Sweet Water woodsheds Shields for Region 1 win

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DB Braiden Broussard (2) returns an interception deep into Panther territory

Sweet Water made quick work of Class 1A, Region 1 foe J.F. Shields Friday night, coasting to a 61-8 road victory.

The Bulldogs scored 40 points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead. Jonah Smith hit Shamar Lewis for a 49-yard touchdown pass. Jaylon Williamson added the conversion run to make it 8-0. Smith punched it in from 3 yards out before a Jacory Brown conversion run to make it 16-0.

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Sweet Water QB Jonah Smith calls his own number and runs for a big gain.

Jonah Smith then threw to his younger brother Sasha Smith for a 33-yard touchdown. Brown’s conversion plunge made it 24-0. Smith then hit Trent Sams for a 16-yard touchdown strike. Williamson’s conversion run pushed it to 32-0. Lewis then ran it in from three yards out ahead of Brown’s conversion run, which made it 40-0.

Jaland Lewis-Horton added a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter while Kaleb Greene had a 4-yard scoring sprint to set the halftime lead at 53-0. After Shields got on the board in the fourth, Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Lewis-Horton added the conversion run for the final margin.

Smith was 7 of 8 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns in addition to his 20 rushing yards and one touchdown rushing. Lewis-Horton had 52 yards on seven carries to lead all Bulldog rushers. Lewis had two catches for 62 yards and a score. Braiden Broussard intercepted a pass for Sweet Water.

Sweet Water (3-1, 3-0) is off next Friday and will host Linden Oct. 6.

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Bulldog defenders, Michael Allen Cole (76), Brodie Echols (75) and Chance Broussard (48) gang tackle the Panther RB

Last-second INT seals Demopolis win over Calera

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis Aaron Collier (21) watches as C.J. Williams (26) concentrates on completing an interception in the end zone. Williams’ pick would would seal the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

Sophomore corner C.J. Williams watched the ball bounce around in his hands momentarily before clamping down on it as he fell to the ground in the end zone. The catch was the biggest of his young career and represented the interception that effectively handed Demopolis a 21-17 win over Calera with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis Brandon Simmons runs in the open field during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

“We put three guys deep, played man under. We told the safety to knock it down and he does,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Fortunately, C.J. is laying on the ground. We’re blessed that he made the pick and we were able to go to victory.”

Demopolis clung to a 21-17 lead as Calera pushed the ball down the field after taking over at its own 24 with 59 seconds remaining in the contest. Eagle signal-caller Cornelius Brown hit William Ray for a 22-yard gain to move it to the Calera 46. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Brown found William Smith for 12 yards to get into Tiger territory at the 42.

Brown dropped back on the next snap but had little time to survey the field as Tavion Brown blew up the pocket and took down the Calera QB for the sack, forcing the final Eagle timeout.

Brown’s heave down the sideline on the next snap caromed off the hands of Dylan Killingsworth and appeared to fall harmlessly to the ground before a penalty flag quickly followed its descent. The pass interference call moved the ball to the Demopolis 30 with 16 seconds to play. Two snaps later, Brown chucked it to the back right corner of the end zone where Williams’s focused heroics nullified the threat and brought an uproar from the raucous homecoming crowd.

“Our kids showed a little character right there at the end. We needed a game like this to grow on. We needed to face adversity like this,” Seymore said. “I’m just proud that the community and the alumni that came back had a chance to see us win.”

Demopolis largely moved the ball at will in the first half but found itself plagued with turnovers. The Eagles proved ready to capitalize. Orlando Harris picked off a pass to end the first Demopolis possession before returning a Tiger fumble 63 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB Antonio Besteder gets loose on a good run during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

“We moved the ball really good, just couldn’t finish some drives. The turnover bug got us again a little bit and put us in some tough situations,” Seymore said. “We felt like we had a pretty good call on the speed option and kind of got the pitch a little bit behind and they scooped and scored.”

Demopolis worked its way onto the scoreboard early in the second quarter when it capped a 16-play, 82-yard drive with a 13-yard scoring pass from Andrew Patterson to Jeremy Jackson on 4th and 5. The PAT attempt failed, leaving Calera up 7-6.

Demopolis took the lead with 4:50 to go before half when A.J. Jackson punched it in from 14 yards out. Antonio Besteder added the conversion run to set the advantage at 14-7.

