Archives for August 2017

Rain, Vols dampen Longhorns home opener

8-31-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Casey Cramer (22) looks for running room against the Monroe Academy Volunteers.

LINDEN — For the second week in a row, the Class 1A Marengo Academy Longhorns faced a powerful Class 3A football team. This week, the Longhorns hosted the Volunteers from Monroe Academy in their home opener. Even after making some improvements from the previous week, the ‘Horns still succumbed to a more powerful team.

The ‘Horns received the opening kickoff and started at their own 38-yard line. However, they would go three-and-out on their first possession. Following a Longhorn punt, the visiting Vols finished their first possession with a touchdown run and tacked on the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 8:21 to go in the first quarter.

8-31-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Gavin Thompson returns a kickoff against the Monroe Academy Volunteers.

After another Longhorn three-and-out, the Vols hit a 69-yard catch and run on the first play of their second possession. The PAT failed and the Longhorns trailed 13-0 with 6:27 to go in the first quarter. The Volunteers cashed in with a 12-yard run on their third possession. After a successful PAT, the Longhorns found themselves down 20-0 with 2:51 to go in the first quarter.

With 30.9 seconds left to go in the first quarter, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey unleashed several minutes of fury. After the short weather delay, the Longhorns showed some life as they pushed the ball down to the Volunteer 16-yard line. After a loss of four, Casey Cramer’s pass was picked off at the 4-yard line, stopping the ‘Horns drive.

The Volunteers would drive to the Longhorns’ 21-yard line where they would score on a 31-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was successful and the ‘Horns were down 27-0 with 7:12 to go in the second quarter. After their next possession stalled, the Longhorns’ made a defensive stand that resulted in a Volunteer punt. However, the punt was mishandled and the Vols recovered the fumble at the Longhorns’ 21-yard line. Two plays later and with 1:36 to go in the second quarter, the ‘Horns trailed 34-0 after a 19-yard touchdown pass and successful PAT. The first half would end with that score.

The Vols would receive the second half kickoff and march the length of the field, cashing in with a 15-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was successful and the Longhorns trailed 41-0 with 9:09 to go in the third quarter.

8-31-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Casey Cramer (22) and Alex Owens (52) wrap up a Vol runner in their home opener against Monroe Academy.

Never giving up, the Longhorns moved the ball down to the Volunteers’ 3-yard line, but turned it over on downs there. After a defensive stand, the Longhorns got the ball back with a little under three minutes to go. After a Zach Fleming catch at the 20-yard line, the Longhorns fumbled on their last play attempt as the clock ran out.

The Longhorns tallied 143 yards for the game, with 125 of those coming on the ground and 18 through the air. William Drake led the ground attack with 93 yards on 17 carries. Gavin Thompson added 25 yards on 16 attempts. Fleming added one catch for 18 yards.

Defensively, Drake and Thompson led the Longhorns with seven tackles each. Alex Owens and Taylor Woodall added five tackles each.

The Longhorns (0-2) will travel to Greensboro for a Class 1A matchup with the Southern Academy Cougars next week.

8-31-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Taylor Woodall (5) goes airborn for extra yardage against the Monroe Academy Volunteers.


DPD charges man with July 13 home invasion

On Aug. 30, the Demopolis Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrested Travis Antonio Washington, B/M, age 29 of Demopolis, Alabama for One (1) Count of Burglary in the First Degree. He has been charged with the home invasion that occurred on July 13 on Vine Street in Demopolis.

Director of Public Safety/Police Chief Tommie Reese said he is very proud of his department and for their efforts in keeping our citizens and city safe. He also said this case remains under investigation.



Marengo Sports Hall of Fame seeking nomination packets

As the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame prepares for the gala tenth annual banquet and induction ceremony to be held the second week in February of 2018, the selection committee is looking for additional nomination packages of sports figures with connections to Marengo County.

The packages should include a letter of recombination, a bio setting out personal information on the person such as work and family, plus, of course, a sketch of his or her experiences, activities and honors connected with that person’s athletic history.  In addition, the package should include a clear photo, either in uniform or civilian head and shoulders picture, suitable for insertion in newspaper stories, banquet program and etched into the plaque to be presented to the honoree at the banquet.

The nomination package should be mailed or delivered to Tom Boggs at his law office in Demopolis, P.O. Box 784, or to Tony Speegle at 1012 Jacob Drive in Demopolis.

