Patrician standout Sturdivant signs with Judson College

(Photo courtesy Choctaw Sun)

Patrician Academy senior Charlie Sturdivant will continue her softball career at the collegiate level next season after signing with Judson College. Sturdivant is a former West Alabama Watchman All-County volleyball and softball player from her time at Sweet Water High School. Since transferring to Patrician, she has been an All-County and All-Region selection in volleyball and was the Choctaw Sun Player of the Year as a junior.

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.

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.)

ESPN 104.9 recognizes Patrician’s Sessions

ESPN 104.9 Tuesday Night Coaches Show host Rob Pearson alongside Patrician senior Kaleb Sessions. (Photo by Jeremy Smith)

ESPN 104.9 Tuesday Night Coaches Show host Rob Pearson alongside Patrician senior Kaleb Sessions. (Photo by Jeremy Smith)

Last week was nothing short of a must-win for Patrician Academy as it looked to rebound from a region loss and keep pace amid a difficult grouping that includes contenders Jackson, Lowndes, South Choctaw, Southern and Sparta: five teams with a combined win-loss record of 12-4.

So the Saints did what they did so often last season and fed the rock to explosive tailback Kaleb Sessions. And then they fed it to him again and again. And, as he did so often last season in the team’s run-up to the AISA Class A state title game, Sessions produced in a big, big way.

He tallied 220 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a 28-16 win over Lowndes. That was enough to keep his team in the thick of AISA, Class A Region 1. But it was also enough to earn him ESPN 104.9 Tuesday Night Coaches Show Player of the Week honors. Sessions spent time with the show’s crew Tuesday night at Batter Up Sports Grill and received a commemorative T-shirt as well as a gift certificate from The Gold Mine for his efforts.

Patrician steps out of region play to face Clarke Prep this week.

Demopolis senior Tim Bonner wins Anthony Robinson Award

ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Rob Pearson, Linden High principal Dr. Timothy Thurman, Demopolis High senior Tim Bonner, Anthony Robinson Sr., ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Jeremy Smith and Demopolis HIgh football coach Tom Causey.

ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Rob Pearson, Linden High principal Dr. Timothy Thurman, Demopolis High senior Tim Bonner, Anthony Robinson Sr., ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Jeremy Smith and Demopolis High football coach Tom Causey.

Demopolis High School senior defensive end Tim Bonner received the Anthony Robinson Player of the Year Award from the ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show crew Tuesday night at Batter Up Sports Grill in Demopolis.

“We had a number of great players from which to choose this year,” ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show co-host Jeremy Smith said. “Tim Bonner stood out because of how impactful he was on the game. Even on plays he did not make, he had such a profound impact on the way opposing teams ran their offenses.”

Bonner led the Tigers with 84 total tackles including 31 for loss and nine sacks. The ESPN 104.9 crew selected the Louisville commit for the award as part of its second annual Super 11 team.

“Tim plays with such a high motor. He was really all over the field this year,” Smith said. “After playing as a passing down specialist his junior year, he was really challenged to develop his game this year and answered in a big, big way. If we gave away a Most Improved Player Award, Tim might have won that one too.”

Bonner received the award Tuesday from Anthony Robinson Sr. and Linden High principal Dr. Timothy Thurman.

The award is named in honor of the late Anthony Robinson Jr., the former Linden High standout who was the first ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show Player of the Year.

Bonner is the third winner of the award, following Robinson in 2012 and Sweet Water’s Jakoby Aldridge in 2013.

The award winners are memorialized on a plaque that will be posted at Batter Up Sports Grill in Demopolis.

The other members of the 2014 ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show Super 11 team were Marengo Academy’s Hayden Hall, Carson Huckabee and Hayden Huckabee, Southern Academy’s Dylan Bamberg, Patrician Academy’s Kaleb Sessions, Sumter Academy’s Clay Truelove, Marengo High School’s Travarious Harris, Demopolis High’s Rahmeel Cook and Rashad Lynch and Sweet Water’s Deshon Kilpatrick.

Big plays lift Patrician over Sumter

By Larry Jowers

Special to the Watchman

Sumter Academy lines up over the ball on offense last Friday night against Patrician.

Sumter Academy lines up over the ball on offense last Friday night against Patrician.

YORK — Patrician Academy scored on plays of 49, 63, 65, 31 and 60 yards en route to a 42-21 victory over Sumter Academy Friday.