Calera’s attempt to get points on the board before the half traversed 57 yards to the Demopolis 11 before the clock appeared to expire ahead of Brown’s attempt to spike the ball. A conference by the officials resulted in adding 0.9 seconds to the game clock, allowing Zachary Ford to connect on a 28-yard field goal to cut it to 14-10.

Demopolis made the most of its first possession of the third quarter when it covered 79 yards in 12 plays and watched A.J. Jackson scored on a 12-yard run for the 21-10 advantage. Demopolis snuffed the ensuing Calera drive and looked poised to take full control of the contest when a muffed punt bounced free at the Demopolis 16. Calera pounced on the opportunity. Three plays later, Brown hit DeCorean Mickens on a dump off and the Eagle tailback ran it 16 yards for the touchdown. Ford’s kick proved to set the final margin.

Demopolis amassed 338 yards of total offense, led by Besteder’s 19 rushes for 104 yards. A.J. Jackson added 97 yards on 28 totes. DeDe Davis caught nine passes for 65 yards. Russ Logan also intercepted a pass in the game for the Tigers.

With the win, Demopolis sits alone atop Class 5A, Region 3. Demopolis (4-1, 3-0) is off next week and returns to Class 5A, Region 3 Friday, Oct. 7 when it travels to Dallas County.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB A.J. Jackson (4) runs between the blocks of Matt Dollar (62) and Chris Williams (right) during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

Patrician airshow grounds Longhorns

Marengo Academy’s Trey Etheridge runs the ball against Patrician Academy. (Photo by Collin Sheffield)

Marengo Academy was unable to climb out of an early hole Thursday night, finding itself down 35-0 at halftime before succumbing to a 42-14 defeat at Class A, Region 2 rival Patrician.

The Saints got the passing game going early as Anderson Newman went over the top to Blake Reid for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Later in the first quarter, Newman found Reid on an 83-yard strike to stretch the lead.

Newman ran it in from 10 yards out in the second quarter to move the lead to three scores. Far from finished, Newman later hit Reid for touchdown passes of 67 and 75 yards. Sabastin Getz made all seven of his extra-point kicks on the night.

The Longhorns got on the board in the third quarter when Gavin Thompson broke a 26-yard run for a touchdown. Patrician’s final score came in the fourth quarter when Logan Atcheson scored on a 2-yard run. William Drake punched it in from a yard out before Thompson added the conversion run to cap the scoring.

Marengo ran for 203 yards in the game but managed only 230 yards of total offense. The Saints countered with 461 yards of offense, highlighted by 346 through the air.

Newman finished 11 of 13 passing for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Reid caught six passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns.

Drake led Marengo with 18 carries for 76 yards. Thompson added 72 yards on seven rushes.

Marengo (1-4, 1-2) travels to Macon-East next Thursday night. Patrician (3-2, 2-0) travels to Southern.

Marengo Academy’s Hunter Parker runs the ball against Patrician Academy. (Photo by Collin Sheffield.)

Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame turns 10 years old

In the summer of 2007 Tom Boggs, Tony Speegle and Johnny Brooker met to discuss how to recognize and publicize the tremendous sports history of Marengo County with emphasis on recognizing individuals, teams, and how to exhibit memorabilia concerning events, teams and individuals.

The Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame was born from those first meetings on the 27th of November 2007 when the corporation was officially organized and filed with the Probate Office of Marengo County, subsequently receiving tax exempt status under Section 501 (c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The goals set were to select individuals who have made an impact on Marengo County through their exploits in sports over the years, to host an annual induction ceremony, to recognize championship teams, to award an annual scholarship to a high school senior, and to provide a place for display of Marengo County Sports memorabilia, so as to instill pride in the entire County.

A 12-person Board of Directors was organized, and on the second Monday of February, 2009, the first banquet and induction ceremony was held at the Demopolis Civic Center with a sold out crowd.

There were six inductees that year, and although all six of those individuals had excelled in football, the following eight banquets have featured men and women covering not only football, but basketball, baseball, softball, track, boxing, wrestling and even umpiring.  The Tenth Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony is planned for the second Monday of February, 2018 at the Demopolis Civic Center.  The board voted to move the start time to 6 p.m. rather than 7 p.m., with a gathering period at 5:30 p.m.    Tickets will be made available starting around December of 2017, with the price for the night’s entertainment and an excellent meal remaining at $25.00 each.

