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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08-26-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Morgan Academy's QB attempts to get past a host of Longhorns in Friday's AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

08-26-16 — Linden, Ala. — Morgan Academy’s QB attempts to get past a host of Longhorns in Friday’s AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

The Longhorn senior class has its eyes set on another trip to Troy—they’ve been every year of their high school career thus far—and if Friday’s 42-6 victory is any indication, they’ll be back this year looking to seal the deal on a state championship.

The ‘Horns hosted Morgan Academy Friday and made quick and easy work of a Senator team who just last week shut out the reigning state champ, Edgewood Academy, by a final of 46-0.

“It’s big for us getting our identity,” Longhorn head coach Webb Tutt said of his team’s victory.

08-26-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo QB Jacob Beck (22) looks to the sideline for a call in Friday's AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

08-26-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo QB Jacob Beck (22) looks to the sideline for a call in Friday’s AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

“We came out a little soft at times, but we came out and finished drives when we needed to, converted some third-and-longs and some fourth downs that really kept drives going.”

Coming as somewhat of a shock was a new face at quarterback. Senior Robert Tutt, who called the shots last year, moved over to tailback and was replaced by junior Jacob Beck.

“We looked at everybody at tailback and [Robert] was our best shot, and Jacob does a good job running the offense in the Wing-T,” said Tutt.

The Longhorns struck first at the 2:57 mark when Weldon Aydelott punched it in from 2-yards out. The Hayden Megginson PAT was good, making it 7-0. Aydelott would go on to score twice in the third quarter with runs of 5 and 4-yards, respectively.

A Morgan fumble on the ensuing possession was recovered by Daniel McCray and set the ‘Horns up first-and-10 from the Senator 34-yard line. Aydelott took it 33 yards, followed by a 1-yard rush from quarterback Jacob Beck to add another touchdown with 1:34 to go in the first period of play. Megginson’s PAT put Marengo up 14-0.

48 of Gavin Tate’s 64 yards rushing came with 3:13 remaining in the first half when he found the end zone. The Megginson PAT made it 21-0.

The Senators’ only score of the night came on special teams when they returned the kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, but Marengo would have no part of allowing a PAT, so the Senators went to the locker room trailing 21-6.

08-26-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo QB Jacob Beck (22) hands the ball off to Weldon Aydelott (35) as Robert Tutt (12) comes behind for the fake in Friday's AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

08-26-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo QB Jacob Beck (22) hands the ball off to Weldon Aydelott (35) as Robert Tutt (12) comes behind for the fake in Friday’s AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

The second half saw a more defined Longhorn team come out and post three more touchdowns before rounding out the night with 42 on the board. The final score of the contest was delivered by Hayden Megginson on a 5-yard run.

“We have a lot to work on. We made a lot of mistakes, and a lot of mental mistakes, and that’s on me,” said Tutt. “I’m proud for the kids now, big win for us, but we’ve got a tough one next week. It’s Monroe, and they’re really good.”

The Longhorns put up 454 yards of total offense to Morgan’s 155. 394 of those yards came on the ground, with another 60 through the air. Aydelott, who has seamlessly filled the role vacated by alum Hayden Huckabee, lead the MA ground attack by posting 161 yards of his own.

“He hasn’t missed a beat,” Tutt said of Aydelott’s work. “We’re not as explosive offensively, putting it in the end zone as quick as we can, but he’s a force. We’ll keep pounding.”

08-26-16 -- Linden, Ala. -- Marengo's Hayden Megginson (18) looks for running room in Friday's AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

08-26-16 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo’s Hayden Megginson (18) looks for running room in Friday’s AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Marengo beat the Senators by a final score of 42-6. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Marengo’s Beck completed 2 of 4 with no interceptions, finding Landon Houlditch on both completions.

The Longhorns were forced to punt twice in the contest with Tutt averaging 43.5 yards per.

Robert Tutt lead the defensive unit with seven tackles, an assist and a forced fumble.

The Longhorns travel to Monroeville next week to face Monroe Academy (1-1). Monroe lost to Bessemer Academy to open the season, 21-7, and beat Lee-Scott Academy tonight, 21-14. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

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