Patrician’s Devin Black scored on a 49-yard run on the game’s opening possession to give the visiting Saints a 7 -0 lead. Sumter answered that scoring drive with one of its own, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Clay Truelove to Anderson Newman.

Patrician added its second score of the night on a 63-yard touchdown reception by Kaleb Sessions. Truelove tied the score at 14 -14, culminating a long Sumter drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Patrician scored on Kaleb Sessions runs on 65 and 31 yards to take a 28-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The third quarter was a scoreless affair as neither team could put together a scoring drive. Black would score on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Saints ahead 35-14 and then extended the lead to 42-14 with a 60-yard touchdown run on the team’s next possession.

Clay Truelove is sacked by a Patrician Academy defender.

Clay Truelove is sacked by a Patrician Academy defender.

Sumter added a late touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Truelove to Zach Maness for the 42-21 final.

Truelove rushed for 142 yards on 31 carries and was 13-for-30 passing for 141 yards. Nathan Williamson rushed for 73 yards on 13 attempts. Blake Jowers led the receivers with five catches for 50 yards. Maness had two receptions for 46 yards and Newman had three for 35 yards.

Sessions led Patrician with 171 yards rushing while Black added 166 yards on the ground.

Blaine Winsett tallied seven tackles for the Eagles. Logan Atcheson had five. Lane Duke intercepted a Patrican pass for his third on the season.

Sumter will take on Pickens Academy, Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Senior night activities will take place before the game as Sumter will recognize senior football players Nathan Williamson, Blake Jowers, Blaine Winsett, Zach Maness and Lane Duke and senior cheerleaders Katy Kelley, Christina Pruitt and Keri Bryan.

SA Offense Summary. Rushing: Williamson 13/74, Truelove 31/142. Passing: Truelove 13/30 for 141 yards 2 TD, 2 Int. Receiving: Jowers 5/50, Maness 2/46, Newman 3/35, Williamson 2/8, Shaw 1/2. KO returns: Williamson 6/139, Maness 2/6.

SA Defense Summary: Atcheson 5, Moore 1, Williamson 3, Carson Newman 3, Jowers 4, Anderson Newman 1, Maness 1, McElroy 2, Truelove 3, Winsett 7.

Longhorns swipe Region 2 crown from Saints

IMG_2127LIVINGSTON — The fourth time proved to be the charm for Marengo Academy (14-11) Saturday as they knocked off Patrician 57-53 to win the AISA Class A Region 2 championship.

Having lost to Patrician (19-5) three times this season, Marengo overcame an early flurry from the Saints to go on an 18-8 run in the second quarter and carry a 25-21 lead into half.

Patrician embarked on a 15-4 run in the third quarter to open up a 36-29 advantage. Shade Pritchett connected on a two and Cason Cook added a pair of free throws to cut it to 36-33. Pritchett then connected on a drive following a steal to put the Longhorns down 36-35.

The Longhorns trailed almost the entire third quarter and carried the 40-39 lead into the fourth after Carson Huckabee connected on a jumper at the third period buzzer.

Cason Cook and Shade Pritchett earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo Academy while Hayden Huckabee (middle) took home the Most Valuable Player trophy.

Cason Cook and Shade Pritchett earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo Academy while Hayden Huckabee (middle) took home the Most Valuable Player trophy.

The shot set the stage for a frenetic fourth quarter. Preston Trawick got three the hard way with a lay-up and a free throw to tie it at 42. Anthony Antonelli returned the lead to the Longhorns with a three-pointer to put MA on top 45-42.

Gentry Allen answered for the Saints with a triple to knot the game at 45. Moments later, Hayden Huckabee drained a three only to watch Allen answer right back on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 48.

After two Cook free throws put Marengo up 50-48, Allen struck again with his third long-distance shot of the quarter, staking Patrician to a 51-50 lead with 5:20 to play.

Pritchett connected on a jumper with 3:03 to play to put Marengo back on top at 52-51. Trawick tipped the game back into Patrician’s favor with a put-back to leave the Saints up 53-52 with 2:19 to play.

Hayden Huckabee then made the most of a Patrician foul with a pair of free throws to put the Longhorns up 54-53 with 1:32 to play.

Antonelli sealed the game with a jumper at the 17 second mark to leave the Longhorns up 56-53.

Pritchett scored 16 points to lead Marengo. Hayden Huckabee finished with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds. Cook contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Trawick led Patrician with 19 points and nine rebounds. Allen finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

Cook and Pritchett earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo while Hayden Huckabee took home Most Valuable Player honors.