There will be a special emphasis on encouraging past inductees to be present for this 10th anniversary, and there will be a souvenir program featuring not only the new inductees, but all 46 of the past Hall of Fame members.

There is still time for submission of nomination packages to be delivered to Tom Boggs or to Tony Speegle, the package to include a picture, letter of recommendation, and a vita sheet setting out information about the family of the nominee, as well as a summary of athletic accomplishments.

The memorabilia collected for the last ten years is exhibited by courtesy of the Demopolis Library Board in a back room at the Demopolis Public Library, and everyone is encouraged to visit those exhibits to share in the pride of the County.

 

Sweet Water rises in poll after Marengo win

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 4 – Sept. 20, 2017

(First-place votes and current record in parentheses)
 Class 7A
1. Central-Phenix City (22) (3-0) 334
2. Hoover (6) (3-1) 284
3. Thompson (1) (3-0) 243
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (3-0) 216
5. McGill-Toolen (3-0) 176
6. Spain Park (3-1) 129
7. Auburn (3-1) 127
8. Fairhope (3-1) 78
9. Theodore (3-1) 39
10. Jeff Davis (3-1) 31
Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain (3-1) 16, Bob Jones (2-2) 14, Mountain Brook (2-2) 9, James Clemens (1-2) 6, Sparkman (2-1) 6, Mary G. Montgomery (0-4) 2, Enterprise (1-3) 1.

Class 6A
1. Austin (24) (4-0) 341
2. Pinson Valley (4) (4-0) 270
3. Oxford (2) (4-0) 252
4. Ramsay (2-1) 174
5. Opelika (3-1) 171
6. Wetumpka (4-0) 150
7. Spanish Fort (3-1) 100
8. Daphne (3-1) 71
9. Blount (3-1) 65
10. Homewood (4-0) 46
Others receiving votes: Saraland (3-1) 30, Sidney Lanier (4-0) 15, Muscle Shoals (3-1) 8, Hartselle (3-1) 5, Park Crossing (3-1) 5, Minor (3-1) 3, Benjamin Russell (3-0) 2, Clay-Chalkville (3-1) 2.

Class 5A
1. Briarwood Chr. (27) (3-0) 350
2. St. Paul’s (3) (4-0) 275
3. Alexandria (4-0) 223
4. Carroll (3-0) 208
5. Beauregard (1-1) 173
6. Mae Jemison-Huntsville (4-0) 128
7. Jackson (3-0) 77
8. Wenonah (2-1) 73
9. Eufaula (3-1)48
10. St. Clair Co. (3-0) 36
Others receiving votes:  Jemison (2-2) 21, Greenville (1-1) 16, Brooks (2-1) 13, Pleasant Grove (2-1) 10, Boaz (1-2) 8, Calera (3-1) 8, Central-Clay CO. (2-2) 8, Mortimer Jordan (3-1) 8, Etowah (3-1) 7, Charles Henderson (1-2) 4, Crossville (3-0) 4, Demopolis (3-1) 4, Corner (2-2) 3, Williamson (2-1) 3, Hayden (2-2) 1, Talladega (3-1) 1.

Class 4A
1. Leeds (18) (4-0) 318
2. Andalusia (6) (3-1) 265
3. Rogers (5) (4-0) 244
4. UMS-Wright (1) (3-1) 212
5. Fayette Co. (4-0) 192
6. Tallassee (4-0) 155
7. Thomasville (3-0) 117
8. Deshler (3-0) 67
9. Wilson (3-0)  55
10. Hokes Bluff (2-1) 24
Others receiving votes: Alabama Chr. (4-0) 22, Madison Co. (3-0) 15, Saks (3-0) 13, Munford (2-1) 7, Montgomery Catholic (3-1) 2, Dale Co. (3-1) 1, Madison Acad. (1-2) 1.