UWA’s exercise science program receives national recognition

Dr. James Robinson, associate professor of exercise science, says UWA’s exercise science degree program has seen tremendous growth over the last six years, and the goal is to have 200 students in the program by fall 2018.

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The National Strength and Conditioning Association has just named the University of West Alabama an NSCA Recognized School, giving its stamp of approval for the Education Recognition Program (ERP).

The recognition as an NSCA ERP Recognized Undergraduate Strength and Conditioning Program is for UWA’s exercise science program offered in the physical education and athletic training department. This recognition adds distinction to degrees awarded in the academic program and also offers exceptional benefits to schools and students affiliated.

According to the NSCA, the ERP helps ensure excellence for students in the classroom, as well as long-term professional success after graduation. The NSCA awards such recognition to schools that have a demonstrated commitment through curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification.

For more than 35 years, the NSCA has been a leader in building stronger professionals within the strength and conditioning industry, and Dr. James Robinson, an associate professor of exercise science, this milestone is a step in a forward direction for the growing program.

“Exercise science has seen tremendous growth over the past six years,” explained Robinson, who also serves as director of UWA’s exercise physiology lab. “I expect exercise science to reach the 200-student mark by fall 2018. This growth is due to the commitment from the department and the University to student career development. My mission is for every exercise science student to be employed in the field and well-prepared for graduate school immediately upon graduation.”

Benefits of the recognition include discounts on certification exams and clinics, student memberships, and premier access to growth opportunities through NSCA, like grants and scholarships, and internship and assistantship programs. The recognition is valid for a three-year period expiring in March of 2020.

UWA’s exercise science program is designed to prepare students who are seeking careers in corporate and clinical settings. These may include strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, hospital-based wellness programs, health/fitness instructors, sport training programs, corporate or health club director, and a slate of other fitness and health related opportunities.

The academic major includes 60 combined hours of coursework in exercise science, along with biology, physical education, chemistry and physics. An exercise science minor is also offered at UWA.

For more information on UWA’s Exercise Science program, contact Dr. James Robinson at or 205-652-3441, or apply online at exercisesciencemajor.aspx.

UWA rolls over Lenoir Rhyne in season opener

HICKORY, N.C. – West Alabama amassed 481 yards of total offense while limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to just 184 on the way to a 46-7 college football win in the season opener for both teams Thursday at Moretz Stadium.

“We are 1-0 and that feels good,” UWA head coach Brett Gilliland said. “Anytime you can start with a region win after an eight-hour bus trip that says a lot about your football team.

“We started fast, especially on defense,” Gilliland said. “We caused turnovers and we were ready to play, ready to hit somebody else after fall camp.”

After being forced to punt on its first two possessions, West Alabama got on the scoreboard first on a 32-yard field goal by Colin Douglas, the first of four field goals by Douglas. He also connected from 20, 30 and 33 yards.

Three plays after Douglas’ first field goal, Ken Hibbler intercepted Bears quarterback Jarrod Keller to give the Tigers the ball on the Lenoir-Rhyne 45-yard line. Harry Satterwhite connected with Qua Davis for 34 yards on the first play after the interception and then with Corey Davis for 11 yards and a touchdown on the next play to give UWA a 10-0 lead at 5:01 in the first quarter.

After picking up a handful of spot starts over the last two seasons, Satterwhite completed 26-of-40 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. He also rushed for 17 yards and a TD on six carries.

“In the beginning, I was playing a little too fast, but by about the third drive I began to feel comfortable,” Satterwhite said. “We have so many weapons that I just need to get the ball to the guys quickly. The running backs had a good night, but thanks to the offensive line nobody was touching them until about three or four yards past the line of scrimmage, then they broke tackles.”

Tevin Madison recovered a Bear fumble to set up the Tigers second touchdown. Lakendric Thomas capped a five-play, 38-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, lifting the Tigers to a 17-0 lead with 13 seconds left in the first period.

West Alabama stretched the lead to 24-0 when Satterwhite scrambled for a 3-yard touchdown with just over nine minutes left in the first half. The score capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive for the Tigers.

“Harry had a solid game and the receiver caught it well, but the story was the defense,” Gilliland said. “The defense pursued, hit people and drove them backwards. That’s what you want to see.”

Terry Samuel and Madison led the Tiger defense with eight and seven tackles, respectively. Madison broke up three passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble as the Tiger defense allowed just 11 first downs.

