Longhorns fall to Rebels in final regular season game

10-20-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s William Drake (6) cuts up field against South Choctaw Academy.

Linden – Marengo Academy hosted the South Choctaw Rebels in the Longhorns’ final regular season game of the 2017 season. After an early turnover and multiple fourth down conversions led to a Longhorn lead in the first quarter, the Rebels took the lead in the second quarter and held off the Longhorns for a 28-6 win.

The Rebels received the opening kickoff and attempted to strike quickly with a pass play on the first play of the game. The ball was overthrown and Longhorn Casey Cramer cut behind the Rebel receiver and picked off the pass with 11:40 to go in the first quarter. A methodical running attack that resulted in a couple fourth down conversions was capped when Hunter Parker dove into the end zone at the end of a 10-yard run. The PAT failed and the Longhorns took a 6-0 lead over the Rebels with 4:27 to go in the first quarter. The Rebels and Longhorns would trade fumbles in the remaining time of the quarter which would end with the Longhorns clinging to the 6-0 lead.

10-20-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s turns the corner against South Choctaw Academy.

The Rebels would get on the board on a 4-yard run with 9:46 to go in the second quarter. The PAT was successful and the Longhorns relinquished their lead as the Rebels went up 7-6.

The Longhorns would take their next possession as far as the Rebels’ nine-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. On the ensuing drive, the Rebels would attempt a deep pass that was defended well and tipped by Taylor Woodall. Cramer would haul in the tipped ball for his second interception of the night. The Rebels would end the Longhorns possession with an interception of their own with :36 to go in the second quarter. The Longhorns were able to force and recover a fumble with :13 to go in the second quarter. The first half would end with the Rebels on top 7-6.

10-20-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Casey Cramer (22) returns his second interception against South Choctaw Academy as Taylor Woodall (5) watches and Dalton Daniels (44) turns to block. Woodall tipped the pass that Cramer intercepted.

The Longhorns would receive the second half kickoff and the Rebels held an forced a punt. Former Longhorn Jacob Beck took the 72 yards to the end zone and, with a successful PAT, the Rebels stretched their lead to 14-6 with 8:33 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels would pick off another pass on the Longhorns’ ensuing possession. Beck would find the end zone again on a 4-yard run with 5:03 to go in the third quarter and the PAT would put the Rebels up 21-6.

The final scores of the night would come on an 8-yard Rebel touchdown run and PAT with 1:24 to go in the the third quarter. The Longhorns and Rebels would trade possessions in the fourth quarter until the clock ran out, giving the South Choctaw Academy Rebels a 28-6 win over the Marengo Academy Longhorns.

Offensively, the Longhorns were led by William Drake’s 64 yards on 19 carries. Parker added 58 yards on 17 carries, with one touchdown. Alex Owens added two carries for five yards. Gavin Thompson was 4-for-10 passing for 20 yards.

Cramer led the defensive effort with six tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Hunter Skibo and Owens added five tackles each. Owens also had a fumble recovery. Thompson and Parker added four tackles each and Woodall and Drake added three tackles apiece.

10-20-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Gavin Thompson throws a pass over a South Choctaw Academy defender.

10-17-2017 Marengo Academy PeeWee vs Patrician (with gallery)

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — The Marengo Academy PeeWee football team storms the field prior to their game against the Patrician Academy Saints.

Linden – On Tuesday night, the Marengo Academy PeeWee football team hosted Patrician Academy Saints for a regional championship game. While the Longhorns ultimately fell to the visiting Saints, the Longhorns put up a valiant effort in a game that was one of the better football games to be witnessed this year.

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy Longhorn McGuire Davis breaks free on a 70-yard touchdown run against the Patrician Academy Saints.

The Longhorns got on the board on their first possession with a 70-yard touchdown run by McGuire Davis with 6:15 to go in the first quarter. An unsuccessful PAT would give the ‘Horns a 6-0 lead.¬† But, the lead would not last long as Patrician’s Carson Coody ran it in from 62 yards out on the Saints’ first possession. An unsuccessful PAT by the Saints would leave the score knotted at 6-6 with 4:55 to go in the first quarter.

The Saints’ next possession would see Coody take the ball 59 yards for his second touchdown of the first quarter at the :50 mark. A successful 2-pt conversion gave the Saints a 14-6 lead over the Longhorns. The first quarter would end with Patrician leading Marengo 14-6.

The Longhorns were the first to strike in the second quarter, when Caleb Cobb scored on a 28-yard run with 6:07 to go. An unsuccessful PAT would bring the Longhorns to within two points at 14-12. Coody and the Saints responded quickly with a 70-yard touchdown run with 5:47 to go in the first half. The unsuccessful PAT would give the Saints a 20-12 lead and the first half would end with that score.