Class 3A
1. Mobile Chr. (22) (3-0) 336
2. Piedmont (8) (3-1) 291
3. Gordo (2-1) 213
4. Oakman (3-0) 184
5. Weaver (3-0) 174
6. T.R. Miller (3-0) 131
7. Randolph Co. (2-1) 121
8. Ohatchee (3-1) 72
9. Plainview. (4-0) 36
10. Wicksburg (3-0) 24
Others receiving votes: Hillcrest-Evergreen (2-1) 22, Fultondale (3-0) 20, Clarke Co. (2-1) 16, Pike Co. (2-1) 13, American Chr. (3-1) 10, Montevallo (2-1) 10, Montgomery Acad. (3-1) 9, Colbert Co. (3-0) 8, Lauderdale Co. (2-1) 6, Sylvania (3-0) 6, Geneva (3-0) 3, Opp (1-2) 3, Greene Co. (2-1) 1. West Morgan (3-1) 1.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (27) (3-0) 351
2. Lanett (3) (4-0) 274
3. Leroy (3-0) 224
4. Aliceville (2-1) 196
5. Elba (2-1) 182
6. LaFayette (3-1) 153
7. Goshen (3-0) 113
8. Sulligent (3-0) 86

9. Abbeville (3-0) 67

10. St. Luke’s  (2-0) 20
Others receiving votes:Thorsby (3-0) 14, J.U. Blacksher (3-0) 9, Sand Rock (2-1) 9, Tanner (2-2) 9, Tarrant (2-1) 2, Section (3-1) 1

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (30) (3-0) 360
2. Pickens Co. (3-0) 231
3. Brantley (3-0) 215
4. Sweet Water (2-1) 198
5. Addison (4-0) 189
6. Georgiana (4-0) 137
7. Linden (2-1) 136
8. Houston Co. (4-0) 90
9. Isabella (3-0) 56
10. Marengo (2-1) 38
Others receiving votes: Wadley (3-0) 29, Decatur Heritage (3-0) 10, Lynn (4-0) 5, Notasulga (2-2) 5, Cedar Bluff (1-2) 2, Cherokee (3-0) 2, Hubbertville (0-2) 2, South Lamar (3-1) 2, Spring Garden (2-1) 2, Hackleburg (2-1) 1.

AISA
1. Autauga Acad. (27) (4-0) 351
2. Escambia Acad. (2) (6-0) 275
3. Monroe Acad. (1) (5-0) 234
4. Chambers Acad. (4-0) 203
5. South Choctaw Acad.  (3-1) 142
6. Bessemer Acad. (3-3) 108
7. Lee-Scott (3-1) 105
8. Pike Liberal (4-1) 97
9. Jackson Acad. (4-1) 70
10. Tuscaloosa Acad. (3-1) 63
Others receiving votes: Crenshaw Chr. (4-1) 19, Fort Dale Acad. (3-1) 12, Abbeville Chr. (2-3) 9, Marengo Acad. (1-3) 8, Glenwood School (2-3) 5, Pickens Acad. (2-2) 4, Patrician Acad. (2-2) 3, Macon-East (3-1) 1, Springwood (3-1) 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; 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; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Cody Dowler, Fort Payne Times-Journal; Craig Thomas, Florence TimesDaily; 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; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald. Not voting: Joe Medley, Anniston Star.

Ali Ayers owns barrel competition at Pearl River Rodeo

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – West Alabama barrel racer Ali Ayers finished first in the first round, the short round and in the average at the season-opening Ozark Region rodeo hosted by Pearl River Community College at the James Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Building in Hattiesburg.

The West Alabama women posted a sixth/seventh team finish and the men finished fifth overall. Missouri Valley won the team title for women and East Mississippi Community College was the men’s team champion.

The first-place finishes didn’t end with Ayers, however. Defending Ozark Region champion Lance Daniel won the bull riding and Tyler Thornton won first in team roping.

Ryanne Heath first in the long round of breakaway roping and was third in the average. Max Dever-Boaz was second in the first round of calf roping and finished fourth in the average.

Cooper Christensen won third in the calf roping short go and fifth in the average, as well as taking fourth in the steer wrestling long go. Trevor Colby was sixth in the first round of team roping.

Marlee Malcom and Cady Cooper, as well as Lucas Brasfield and Cody Stubbs, were top 10 finishers in team roping.

The Tiger Wranglers travel to the Missouri Valley Rodeo this Thursday through Saturday. The annual UWA Rodeo Showdown is scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at the Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex.

Demopolis cross country competes at Clarkdale Invitational

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The Demopolis High School cross country team traveled to the Clarkdale High School Invitational in Meridian, Miss. Saturday. Top finishers for the event were Gracie Boykin (7th overall) and Jensen Hammons (12th overall). All Demopolis High runners completed the race and many of them had personal records.

The next meet is set for Saturday, Sept. 23 at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa.

Tigers handle Mississippi College, 42-13, in GSC opener

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – West Alabama outgained Mississippi College by just three total yards, but the stat sheet doesn’t decide the outcome the way trips to the endzone do.