Rashaad Lee got into the scoring column with a 1-yard TD run with 2:59 left in the first half. The point after touchdown snap was botched and West Alabama led 30-0. Lee’s score capped a seven-play, 46-yard drive.

Lee finished with 98 yards on 14 carries, all in the first half, to lead UWA rushers. He also caught five passes for 14 yards. Qua Boyd had four receptions for 66 yards. Donta Armstrong, Corey Davis and Tyler Rogers each caught three passes. Rogers also ran for 70 yards on 11 carries.

“This was a pretty good way to start my last go-around,” Lee, the senior from Pensacola, Florida said. “The execution of the offensive line was good all night.”

Douglas drilled a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to send West Alabama to the intermission with a 33-0 lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne got on the board with 2:17 left in the third quarter when Grayson Willingham connected with Sam Camargo for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap a three-play, 10-yard drive after the Bears blocked a Tiger punt.

“I was praying for the shutout, but this isn’t a bad way to start,” Madison said. “We still have a lot to fix, though.”

Douglas nailed his fourth field goal from 33 yards with 6:54 left to play, capping a 15-play, 76-yard drive that drained 5:02 off the fourth-quarter clock.

Robert Myers capped West Alabama scoring with a 1-yard plunge with 3:08 left to play. Douglas’ PAT made it 46-7 West Alabama. The scoring drive was set up when Jordan Bennett recovered a Bear fumble on the kickoff following Douglas’ fourth field goal.

Nelson Brown had 76 yards on 22 carries to lead Lenoir-Rhyne. Two Bear quarterbacks combined to complete 11-of-28 for 68 yards. Sherrod Williams had 10 tackles for the Bears.

West Alabama remains on the road next week, visiting FCS member Samford in Birmingham. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home, hosting North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Demopolis High broadcast students release hype video

The Demopolis High School broadcasting program, DCS Tiger Tv, dropped a hype video Wednesday ahead of the football team’s first home game of the 2017 season. The video features snippets of the cheerleading squad and the River City Blue Marching Band in addition to the Tiger football team.


Davis earns Player of the Week

DeDe Davis, Demopolis head coach Brian Seymore, and ESPN1049’s Sean Parker

The game certainly did not turn out the way Demopolis would have liked in a 29-18 loss to rival Thomasville to open the 2017 season. Still, a rare 100-yard receiving game from a Demopolis player merited the proverbial tip of the cap.

Davis, who has specialized as a defensive back throughout his varsity career, showed up and showed out as a slot receiver Friday night. The favorite target of Demopolis quarterback Andrew Patterson, Davis hauled in nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the effort.

Demopolis will look to get off the deck Friday night against Greensboro. Davis will look to build on his early returns.

For his part, the Tiger senior earned ESPN1049 Player of the Week honors. Davis received a commemorative T-shirt Friday night and joined the network’s Coaches Show on air during its weekly live broadcast from Batter Up in Demopolis.

Sweet Water, Linden hold in ASWA poll

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water running back Xavier Lucy (7) takes a handoff from quarterback Jonah Smith during last Thursday’s exhibition contest with Clarke County. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, open Friday with Thomasville.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 1 – Aug. 30, 2017

(First-place votes and current record in parentheses)
 Class 7A
1. Central-Phenix City (20) (1-0) <ws>318
2. Hoover (7) (0-1) <ws>272
3. Thompson (1) (1-0) <ws>237
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (0-0) <ws>200
5. McGill-Toolen (1-0) <ws>155
6. James Clemens (0-0) <ws>154
7. Spain Park (1-0) <ws>129
8. Auburn (1-0) <ws>87
9. Enterprise (1-0) <ws>56
10. Bob Jones (0-1) <ws>20
Others receiving votes: Mountain Brook (1-0) 17, Davidson (0-1) 2, Murphy (0-1) 2, Baker (1-0) 1, Gadsden City (0-1) 1, Grissom (1-0) 1, Theodore (1-0) 1.

Class 6A
1. Ramsay (21) (0-0) <ws>304
2. Austin (3) (1-0) <ws>235
3. Blount (1) (1-0) <ws>233
4. Oxford (1) (1-0) <ws>199
5. Opelika (1) (1-0) <ws>189
6. Pinson Valley (2) (1-0) <ws>169
7. Daphne (1-0) <ws>109
8. Muscle Shoals (1-0) <ws>91
9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (0-1) <ws>60
10. Park Crossing (1-0) <ws>45
Others receiving votes: Wetumpka (1-0) 6, Hazel Green (0-0) 5, Parker (0-0) 3, Minor (0-1) 2, Spanish Fort (0-1) 2, Jackson-Olin (1-0) 1.

