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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
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.

AISA
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.