When the humid evening at Tiger Stadium was done Saturday, West Alabama had made it to the endzone five more times than MC on the way to a 42-13 Gulf South Conference victory.

West Alabama (2-1) had 391 total yards to 388 for Mississippi College (0-3), but the Tigers blocked two punts, one for a touchdown, and ended the night clearing the bench for the final minutes of the game.

Averaging 43 points per game, West Alabama scored four times via the run to cap extended drives, once on a long pass and on the blocked punt in the third period. Baylee Blanchard blocked the punt and Seth Knotts covered it in the MC endzone to effectively put the game away with 4:12 left in the third period.

“The biggest thing is we made plays,” UWA head coach Brett Gilliland said. “That’s what our offense is designed to do and we definitely made them when we needed to tonight.

“Anytime you can block two punts and it leads to scores, that’s big,” Gilliland said. “It’s been a big week for Coach (Lamont) Seward. He and his wife Bebe had a new baby and his special teams blocked two punts. Of course, the latter doesn’t come close to comparing to the former.”

Seven of 10 West Alabama drives ended in touchdowns. The Tigers lost two fumbles and Zach Gaines punted once for 62 yards.

Mississippi College’s only TD came on an 87-yard pass from Ty Jobe to Nathan Faciane, taking advantage of a blown Tiger coverage down the left sideline. A pair of field goals by Greg Nickles from 24 and 23 yards completed the Choctaw scoring.

UWA answered the MC bomb with a 4-yard TD run by Rashaad Lee, who would score later on a 2-yard run and finish the game with 99-yards on 13 carries. Lakendric Thomas and Tevin Moore scored on runs of five and 23 yards for the Tigers.

In addition to the two blocked punts, the West Alabama defense forced Mississippi College to turn the ball over on downs three times, giving the Tigers seven fourth-down stops in eight attempts this season.

“It’s always good when you can make those fourth-down stops,” cornerback Tevin Madison said. “We want to kill a fly with a sledgehammer, just keep beating folks down.”

Harry Satterwhite and Donta Armstrong hooked up for the third time in the last two games, this one a 34-yard scoring toss to make the score 21-7 with 2:14 left in the half.

“Anytime you can get Donta Armstrong one-on-one he will make the play,” Satterwhite said. “He just beat the guy deep and I hit him.”

Satterwhite finished 29-for-35 for 215 yards and the TD. Armstrong had eight receptions for 83 yards and a score, followed by Broc Malcom with six catches for 43 yards. Qua Boyd and Lee both had four receptions for UWA.

Ken Hibbler and Madison combined for 27 tackles. Madison had 13 stops while forcing and recovered a fumble. Ten of Hibbler’s 14 stops were solo. Terry Samuel chipped in nine tackles for UWA, who had five tackles for loss.

The Tigers limited Mississippi College to just 106 yards rushing.

“Those kind of games come from playing within the system and executing fundamentals,” Hibbler said. “You just read your keys and get to the football.”

Jobe completed 18-of-29 passes for 256 yards. Ja’Moz Mark caught six passes for 59 yards and Tiberias Lampkin had 36 yards rushing on 14 carries for the Choctaws.

West Alabama hits the road for the third time in the first four weeks of the season, traveling to North Alabama on Saturday. Mississippi College is host to Florida Tech.

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.

Sweet Water proves too strong for Marengo in region clash

Sweet Water scored early and put the game away late against Marengo Friday night during a battle for Class 1A, Region 1 supremacy. The Bulldogs used their backfield trio of Shamar Lewis, Jaylon Williamson and Jacory Brown to near perfection in the contest.

Brown scored on a 3-yard touchdown with 4:05 to go in the first quarter to put Sweet Water up 7-0. With 9:50 left, Jonah Smith hit Chastian Washington on an 8-yard scoring strike in the second to move the lead to 13-0.

On a night that saw Lewis run for 109 yards on only 13 carries, Williamson brought the hammer down on the Panthers in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 16 and eight yards, respectively. Williamson finished with 55 yards on six carries. Brown had 52 yards on 13 carries.  Smith also helped his squad by intercepting a pass on defense.

Alphonzo Lewis led the way for Marengo with 62 yards on 20 attempts.

Sweet Water (2-1, 2-0) travels to J.F. Shields next Friday night while Marengo (2-1, 1-1) hosts A.L. Johnson.