Marengo locks up the No. 1 seed out of Region 2 in front of next week’s state tournament. The Longhorns will play Wednesday at Huntingdon College.

Lady Longhorns trample Patrician

LINDEN — Marengo Academy (16-0) took command over Patrician early Saturday and never looked back en route to a 59-41 area win.

The Longhorns carried a 20-9 lead through the first eight minutes of play before stretching the advantage to 32-17 by halftime.

Chandler Stenz led the way for the Lady Longhorns with 23 points. Brooke Smyly added 17 in the win.

Gabby George led Patrician with 20 points while Tyler Armstead added eight.

“We’ve improved a lot over the course of the year,” Marengo coach Danny Stenz said. “We don’t have to rely on one or two scorers anymore. I think we’re more balanced and everybody is contributing this year.”

That balanced scoring attack also saw seven points from Conner Etheridge, five from Victoria Belcher, three from Anna Michael Crocker and two each from Andrea Edmonds and Kim Osborn Saturday.

Despite the well-rounded offensive contribution and the unblemished record, the Lady Longhorns have been forced to overcome significant attrition this season.

“It almost feels like we’re in survival mode right now,” Stenz said. “We started with eight (players) and had two go out for the year.”

Marengo is set to return to action Monday with a road game at Southern Academy before a Tuesday tilt at Sumter.

Longhorns trample Patrician 37-0

IMG_7834BUTLER — Marengo Academy (4-0) dominated from the outset Thursday night in a 37-0 win over rival Patrician.

The Longhorns drove to the Patrician 2 on the game’s opening drive before failing to score. On the Saints’ first play from scrimmage, Hayden Huckabee forced a fumble and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Huckabee then fired a pass to Cason Cook for a two-point conversion play to put MA up 8-0.

Huckabee continued doing damage in the second quarter when he scored on runs of three yards and 40 yards.

With 36 seconds remaining in the half, MA all but put the game out of reach when Tyler Barkley found Shade Pritchett for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Brant Lewis connected on all three extra point attempts in the second quarter to put MA up 29-0 at halftime.

Marengo got the final score of the contest with 10:09 to play in the fourth when Josh Holifield punched it in from a yard out. Huckabee then found Pritchett for the two-point conversion to leave the game at its final margin.

IMG_7869The Longhorns imposed their will on Patrician for 21 first downs in the contest while allowing only three to the Saints. MA rushed the ball 48 times for 325 yards as compared to 28 yards on 26 carries for the Saints.

The Longhorns amassed 374 yards of total offense and allowed only 26 in the rout.

Huckabee led the offense with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Holifield ran for 78 yards and a score on 14 carries. Sebastian Hale carried the ball seven times for 62 yards.

Carson Huckabee had 10 tackles and two sacks for the Longhorn defense. Hayden Hall and Thomas Etheridge each finished with 10 tackles. Brant Lewis had seven tackles and a sack while Pritchett had six tackles.

IMG_7907The Longhorns are scheduled to host another out-of-class rival in Class AA Wilcox Academy next Friday night.

Saints march on Longhorns for 301 rushing yards

LINDEN — Marengo Academy struggled to overcome a punishing Patrician ground game on the way to a 16-6 loss Thursday night.

The visiting Saints took the lead with 7:28 to play in the first half when Parker Allen bowled through would-be tacklers on his way to a 13-yard touchdown run. Caleb Bonner added the two-point conversion run to put Patrician up 8-0.

After Marengo’s ensuing drive stalled just beyond midfield, Brant Lewis launched a 43-yard punt that penned Patrician at its own 7. Nine plays later, the Saints appeared destined to add to their lead before half when Marengo Academy’s Tyler Barkley intercepted an errant Saint pass in the backfield to stop the threat, which had reached as far as the MA 28.

The Saints then took the opening kickoff of the second half and proceeded to march 79 yards on 16 plays while draining 9:37 off the game clock. The drive ended at the MA 1 when Cason Cook recovered a Patrician fumble.

09-13-2012 — Linden, Ala. — Marengo Academy’s Cason Cook (3), Kyle Adams (bottom) and Tait Sanford (back) take down a Patrician Academy runner. (Michael Clements / The West Alabama Watchman)

“That’s been our Achilles heel right there is turnovers, especially when we are in situations where we’re about to score,