Class 5A
1. Beauregard (27) (0-0) <ws>342
2. Briarwood Chr. (0-0) <ws>256
3. St. Paul’s (2) (1-0) <ws>240
4. Alexandria (1-0) <ws>186
5. Carroll (0-0) <ws>154
6. Central-Clay Co. (1-0) <ws>130
7. Vigor (0-1) <ws>102
8. Eufaula (1-0) <ws>91
9. Wenonah (0-0) <ws>90
10. Brooks (0-0)<ws>41
Others receiving votes:  Etowah (1-0) 7, Russellville (0-0) 6, Mae Jemison-Huntsville (1-0) 2, Mortimer Jordan (1-0) 2, Pleasant Grove (0-0) 2, Charles Henderson (0-0) 1, Jackson (0-0) 1.

Class 4A
1. Handley (28) (0-0) <ws>345
2. UMS-Wright (1-0) <ws>250
3. Rogers (1-0) <ws>209
4. Leeds (1) (1-0) <ws>196
5. Andalusia (0-1) <ws>157
6. Fayette Co. (1-0) <ws>127
7. Hokes Bluff (0-0) <ws>118
8. Madison Acad. (0-1)  <ws>94
9. Tallassee (1-0) <ws>46
10. St. James (0-1) <ws>35
Others receiving votes: Thomasville (1-0) 24, Wilson (1-0) 18, Cordova (0-1) 16, Cherokee Co. (0-1) 5, Madison Co. (0-0) 5, Dale Co. (1-0) 4, North Jackson (1-0) 3, Munford (0-1) 1.

Class 3A
1. Mobile Chr. (21) (1-0) <ws>324
2. Piedmont (8) (0-1) <ws>263
3. Ohatchee (1-0) <ws>223
4. Montevallo (0-0) <ws>185
5. Gordo (0-1) <ws>159
6. Opp (0-0) <ws>129
7. Oakman (0-0) <ws>118
8. Weaver (1-0) <ws>81
9. Pike Co. (0-0) <ws>78
10. Randolph Co. (0-0) <ws>47
Others receiving votes: Clarke Co. (0-0) 19, Hillcrest-Evergreen (0-0) 6, New Hope (0-1) 5, T.R. Miller (0-0) 5, Bayside Acad. (1-0) 4, Plainview (1-0) 3, Fultondale (0-0) 2, Lauderdale Co. (0-0) 2.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (25) (0-0) <ws>334
2. Aliceville (2) (0-0) <ws>255
3. Lanett (2) (1-0) <ws>235
4. Elba (0-0) <ws>208
5. G.W. Long (0-0) <ws>160
6. Tanner (1-0) <ws>152
7. Leroy (0-0) <ws>118
8. New Brockton (0-0) <ws>80
9. Sand Rock (0-0) <ws>54
10. LaFayette (0-1) <ws>42
Others receiving votes: Luverne (0-0) 6, Reeltown (0-1) 5, Sheffield (0-1) 2, Goshen (0-0) 1, Southern Choctaw (0-0) 1.

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (28) (0-0) <ws>345
2. Sweet Water (0-0) <ws>250
3. Linden (1) (0-0) <ws>227
4. Pickens Co. (0-0) <ws>197
5. Brantley (0-0) <ws>176
6. Addison (1-0) <ws>138
7. Cedar Bluff (0-0) <ws>112
8. Spring Garden (0-0) <ws>77
9. Notasulga (1-0) <ws>52
10. Marengo (0-0) <ws>50
Others receiving votes: Hackleburg (0-0) 8, Houston Co. (1-0) 7, Decatur Heritage (1-0) 5, Georgiana (1-0) 5, Sumiton Chr. (1-0) 3, Isabella (0-0) 1.

