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.

9-20-2013 DHS at Selma (gallery)

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.

Tigers not overlooking Saints

The Tigers (3-0, 2-0) will host a perennially-athletic Selma team Friday night in a key region contest.

“Selma’s record is not real strong. They’re 1-2. But we’re three games into the season and with the athletes they are playing with, they are very capable of beating anybody in the state of Alabama,” Demopolis head coach Tom Causey said of the Saints squad that will visit Tiger Stadium Thursday.

Causey’s team enters the contest fresh off a 41-14 drubbing of region foe Saraland and just one week away from a much-anticipated date with rival Thomasville.

With two major contests bookending the date with Selma, it would seem easy for the Tigers to overlook the Saints. However, Causey said he is not concerned with the prospect of his players taking Selma lightly, citing his team’s intensity in both preparation and in-game play as key indicators of its maturity.

“I thought we played hard. We’ve been harping on that, playing hard for 48 minutes. That’s what we did. I thought, Friday night, they came out and played extremely hard and didn’t let up. I thought our young guys when out and did the same thing. Our backups, when they got a chance to play, played just as hard,” Causey said. “That’s something we try to get back daily. We’ve got to understand that we can’t turn that on like a switch. It’s got to be done daily. Each week, regardless of who we’re playing, it has been about us. It has not been about our opponents. It’s about us getting better every week and understanding what our opponents are going to do or try to do.”

As the Tigers await kickoff against Selma, they know the skill players wearing white Friday night will be as fast as any team on the schedule all season.

“They are a strong football team, as talented of a football team as anybody we’ll play this year,” Causey said, noting that the 2012 Selma Saints remind him a great deal of the 2010 version that visited Demopolis and threatened the home team all the way to the final whistle in a 20-14 loss. “They have got skill kids at every position that can fly. They have a plan. They run to the football on defense. They’re huge on the fronts, offensive and defensive line. And when they put a body on a body, they’re really good. They are a very dangerous team. I think they’ve made some mistakes against good football teams that have cost them games. But their speed is unreal.”

Causey also expressed his hope that Demopolis fans will arrive early and show their intensity throughout the contest.

“Our fans need to come out and pack the stadium out because they are going to see some Division I athletes for Selma,” Causey said. “It ought to be an interesting matchup for us.”

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,

Patrician ready to get in win column

BUTLER – New Patrician Academy (0-1) head coach Jonathan Lindsey makes no bones about what went wrong for his team last week against Monroe Academy in a 44-16 loss.

“We gave up too many big plays, way too many big plays,” Lindsey said of Patrician’s defensive struggles. “For the most part, our run defense was pretty good. But when it came to our pass defense, we had too many breakdowns in coverage. At times, we didn’t tackle well. We worked on all the tackling drills that we could with this storm. And we reiterated the fact that our veteran defensive backs were getting beat and that is not supposed to happen. But they have responded.”

Against a spread offense such as the one employed by Monroe, coverage breakdowns were crippling. Tonight against Clarke Prep (1-0), Lindsey hopes the efforts during the last week of practice translate to improvement on the field as Patrician dives headlong into region play.

“Clarke Prep is not going to throw the ball near as much as Monroe,” Lindsey said of the Wing T style of attack employed by CPA. “They are the exact same offense as us. So we are very familiar with what they are going to do.”

While the Clarke Prep offense in many ways mirrors the Patrician scheme, the key difference for CPA is its considerable size. Clarke Prep will likely look to run downhill as it challenges the Patrician defensive front.

“Their size. They’re real physical up front,” Lindsey said. “And they’ve got a bruiser fullback that can really go.”

While Clarke Prep comes in with a powerful offense, Patrician is looking to get its offense started after a difficult showing against Monroe in week one.

“Our offense was, for the most part, nonexistent,” Lindsey said. “We had a lot of problems with our offensive line. We did not block real well. But all the things we did wrong in the game are very correctable. One thing I can say about that is that we hadn’t had the opportunity to line up against a full 11 that is going to challenge us. As far as practice this week, one thing we stressed a great deal was our blocking scheme and making sure they understood that.”

While Lindsey is familiar with Clarke Prep’s offensive scheme, he is not quite sure what to expect from the CPA defense and has worked to prepare his team for physical play in the box.

“The past few years they came at us with a five front defense with two linebackers and a strong safety,” Lindsey said. “I have no clue though. I haven’t been able to see any film with somebody who is going to throw two (tight ends) at them.”

With a loss to Monroe Academy already on its record and a date with Lowndes Academy looming next week, Patrician finds itself in a position where it needs to build positive momentum while simultaneously getting a leg up in region play.

“This is a very big game in our region for both teams as well as the rest of the region,” Lindsey said. “(Patrician Academy players) have really responded to what the coaches have had to say. They want to come out of this week with a victory and completely and totally erase what happened last week.”

Patrician and Clarke Prep are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Butler.