Impenetrable Panthers ground Flying Squadron for playoff win

11-9-17 — Dixon Mills, Ala. — Marengo High QB Quandaris Ausbon (2) accounted for a total of four touchdowns on the night while rushing 154 yards and completing 5 of 7 pass attempts for 89 yards. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Marengo High School entered its first round Class 1A playoff matchup looking to do more than just win the game. The Panthers made an emphatic statement with a 50-0 shutout of Highland Home while completely dismantling a Flying Squadron offense that had accounted for 433 points through 10 games. Marengo piled up 412 yards while holding Highland Home to 67 yards and only three first downs.

“We wanted to make a statement,” Marengo coach Eberne Myrthil said. “We heard a lot about their offense and their ability to put up points. We challenged our defense to make this a statement game. I was very proud of our team in every facet of the game. We played a complete game.”

Ronald Bouler paced the defensive effort with eight tackles including three for loss and two sacks. Johnny Kennedy added eight tackles with two for loss and one sack. De’Angelos Crispin and Curtis Autery notched seven tackles apiece. KeShawn Fountain intercepted a pass for the Panther defense.

The offense saw its biggest contributions come from quarterback Quandaris Ausbon. The senior standout rushed nine times for 154 yards and two touchdowns while also completing 5 of 7 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Calvin Ferguson rushed eight times for 70 yards. Alphonzo Lewis had 12 carries for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roosevelt Thompson had seven rushes for 42 yards.

Autery hauled in two passes for 30 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Crispin caught one pass for 38 yards.

Marengo (8-3) will face the winner of Georgiana and Winterboro next Friday night.

Marengo mauls Southern Choctaw

Marengo High finished its regular season with user dominating 42-12 win over Class 2A Southern Choctaw Friday night.

The Panthers got 85 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Calvin Ferguson to anchor the effort. Roosevelt Thompson added 115 yards and two touchdowns on eight rushes. Alphonzo Lewis ran for 78 yards and a touchdown. Curtis Autery caught three passes for 62 yards. Quandaris Ausbon completed 5 of 6 passes for 87 yards.

Ronald Bouler had 10 tackles and a sack for the Panther defense. Johnny Kennedy finished with eight tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a sack. Devin Harris had five tackles while Autery finished with eight.

Marengo (7-3, 5-2) finishes as the No. 2 seed in Class 1A, Region 1 and will host the Highland Home Flying Squadron in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs Thursday night in Dixon’s Mills.

Marengo High dusts McIntosh for final Region 1 win

Marengo wrapped up Class 1A, Region 1 play Thursday night with a 52-0 road victory over McIntosh. The Panthers featured a balanced attack that saw six different offensive players score touchdowns in the game.

Calvin Ferguson rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on only three carries. Phelix Hosea had a 10-yard touchdown run. Deldrick Bouler ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns on five rushes. Quindaris Ausbon completed 3 of 4 passes for 71 yards and three touchdowns. Curtis Autery caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. De’Angelos Crispin hauled in a 23-yard touchdown while Roosevelt Thompson caught a 30-yard scoring strike. Alphonzo Lewis ran for 40 yards on his lone carry.

Sophomore lineman Ronald Bouler shined on the defensive side of the ball, running roughshod over the Demon offensive line. Bouler finished with 10 tackles including four for loss, two sacks, a safety and a blocked punt.

Kevian Cade had five tackles including two for a loss. Daryl McItonsh had five tackles. Thompson had four tackles. Deldrick Bouler and Phillip Hosea each intercepted a pass.

Marengo (5-3, 4-2) is set to host Class 2A Southern Choctaw next Friday.

Marengo blasts through Shields

Marengo High dispatched of Region 1 foe J.F. Shields rather easily Friday night with a 63-6 victory.

Alphonzo Lewis ran the ball five times for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Deldrick Bouler had four carries for 61 yards. Phelix Hosea finished with four carries for 70 yards. Curtis Autery caught two passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Quindaris Ausbon ran the ball twice for a total of 40 yards and a score while also completing 5 of 7 passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnny Kennedy seven tackles including five for loss. Autery intercepted a pass on defense. Kevian Cade had an interception return for a touchdown. Ronald Bouler finished with five tackles, including three for a loss.

Marengo (5-2, 4-1) hosts Linden next Friday night with a chance to clinch the No. 2 seed in Class 1A, Region 1.

Panthers pummel Pirates for region win

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Marengo RB Alphonzo Lewis (3) breaks to the outside for a big gain against the Pirates.

DIXON’S MILLS – Marengo fought through a sluggish start to drill Class 1A, Region 1 foe Fruitdale 52-0 Thursday night. The Panthers leaned on their predictably strong ground attack to anchor the offensive attack. Junior tailback Alphonzo Lewis proved electric for the Panthers again, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Lewis also returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score. Calvin Ferguson ran for two touchdowns and five two-point conversions.

