ESPN 104.9 names Huckabee Player of the Week

It is one thing for a freshman to play in a varsity game. It is another entirely for him to score an offensive and a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter to leave his team to a much needed victory.

Marengo Academy’s Hayden Huckabee with ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Rob Pearson at Batter Up Sports Bar and Grill.

But that is how Hayden Huckabee started his varsity career last Friday night for the Marengo Academy Longhorns.

Huckabee rolled off a 78-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to erase a 6-0 deficit against South Choctaw Acadamy. Later, with only 7 seconds remaining in the game, he intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to ice the contest.

His efforts gave the Longhorns a good start to a new season that follows a very rough 2011 campaign. His exploits also made him the very first Player of the Week for the ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show. Show host Rob Pearson along with Sean Parker of ESPN 104.9 honored Huckabee with a commemorative t-shirt and a free meal at Batter Up in Demopolis during the show Tuesday evening.

The Coaches Show will name one local athlete as its top performer each week. The show takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Batter Up in the marvelous every Tuesday evening.