2017 DHS Homecoming Pep Rally (gallery)

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).

9-8-17 Marengo Academy vs. Southern Academy Football (gallery)

Missed opportunities doom Longhorns

9-8-2017 — Greensboro, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s William Drake breaks free for a 28-yard touchdown reception during the Longhorns’ game against the Southern Academy Cougars.

GREENSBORO – Missed opportunities were a contributing factor as the Marengo Academy Longhorns dropped their first class 1A region game to the Southern Academy Cougars by the score of 24-6. Cougar miscues and a flashes of a strong Longhorn defense kept the Cougars with their backs against the walls on several drives, but the Longhorns were unable to capitalize deep in Cougar territory.

After trading three-and-outs on their first possessions, a high snap over the punter’s head put the Longhorns in striking range at the Cougar 28-yard line. However, negative yardage plays, including an 11-yard sack of quarterback Gavin Thompson, resulted in a punt that was downed at the Cougar’s 13-yard line. The Longhorn defense held and the offense took over that the Cougar 35-yard line after a short punt. The Horns got a first down at the Cougar 24-yard line as the first quarter ended with neither team putting points on the board.

9-8-2017 — Greensboro, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Taylor Woodall brings down a Cougar runner during the Longhorns’ game against Southern Academy.

Continuing their drive in the second quarter, the Longhorns came up a few inches short on a fourth down conversion try and turned the ball over on downs at the Cougars 15-yard line. Consecutive sacks by the Longhorns moved the Cougars back to their own 9-yard line, where they were forced to punt.

After a couple good runs, including Gavin Thompson’s run to the Cougar 30-yard line, the Longhorns found themselves facing a fourth down. William Drake took a middle screen from Thompson and raced 28 yards to the end zone. The PAT attempt failed, but the Longhorns had claimed their first lead of the season at 6-0 with 5:31 to go in the second quarter.

The Cougars quickly struck back on a 34-yard run on their ensuing possession. The Cougars’ PAT attempt failed and the game was tied at 6-6 with 3:49 to go in the second quarter.

The Longhorns went three-and-out on their following possession and were forced to punt. Likewise, the Cougars couldn’t move the ball and were forced to punt. A fumbled snap would put the Longhorns in good shape at the Cougar 30 with only 23 seconds to go in the half. However, the Cougars would pick off a Thompson swing pass and return it 65 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the first half clock. The two-point conversion was successful and the Longhorns found themselves down 14-6 at the half.

9-8-2017 — Greensboro, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Casey Cramer (22) hangs on as Dalton Daniels (54) and Carson Crawford (34) close in for a tackle during the Longhorns’ game against the Southern Academy Cougars.

After trading several possessions in the third quarter, one of which included a Cougar fumble that was recovered by Dalton Daniels, the Cougars picked up a safety with 11:52 to go in the fourth quarter to give themselves a 10 point advantage at 16-6.

On a later drive, Hunter Parker sacked the Cougar quarterback, causing a fumble which was recovered by the Longhorns at their own 41-yard line. Thompson then hit Trey Etheridge with a pass to the Cougar 44-yard line. However, a few plays later, a Thompson pass fell incomplete on a fourth down try and the Longhorns turned the ball over on downs.

The Cougars then drove for another touchdown and a successful two-point conversion, giving them a 24-6 lead over the Longhorns with 6:02 to go in the game.

The Longhorns would give it one final effort and made it to the Cougar 18-yard line before negative yardage plays would push them back to the 37, where the Cougars would take over on downs. The Cougars would drive to the Longhorns 20, but would run the clock out, leaving the final score at 24-6 in favor of the Cougars.

Offensively, Thompson led the Longhorns with 22 yards on 17 carries. Drake added 9 yards on 13 carries. Thompson completed 4 of 16 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.

Parker led the defensive effort with 15 tackles and a sack. Drake added nine tackles and Etheridge added eight.

Marengo Academy (0-3, 0-1) will take on North River Christian next week in Linden for homecoming.

9-8-2017 — Greensboro, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Hunter Parker (24) secures a pass between two defenders during the Longhorns’ game against the Southern Academy Cougars.

9-1-17 Demopolis HS vs Greensboro HS Football (gallery)

8-31-17 Marengo Academy vs. Monroe Academy Football (gallery)

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.

 

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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.