With 5:57 to go in the third quarter, Coody struck again, this time, from 50 yards out. the 2-point conversion would stretch the Longhorn deficit to 28-12. The Longhorns would be unable to score in the third quarter.

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Caleb Cobb outruns a Saint’s defender during the Longhorns game against Patrician Academy.

Marengo’s Cobb would help pull the ‘Horns within 10 points with a 45-yard run at the 7:02 mark of the fourth quarter. A successful 2-point conversion would pull the ‘Horns within eight points of the Saints at 28-20. However, the Saints’ Coody would collect his fifth and final touchdown of the night on a 47-yard run with 4:35 to go in the game. An failed PAT would stretch the Saints’ lead over the Longhorns to 34-20. Never giving up, the Longhorns drove to the Saints’ 10-yard line and Cobb added his third touchdown of the night. A successful 2-point conversion closed the Longhorn deficit to 34-28 with 1:03 to go in the game. The Longhorns gave a great effort at a defensive stand, but were unable to hold the Saints who ran the clock out on their following possession.

Turnovers costly in Longhorn loss to Lightning

10-12-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Zach Fleming attempts to break a tackle after catching a pass during the Longhorns’ game against the Evangel Christian School Lightning.

Linden — Turnovers are never a good thing. A turnover inside your opponent’s 5-yard line can be a game changer. And two lost fumbles inside your opponent’s 5-yard line can be disastrous. Unfortunately, that was the case for the Marengo Academy Longhorns as they hosted the Evangel Christian School Lightning on Thursday night in Linden.

Longhorn Taylor Woodall returned the opening kickoff to the 35-yard line, but the ‘Horns were unable to move the ball and punted. Likewise, the Lightning were unable to move the ball and were forced to punt. That was theme of the first quarter which saw neither the Longhorns nor the Lightning reach their opponent’s red zone and the quarter ended at 0-0.

10-12-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Gavin Thompson runs in the open field during the Longhorns’ game against the Evangel Christian School Lightning.

The second quarter was much the same until the Longhorns pushed the ball inside the Lightning’s 10-yard line. However, on a valiant effort to reach the end zone, Longhorn Hunter Parker had the ball stripped by a defender and the Lightning recovered the ball at their own 4-yard line. The visitors from Alabaster would take that turnover and march into Longhorn territory. They would eventually hit on a crossing route and find the end zone with 2:04 to go in the first half. A failed PAT would give the Lightning a 6-0 lead over the Longhorns. The first half would end with that same score.

The Lightning received the second half kickoff and the third quarter saw the teams trade possessions until Parker picked off a Lightning pass at the 25-yard line and returned it 20 yards to the Lightning 5-yard line. On the next play for the Longhorns, William Drake had the ball get loose and the Lightning recovered at the 3-yard line.

In similar fashion to their first fumble recovery, the Lightning marched down the field and found the end zone on a 24-yard run. A 2-point conversion try was stopped short by the Longhorn defense and the Lightning held a 12-0 lead with 3:50 to go in the third quarter. The third quarter would end with that score.

10-12-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Alex Owens wraps up a runner during the Longhorns’ game against the Evangel Christian School Lightning.

The fourth quarter would yield no points for either team and the game would end with a Lightning victory over the Longhorns by a score of 12-0.

Offensively, Drake had 12 carries for 29 yards. Parker had 5 carries for nine yards and Gavin Thompson had 13 carries for 2 yards. Thompson was 4-16 passing for 49 yards. Zach Fleming had 3 catches for 34 yards and Parker had one catch for 17 yards.

Defensively, Parker led the way with 12 tackles and one interception. Fleming added 10 tackles, Dalton Daniels had nine tackles and Drake recorded eight tackles. Others getting on the board were Thompson (6), Alex Owens (5), Hunter Skibo (4), Ethan Biggs (4), Trey Etheridge (2), Chad Edmonds (2), Cameron Dodd (2), Carson Crawford (1) and Carson Etheridge (1).

The Longhorns were penalized eight times for 60 yards.

Marengo Academy (2-5) will host South Choctaw Academy next Friday night.

10-12-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Taylor Woodall avoids a tackle during the Longhorns’ game against the Evangel Christian School Lightning.

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2017 DHS Homecoming King and Queen

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Malik Moore and Ashleigh Ivory were named 2017 DHS Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tigers’ football game against Calera.

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The 2017 Homecoming Court was introduced at halftime of the Demopolis High School Tigers’ football game against Calera on September 22, 2017.

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Longhorns overcome penalties to notch first win of 2017

9-15-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Hunter Parker (24) drags a Charger defender across the goal line during the Longhorns’ game against North River Christian.

