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.

10-17-2017 Marengo Academy PeeWee vs Patrician (with gallery)

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — The Marengo Academy PeeWee football team storms the field prior to their game against the Patrician Academy Saints.

Linden – On Tuesday night, the Marengo Academy PeeWee football team hosted Patrician Academy Saints for a regional championship game. While the Longhorns ultimately fell to the visiting Saints, the Longhorns put up a valiant effort in a game that was one of the better football games to be witnessed this year.

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy Longhorn McGuire Davis breaks free on a 70-yard touchdown run against the Patrician Academy Saints.

The Longhorns got on the board on their first possession with a 70-yard touchdown run by McGuire Davis with 6:15 to go in the first quarter. An unsuccessful PAT would give the ‘Horns a 6-0 lead.  But, the lead would not last long as Patrician’s Carson Coody ran it in from 62 yards out on the Saints’ first possession. An unsuccessful PAT by the Saints would leave the score knotted at 6-6 with 4:55 to go in the first quarter.

The Saints’ next possession would see Coody take the ball 59 yards for his second touchdown of the first quarter at the :50 mark. A successful 2-pt conversion gave the Saints a 14-6 lead over the Longhorns. The first quarter would end with Patrician leading Marengo 14-6.

The Longhorns were the first to strike in the second quarter, when Caleb Cobb scored on a 28-yard run with 6:07 to go. An unsuccessful PAT would bring the Longhorns to within two points at 14-12. Coody and the Saints responded quickly with a 70-yard touchdown run with 5:47 to go in the first half. The unsuccessful PAT would give the Saints a 20-12 lead and the first half would end with that score.

With 5:57 to go in the third quarter, Coody struck again, this time, from 50 yards out. the 2-point conversion would stretch the Longhorn deficit to 28-12. The Longhorns would be unable to score in the third quarter.

10-17-17 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Caleb Cobb outruns a Saint’s defender during the Longhorns game against Patrician Academy.

Marengo’s Cobb would help pull the ‘Horns within 10 points with a 45-yard run at the 7:02 mark of the fourth quarter. A successful 2-point conversion would pull the ‘Horns within eight points of the Saints at 28-20. However, the Saints’ Coody would collect his fifth and final touchdown of the night on a 47-yard run with 4:35 to go in the game. An failed PAT would stretch the Saints’ lead over the Longhorns to 34-20. Never giving up, the Longhorns drove to the Saints’ 10-yard line and Cobb added his third touchdown of the night. A successful 2-point conversion closed the Longhorn deficit to 34-28 with 1:03 to go in the game. The Longhorns gave a great effort at a defensive stand, but were unable to hold the Saints who ran the clock out on their following possession.

Linden Arrest Reports: Oct. 16, 2017

Oct. 3 – Tiffany Moseley, 38, Contempt of Court

Oct. 3 – Kynard Craig, 22, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Discharge a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling

Oct. 3 – Roy Simmons, 71, Public Intoxication

Oct. 3 – Andrew Cannon, 38, Domestic Violence

Oct. 5 – Carl Odom, 59, DUI

LHS celebrates homecoming (gallery)

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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.

Sweet Water ground game pounds Linden

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
A swarming Dawg “ D” pushes back Linden’s Graderius Brown.

Sweet Water relied almost exclusively on its traditionally powerful ground attack to wrest away a key Region 1 win over Linden Friday night. The Bulldogs scored 21 consecutive points over a stretch of 19:05 of game time to anchor a 42-20 victory.

With the game knotted at 14 late in the second quarter, Jonah Smith hit Chastian Washington for a 49-yard touchdown strike to give the Bulldogs the lead. Deshawn Blanks added the PAT to set the advantage at 21-14.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Bulldog Jacory Brown (40) leads Shamar Lewis (6) en route to a second half TD.

Shamar Lewis contributed an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to move it to 28-14. Luke Davis then picked off a Patriot pass in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown to move the lead to 35-14.

Kevin Green scored on a 7-yard run with 4:58 to play to narrow the deficit to 35-20 and keep Linden in the game. Lewis iced the game on a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:10 to go in the contest.

Jaylon Williamson opened the scoring with 4:05 remaining in the first quarter when he found the end zone on a 6-yard sprint to put Sweet Water up 7-0. Grady Brown later hit Green for an 8-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 7-7. Williamson put Sweet Water up 14-7 on a 17-yard run with 4:53 to go in the second quarter. Brown later found Green again for a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game once more.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Patriot Graderius Brown (5) leaps over Bulldog defender Shamar Lewis deep in Sweet Water territory.

Linden had 367 yards of total offense but was ultimately felled, in part, by its lack of ball control. The Patriots threw two interceptions and fumbled four times though they only lost one such miscue. The Pats also incurred eight penalties for 60 yards.

Sweet Water amassed 295 yards rushing to buoy a 344-yard offensive night. Lewis totaled 128 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Williamson added 83 yards and two touchdowns on 13 runs.

Green hauled in four passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Isaiah Scott caught four passes for 96 yards. Scott also intercepted a pass for the Linden defense. Trent Sams had one INT for the Sweet Water defense.

Sweet Water (4-1, 4-0) travels to McIntosh next Friday night. Linden (3-3, 2-2) hosts A.L. Johnson.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water WR Chastian Washington (22) hauls in a Jonah Smith pass for a 3rd Quarter TD.

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.)

Homestead exemption for property owners at hand

Property owners over age 65 may qualify for an extra ad valorem tax discount on their homesteads, but they must register for it per Alabama law. To make it easier for residents to understand their required actions for claiming this exemption, Revenue Commissioner Sharon Barkley will be going to the Demopolis and Linden Senior Centers to talk about homestead exemptions.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. Barkley will be in Demopolis at the West Alabama Senior Center and on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Barkley will be at the Meals for Elderly Building in Linden. Those who have never applied for the exemption before are encouraged to attend. Inquiries and concerns are directed to the Revenue Commissioner’s Office at 334-295-2214.

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.

LHS 2017-2018 Student Council officers and representatives elected

On Sept. 13, the Linden High School student body voted to elect the students who will represent them as officers and class representatives on the 2017-2018 LHS Student Council. LHS Principal Mr. Roderick O. Hamilton is pleased to announce that the newly elected LHS Student Council roster includes President Jordan Thomas, Vice President Dajia Miller, Secretary Briana Johnson, Treasurer William Dukes, Sergeant-at-Arms Jessica Robertson, Senior Class Representative Isaiah Scott, Junior Class Representatives Anna Scott and Amber Jenkins, Sophomore Representatives Richell Bates and Kiyauna Alston, and Freshmen Representatives Mekhel Miller and Jakayla Rogers. The LHS Student Council sponsor is Mitzi Gates.