Quindaris Ausbon rushed seven times for 58 yards. Deldrick Bouler had three rushes for 44 yards. Phelix Hosea ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Bouler finished with eight tackles and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. Ronald Bouler finished with eight tackles and a sack. Devin Harris had five tackles and a sack. Kevian Cade notched six tackles and a sack.

Marengo (4-2, 3-1) is set to host J.F. Shields next Friday night.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Panther QB Quindaris Ausbon splits two Pirate defenders and runs for a first down.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Marengo defenders Deldrick Bouler (21) and Johnny Kennedy (53) pull down the Fruitdale RB.

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.

Marengo thumps Choctaw County in season opener

Marengo High gashed Class 2A Choctaw County with a multi-faceted ground attack that propelled the Panthers to a 62-0 season-opening win Friday night. Marengo tallied five touchdowns on the ground, one through the air, and one on special teams in the victory.

Alphonzo Lewis headlined the night with 193 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Roosevelt Thompson added 63 and a touchdown on six carries in addition to six 2-point conversion runs. Qindaris Ausbon had 51 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Calvin Ferguson had 52 yards on four carries.

JacQuan Fountain connected with Kema Packer on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Phillip Hosea returned a punt for a score. Devin Harris notched a safety for the Panther defense.

De’Angelos Crispin had seven tackles and a sack. Dominique Harris recorded four tackles. Johnny Kennedy had four tackles and a sack. Kevian Cade and Clarence Tolbert each had two tackles and a sack.

Marengo (1-0) opens Class 1A, Region 1 play next Friday night when it travels to Millry.

Sweet Water at No. 2 to open ASWA preseason football poll

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water coach Pat Thompson instructs his team during the first day of fall practice Monday. The Bulldogs are the highest ranked squad in the county, debuting at No. 2 in the ASWA preseason poll.

Changes abound as Marengo County high schools ready for the 2017 football season. A year marked by turnover at the top, four of the six high school football teams in the county have welcomed new head coaches.

In Class 5A, Brian Seymore is in from Class 7A Mary Montgomery and his Tigers debut in the Alabama Sports Writers Association preseason poll on the outside looking in. The Tigers, who were 7-4 a season ago, are the highest vote getter in the classification not to make the Top 10. Joining them in the “others receiving votes” category are notable powers Russellville, Jackson, Charles Henderson and Mortimer Jordan as well as region foe Calera. Topping the Class 5A ranking is reigning champion Beauregard, which received 23 of 31 first place votes. Briarwood Christian is No. 2 and garnered three first place votes. St. Paul’s received two first place votes and sits at No. 3.

Reigning champ and perennial power Maplesville tops the Class 1A poll with 29 first place votes. But Marengo County is well represented in the AHSAA’s smallest classification as three school populate the Top 10. Sweet Water sits at No. 2 off a 9-3 season saw them finish in the quarterfinal round. They tallied 261 total points, putting them just ahead of Linden. The Patriots, who are in their first season under new head coach Demetrice Jackson, were 13-1 a season ago and ended their campaign in the semifinals. Marengo High pulls in at No. 9 in the preseason poll, just one point ahead of No. 10 Notasulga. Eberne Myrthil’s Panthers were 6-5 last season and lost a thrilling first round playoff game to Brantley.

Marengo Academy has been a dominant force in the AISA and looks to continue that trend in 2017. New coach Lebo Jones and his team will have to earn every bit of respect they get this season as the Longhorns are well outside of the Top 10 in the “others receiving votes” category following an offseason permeated with coaching questions before the late hire of the new head man.

A.L. Johnson, which saw the departure of Johnney Ford two weeks ago and the hiring of Roosevelt Moore late last week, is the lone Marengo County team not mentioned in the preseason poll.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Preseason – Aug. 9, 2017

(First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses)

 Class 7A
1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366
2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2) 261
3. Thompson (5-5) 229
4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191
5. James Clemens (8-4) 179
6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171
7. Spain Park (8-3) 114
8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83
9. Auburn (8-4) 64
10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
Others receiving votes: Gadsden City (7-6) 22, Mountain Brook (8-3) 10, Vestavia Hills (5-5) 8, Lee-Montgomery (0-9) 5, Murphy (6-5) 5, Sparkman (4-6) 3.

Class 6A
1. Ramsay (18) (13-2) 297
2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (4) (11-1) 233
3. Blount (1) (10-3) 201
4. Austin (2) (10-4) 194
5. Opelika (13-2) 184
6. Pinson Valley (5) (8-4) 180
7. Oxford (10-1) 155
8. Daphne (1) (9-3) 108
9. Muscle Shoals (7-6) 76
10. Park Crossing (13-1) 44
Others receiving votes: Spanish Fort (10-3) 43, Gardendale (8-4) 12, Hazel Green (6-4) 8, Jackson-Olin (8-3) 8, Clay-Chalkville (6-5) 5, Sidney Lanier (8-3) 5, Wetumpka (8-3) 5, Decatur (10-2) 4, Saraland (6-5) 3, McAdory (8-4) 1, Pell City (6-5) 1.