LINDEN — The Marengo Academy Longhorns overcame 145 yards in penalties to notch their first win of the season over the visiting North River Christian Chargers. After dropping their first three games of the season, the ‘Horns put on a show for the 2017 Homecoming crowd by rolling up 417 yards on the ground and an additional 43 through the air for a total of 460 yards against the Chargers. After having trouble capitalizing on opponents’ miscues last week, the Longhorns overcame their own setbacks for a convincing win.

The Longhorns received the opening kickoff and promptly marched 67 yards in only four plays, ending with William Drake’s 3-yard touchdown run with 10:19 to go in the first quarter. The PAT was good and the Longhorns led 7-0.

The defense held the Chargers on their first possession and the ‘Horns were in business again after a one yard Charger punt. Hunter Parker would end the ensuing four play, 31-yard drive with a 1-yard run. The PAT failed and the Longhorns stretched their lead to 13-0 with 6:11 to go in the first quarter.

The Chargers next drive stalled when Gavin Thompson recovered a Charger fumble at the ‘Horns own 28-yard line. However, the Longhorns would return the favor with a lost fumble of their own at the Chargers’ 9-yard line.

9-15-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Dalton Daniels wraps up the Chargers’ quarterback in the end zone during the Longhorns’ game against North River Christian.

On the ensuing series, Longhorn Dalton Daniels wrapped up the Charger quarterback in the end zone. Intentional grounding was called when the Charger quarterback attempted to get rid of the ball while still in the end zone. The resulting safety would give the Longhorns a 15-0 lead with 1:37 to go in the first quarter. After a delay for an injured Charger player, the quarter ended with the Longhorns leading 15-0.

On their next possession, the Longhorns would have a touchdown run called back for a block in the back. However, Parker would score on a 9-yard run a couple plays later. Drake would run in the 2-point conversion and the Longhorns would take a 23-0 lead with 9:33 to go in the second quarter.

The Chargers hit on a long touchdown pass with 8:03 to go in the second quarter, but would miss the PAT, cutting the Longhorn lead to 23-6.

With 5:55 to go in the first half, Gavin Thompson scored from one yard out. The PAT failed and the Longhorns stretched the lead to 29-6.

On the ensuing Chargers’ possession, Zach Fleming wrapped up the quarterback and Dalton Daniels’ hit forced a fumble that was recovered by Alex Owens. Shortly after, Parker rumbled in from 47 yards out and, with a successful PAT, the Longhorns lead increased to 36-6 with 2:26 to go in the first half. The half ended with that score.

The Longhorns kicked off to the Chargers to open the second half and got their first possession at the Charger 33-yard line after a 6-yard punt. A 28-yard touchdown run was called back due to an illegal formation call, but Drake punched it in from five yards out a few plays later. With 6:02 to go in the third quarter, the Longhorns would have their last points of the night at 43-6, despite scoring on a later possession when Taylor Woodall had a 33-yard touchdown run called back on a penalty.

9-15-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s William Drake cuts toward the goal line during the Longhorns’ game against North River Christian.

Plenty of clean jerseys entered the game and eventually yielded a late touchdown run to the Chargers. The two point try was unsuccessful and the game would end with the Longhorns victorious with a final score of 43-12.

Drake led the offensive charge with 15 carries for 166 yards. Parker added 118 yards on 11 carries. Thompson tallied 66 yards on six carries. Taylor Woodall ended up with 27 yards on three carries. Conner Edmonds got in the books with 31 yards on six carries and Carson Crawford added 14 yards on two carries. Thompson’s lone completion was to Trey Etheridge for 43 yards.

Defensively, Thompson led the Longhorns with six tackles. Drake, Fleming, Parker, Crawford and Daniels added five tackles each. Woodall and Etheridge added four tackles each and Casey Cramer, Chad Edmonds and Alex Owens added three tackles each. Fleming, Parker and Daniels each had two sacks. Thompson, Parker and Trey Jones each recovered a fumble.

Head Coach Lebo Jones savored the Longhorns first victory of the season. “Oh, man, it feels great. We needed that,” Jones said after the game. “Everybody got to play. It was a great night for us.” Referencing the penalties, Jones said “we were over-aggressive at times, but I’m glad to see our guys playing hard. Our effort was good tonight.”

Marengo Academy (1-3, 1-1) will travel to Patrician Academy for another region matchup next week.

9-15-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Zach Fleming (16) takes down the Chargers’ quarterback as Alex Owens (52) and Patrick Ballard (72) give chase during the Longhorns’ game against North River Christian.

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2017 Marengo Academy Homecoming Court

9-15-2017 — Linden, Ala. — Laura Griffith (center) was crowned Marengo Academy’s 2017 Homecoming Queen during halftime of the Longhorns’ game against North River Christian. Members of Miss Griffith’s court are (left to right) Kenley Kauffman (sophomore maid), Brittan Davis (senior maid), Miss Griffith, Webber Gerald (senior maid) and Maci Nettles (junior maid).

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