1. Autauga Acad. (27) (2-0) <ws>342
2. Bessemer Acad. (1) (2-1) <ws>251
3. Escambia Acad.  (3-0) <ws>235
4. Monroe Acad. (1) (2-0) <ws>215
5. Glenwood (1-1) <ws>163
6. Chambers Acad. (1-0) <ws>143
7. Pike Liberal (2-0) <ws>98
8. Abbeville Chr. (1-1) <ws>87
9. South Choctaw Acad.  (1-1) <ws>54
10. Jackson Acad. (2-0) <ws>24
Others receiving votes: Lee-Scott Acad. (0-1) 22, Patrician Acad. (1-0) 12, Pickens Acad. (1-0) 3, Tuscaloosa Acad. (0-1) 2, Lowndes Acad. (1-0) 1, Morgan Acad. (1-0) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Lizi Arbogast, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Joe Medley, Anniston Star; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Josh Bean, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Jake Winfrey, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; Nicholas Finch, Demopolis Times; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Craig Thomas, Florence TimesDaily; Cody Dowler, Fort Payne Times-Journal; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Scott Fields, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald. Not voting: David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal.

Photo of the Day

Taylor Polk and Spence Overstreet, both members of the 2009 state championship team, are coaching at Charles Henderson in Troy. Polk is the special teams coordinator and the head JV baseball coach. Overstreet is an offensive line and defensive line coach and is the head JV soccer coach. (Submitted by Stephanie Polk)

Longhorns start season in unfamiliar place

8-25-2017 — Selma, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Trey Etheridge (10) and Dalton Daniels (54) bring down a Senator runner during the Longhorns’ season opener against Morgan Academy.

SELMA – The 2017 season did not start out for the Marengo Academy Longhorns like the 2016 season ended. Nine months from walking off the field as winner of the state championship game, the Longhorns did not leave as victors. The Class 3A Morgan Academy Senators handed the Longhorns their first loss of the season 57-6 Friday night.

The Longhorns started the game with a strong defensive stand and the Senators went three and out. The ‘Horns matched the Senators with a three and out on their first possession. On the following Senators’ possession, Casey Cramer picked off a pass and returned it deep into Morgan territory. After a successful fourth down conversion at the 4-yard line, the Longhorns fumbled and the ball was scooped up and returned to the 24-yard line. On the next play, the Senators hit on a 76-year touchdown pass. With a successful PAT, the Senators were up 7-0 with 4:27 to go in the first quarter.

8-25-2017 — Selma, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Casey Cramer (22) returns an interception against the Morgan Academy Senators during the Longhorns’ season opener.

The Longhorns put up negative yards on their next possession and found themselves punting from within their own end zone. A fumbled punt was recovered by the Senators and the deficit grew to 14-0.

On their following possession, William Drake put the Longhorns in scoring territory with a run to the 19-yard line. Hunter Parker took the next snap to the five. Drake then punched it in from there and a failed PAT left the Longhorns down 14-6. As fate would have it, that was the last time the ‘Horns would make it to the end zone on the night.

The ensuing kickoff was returned by the Senators for a touchdown. The Senators followed that up with a 67-yard run and a 36-yard run after another Longhorn fumble. After a punt, the senators tacked on a 60-yard swing pass for a touchdown to lead 35-6 at the half.

After Hunter Parker left the field during halftime, Cramer moved to quarterback and Gavin Thompson moved to his more familiar position at running back. Unfortunately, the Longhorns’ fortunes didn’t change. An errant snap on a fourth down gave the Senators possession at the Longhorns’ 9-yard line. The next play was a touchdown run off the left side which put the Longhorns down 49-6 with 7:50 to go in the third quarter. The Senators followed up that score with a touchdown run with 8:03 to go in the fourth and a successful two-point conversion gave the Senators a 57-6 lead. A running clock made quick work of the remainder of the game.

8-25-2017 — Selma, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Hunter Parker (24) runs around the block of William Drake (6) during the Longhorns’ season opener against the Morgan Academy Senators.

“We knew they were a fast team and we had to make open field tackles. We were right there with them for a quarter and a half and had some momentum and almost took a lead right off the bat. But, we fumbled and made too many mistakes and turnovers,” said first year head coach Lebo Jones. “With our lack of depth, they just wore us out. Once they got the momentum, it was over. They’re a 3A school and it’s hard to beat a 3A school when you’re a 1A school. But, we’re going to get better every day.”

Drake led the Longhorns with 48 yards on 13 carries. Parker tallied 27 yards on five carries before leaving the game at the half. The Longhorns lost two fumbles on the night.

Defensively, Carson Crawford led the Longhorns with five tackles. Trey Etheridge added four tackles and Cramer picked off a pass.

Marengo (0-1) will be at home next Thursday (8/31) against Monroe Academy.

8-25-2017 — Selma, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s William Drake (6) sizes up a defender during the Longhorns’ season opener against the Morgan Academy Senators.