Class 5A
1. Beauregard (26) (13-1) 350
2. Briarwood Chr. (3) (12-2) 270
3. St. Paul’s (2) (9-4) 260
4. Vigor (8-4) 183
T5. Alexandria (5-4) 127
T5. Carroll (12-1) 127
7. Central-Clay Co. (9-3) 97
8. Wenonah (11-3) 90
9. Eufaula (8-3) 87
10. Brooks (9-3)56
Others receiving votes:  Demopolis (7-4) 25, Russellville (8-4) 19, Jackson (9-4) 15, Charles Henderson (7-4) 11, Mortimer Jordan (10-3) 10, Scottsboro (12-1) 10, Etowah (9-3) 9, Calera (8-4) 7, Guntersville (6-5) 6, Fairfield (7-5) 5, Pleasant Grove (4-7) 2, Moody (4-6) 1.

Class 4A
1. Handley (29) (13-2) 365
2. Andalusia (12-2) 257
3. Madison Acad. (11-4) 188
4. UMS-Wright (1) (9-3) 172
5. Rogers (12-1) 162
6. Leeds (1) (8-4) 142
7. St. James (10-2) 101
8. Hokes Bluff (9-5)  80
9. Cordova (9-3) 74
10. Fayette Co. (5-7) 61
Others receiving votes: Tallassee (9-4) 54, Cherokee Co. (10-3) 26, Wilson (8-3) 25, Madison Co. (6-5) 19, Thomasville (9-3) 12, Bibb Co. (8-4) 7, Dale Co. (7-4) 7, North Jackson (6-5) 6, Munford (6-5) 4, West Blocton (6-5) 3, Haleyville (9-2) 2.

Class 3A
1. Piedmont (27) (15-0) 351
2. Mobile Chr. (3) (13-2) 271
3. Gordo (1) (13-1) 268
4. Ohatchee (12-2) 165
5. Montevallo (10-2) 162
6. Opp (9-2) 110
7. Oakman (8-5) 109
8. Pike Co. (9-3) 85
9. Weaver (9-4) 72
10. Randolph Co. (10-3) 59
Others receiving votes: Clarke Co. (4-6) 43, Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-7) 24, Lauderdale Co. (7-5) 12, T.R. Miller (8-3) 12, Fultondale (8-3) 9, Bayside Acad. (8-5) 5, Plainview (6-5) 4, Wicksburg (8-4) 4, Lexington (8-4) 1, Straughn (4-6) 1.

Class 2A
1. Fyffe (28) (15-0) 354
2. Aliceville (1) (13-2) 272
3. Lanett (1) (11-3) 230
4. Elba (10-3) 225
5. G.W. Long (1) (12-1) 154
6. Tanner (9-4) 128
7. LaFayette (12-1) 125
8. Leroy (8-4) 110
9. New Brockton (7-5) 52
10. Sand Rock (9-3) 43
Others receiving votes: Reeltown (6-5) 17, Sheffield (9-3) 13, Goshen (8-4) 12, Southern Choctaw (10-2) 12, Cleveland (8-4) 5, Washington Co. (6-4) 5, Horseshoe Bend (6-5) 4, Cold Springs (5-6) 2, Westbrook Chr. (3-7) 2, Luverne (7-4) 1, Red Bay (8-3) 1.

Class 1A
1. Maplesville (29) (14-0) 365
2. Sweet Water (9-3) 261
3. Linden (2) (13-1) 246
4. Pickens Co. (11-4) 210
5. Brantley (7-5) 166
6. Addison (13-1) 110
7. Cedar Bluff (8-4) 107
8. Spring Garden (10-2) 79
9. Marengo (6-5) 50
10. Notasulga (7-5) 49
Others receiving votes: Hackleburg (9-3) 30, Houston Co. (6-5) 22, Loachapoka (3-8) 13, Georgiana (12-1) 12, Wadley (10-1) 12, Decatur Heritage (10-3) 10, Isabella (10-2) 10, Ragland (7-4) 5, Sumiton Chr. (9-3) 3, Hubbertville (10-2) 2 South Lamar (6-5) 2, Millry (4-7) 1, Talladega Co. Central (4-6) 1, Woodville (5-6) 1.

