Thomas Etheridge led the defensive effort for Marengo with eight tackles each, while Cook added five tackes.

Weldon Aydelott takes a leap over a would-be tackler against Jackson Academy.

Weldon Aydelott takes a leap over a would-be tackler against Jackson Academy.

2014 DHS Senior Night (gallery)

Demopolis High School celebrated Senior Night for football, cheer, band and ROTC before its game against Hillcrest.

Photo of the Day: October 31, 2014

potd - bike and maskA Demopolis youngster gets an early start for Halloween!

Demopolis comeback falls short against Hillcrest

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Demopolis dug itself into a 20-point hole early and nearly clawed out while cutting the deficit to three points in the fourth quarter before succumbing in a 39-29 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

“A loss is never any good,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey told his players after the game. “I’m dang proud of the way you fought. I’m dang proud of the way you competed. We had a bad start to this game and then you figured out you could play with these guys. You had an opportunity to roll over tonight. You had an opportunity to lay down. You didn’t do that and I’m darn proud of you.”

20141030 DHS vs Hillcrest-5576Brian Robinson Jr. all but iced the win for the Patriots with a 33-yard touchdown run with 2:46 to play.

The game’s final score came after a late flurry from Demopolis that saw the Tigers score on a 4-yard Rashad Lynch run before William Wilkins recovered an onside kick. Two plays later, Jamarcus Ezell went over the top to Antonio Mackins for a 52-yard strike and Demopolis knifed the deficit to 32-29.

Cahlil Ellis opened the scoring for Hillcrest, punching it in from two yards out with 10:43 to play in the opening quarter. Robinson, who finished the night with 147 yards on 22 carries, scored on a 3-yard run to up the lead to 13-0.

Darnell Webb later caught a 20-yard pass from Chad Wyatt to leave Hillcrest up 20-0.

20141030 DHS vs Hillcrest-5592“We executed well, especially early on,” Hillcrest coach Samuel Adams said. “We kind of hit a little lull in the middle part of the game there, partially because of the way they were changing up their fronts. It was tough sledding in the box there. Overall, I was real pleased with the way we played.”

Lynch got the Tigers on the board with 39.4 seconds left in the first half when he scored on a 5-yard run.

Hillcrest capitalized on a Demopolis turnover to open the third quarter, finding the end zone when Wyatt hit Webb for a 33-yard strike.

20141030 DHS vs Hillcrest-5795Lynch then took a bubble screen from Ezell 20 yards for a score and cut the Demopolis deficit to 26-14.

“I’m proud of our guys for fighting,” Causey said. “There’s obviously some things we can work on between now and next Friday to get better.”

Lynch led Demopolis with 99 yards on 16 carries. Mackins caught four passes for 97 yards.

Hillcrest (7-3) will host a first round Class 6A playoff game next week while Demopolis (8-2) hosts a Class 5A playoff contest.

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Scenes from Wednesday night’s Demopolis HarvestFest

Photos courtesy of Cassi Pruett

Photos courtesy of Cassi Pruett

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Photo of the Day: Oct. 30, 2014

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Demopolis Middle School broadcasting students A.J. Besteder and Abby Hulsey interviewed DMS football coach Jeremy Silcox 0n air Tuesday at Batter Up Sports Grill during the ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show.  Pictured are Besteder, Hulsey and DMS broadcasting sponsor Meggin Mayben.

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DMS Fall Festival

The Demopolis Middle School will hold its Fall Festival at the DMS football field on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9AM until 2PM. Lots of fun and games! Come join in the fun!

Simmons garners ESPN 104.9 Player of the Week honors

Marengo High senior Floyd Simmons receives a commemorative Player of the Week T-shirt from ESPN 104.9 crew member Sean Parker.

Marengo High senior Floyd Simmons receives a commemorative Player of the Week T-shirt from ESPN 104.9 crew member Sean Parker.

Marengo High School has a diminutive linebacker who plays with monstrous heart. Last week, that linebacker, who lists himself at a height of 5-4, turned in sensational effort against J.F. Shields in a 53-0 shutout.

Floyd Simmons, a senior and longtime starter for the Panthers, recorded 10 tackles including two sacks and returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown.

It would be easy to call it a career game except that Simmons does this kind of thing all the time. Very quietly the linebacker who stands at 5-4 has helped lead his team to a record of 5-4 after the Panthers were slow out of the gate to start the season.

Simmons earned Player of the Week honors from the ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show Tuesday and was honored at Batter Up Sports Grill in Demopolis where he spent time with the show’s crew, received a commemorative T-shirt and was interviewed on the air during the broadcast.

Marengo closes out its season Friday at Southern Choctaw.