AISA
1. Autauga Acad. (28) (13-0) 353
2. Bessemer Acad. (2) (13-1) 283
3. Escambia Acad.  (8-5) 247
4. Monroe Acad. (1) (11-2) 215
5. Glenwood (8-4) 185
6. South Choctaw Acad.  (8-3) 139
7. Chambers Acad. (12-1) 127
8. Abbeville Chr. (7-6) 77
9. Pike Liberal (6-5) 49
10. Lee-Scott (7-5) 41
Others receiving votes: Clarke Prep (4-8) 21, Patrician (5-6) 14, Cornerstone Chr. (8-3) 5, Marengo Acad. (11-1) 5, Southern Acad. (4-7) 4, Lakeside (5-6) 1, Lowndes Acad. (8-3) 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; Gary Estwick, 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; 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; Thomas Scott, Selma Times-Journal; Alec Etheridge, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Evan Dudley, Wetumpka Herald.

 

Marengo High teams cap season in sub-regional round

The Marengo High varsity basketball teams concluded their seasons Tuesday night with a pair of losses to J.F. Shields in sub-regional action.

The Lady Panthers opened the night with a 75-55 loss to J.F. Shields. J’Mya Hall had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Marengo. Iesha Bouler added 11 points and nine rebounds. Angela Bouler had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Marquaja Brown scored 28 points for Shields. Ti’Ajah McCreary finished with 26 points while ShaMya Johnson had 10.

The varsity boys lost to Shields 44-32. Cordarius Pritchett tallied 16 points and eight rebounds. Tyrik Nettles headed the effort for Shields with 16 points while Benjamin Lyman had 13.

Both Shields teams advance to the South Regional in Dothan Friday. The girls will face Kinston while the boys tangle with Georgiana.

Linden teams win Class 1A, Area 4 titles

LINDEN – In a Class 1A, Area 4 championship double-header Friday night, Linden High saw both its varsity teams claim area titles.

The Lady Patriots opened the night with a 69-44 win over Marengo High. Linden started the game with a 17-9 first quarter aided by seven points and four steals from Tomysha Boykin in the frame. The senior stroked a buzzer-beating three from the left corner off an inbound assist from Imiya Agee to cap the period. Linden never looked back.

Amber Richardson had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five steals to lead Linden. Agee added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Boykin finished with 12 points, five assists and five steals.

J’Mya Hall paced Marengo with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.

““She’s real good. I think she can go All-State. Being a ninth grader averaging 20-plus points a game, she’s the real deal,” Marengo coach Eberne Myrthil said of his standout freshman guard.

Kadijah Crispin added nine points for the Lady Panthers.

Richardson, Agee, Boykin, Hall and Crispin each made the All-Tournament team along with A.L. Johnson’s Akayla McGhee and Sweet Water’s Gabby Cassity.

Linden (20-4) hosts McIntosh Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the sub-regional round. Marengo (6-13) travels to J.F. Shields for sub-regional action.

“We feel good because of our defense. Our defense always carries us,” Linden coach Teressa Bolden said of her team’s prospects moving into elimination play. “We did a good job on defense tonight. Third quarter, we came out, really stepped it up and turned the defense up.”

“We’ve had a lot of growth. I think we’ve got some leadership on the floor for us at all times. Angela Bouler, Iesha Bouler and J’Mya Hall have been big for us. And Kadijah Crispin stepped up big for us in this tournament. Coach Miller has done a great job all year of working with them,” Myrthil said. “The future is bright in Marengo.”

The boys varsity followed with a 59-41 victory over Marengo. The game featured four lead changes in the first quarter as the Pats played to a 15-13 advantage. From there, the Linden defense took over, holding the Panthers to 15 points over the next two frames to effectively put the game way.

““They drove the ball pretty good and we let them drive. We weren’t closing the gaps in the defense we were playing and they were taking advantage of that,” Linden coach Demetrice Jackson said. “In the first half, we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds. We were letting them get second and third chance opportunities at the basket. At halftime, we went to the white board and made a couple of changes. Our plan for the second half was to make sure we crashed the boards better.”

Linden executed the adjustment well in the second half as it went on to out-rebound Marengo 46-30 in the contest. Four Patriot players had at least six rebounds in the game.

Deantre Johnson spearheaded the Linden effort with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Dequan Charleston finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Scott had 11 points and six rebounds.

Roosevelt Thompson had 17 points for Marengo. Cordarius Pritchett scored nine points. De’Angelos Crispin snagged 14 rebounds.

Johnson, Charleston, Scott, Thompson and Pritchett each made the All-Tournament team along with Sweet Water’s Anthony Jones and A.L. Johnson’s Leo Baker.

Linden (18-9) hosts McIntosh Tuesday night for sub-regional action. Marengo (7-12) travels to J.F. Shields.

“They’re a good ball club. We’ve seen them a time or two this season. We’re looking to continue to achieve our goals. We’re going to have an evening practice Sunday. We’re going to have a light practice Monday,” Jackson said.