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.

Demopolis proves relentless in skunking of Class 7A Enterprise

Demopolis dominated from pillar to post Friday night to pick up its first win in program history over a Class 7A team. The Tigers ran for 341 yards on the night to anchor a 33-7 victory over Enterprise.

“We knew we could compete with those guys. We knew we had to play with a total team effort against a team of that caliber,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said.

Demopolis had scoring drives of 99, 95, 86, and 79 yards in the game. The Tigers’ first touchdown punctuated an eight-play, 95-yard drive that was highlighted by a 47-yard A.J. Jackson sprint Antonio Besteder finished it off with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:16 remaining in the opening frame to make it 6-0.

“I think it was more of a physical challenge on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line played with intensity. Our backs, I can’t say enough about them and the physical nature they play with,” Seymore said. “Andrew (Patterson) threw it well. He ran the offense. He had a couple of big runs tonight.”

Demopolis got the ball back with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter, taking over on its own 1 yard line following a brilliant Enterprise punt. Undaunted, the Tigers proceeded to pound the ball with a 13-play drive that covered 99 yards and resulted in a five-yard A.J. Jackson touchdown run. Demopolis executed 10 run plays on the drive and mixed in a pair of 11-yard passes to Tyler Jones as well as a 12-yard strike to DeDe Davis.

Up 13-0, Demopolis attempted a surprise onside kick that landed in Wildcat hands and set Enterprise up at the Tiger 42. Chance Warren starred on the drive, hauling in a 25-yard pass to set up a goal-to-go scenario. Warren shifted to the quarterback spot in the wildcat formation to score on a three-yard touchdown run and cut the deficit to 13-7.

When Enterprise’s Hunter Peacock sniffed out a bubble screen and picked off a Demopolis pass on the ensuing possession, the Wildcats appeared poised to take it in from 29 yards out and wrest away the lead. Enterprise hit Warren for a 17-yard strike to set up a goal-to-go situation from the Demopolis 8. A negative run play, two incomplete passes and a false start turned the favorable circumstance into a 4th and goal from the Tiger 15. Enterprise then missed a 32-yard field goal attempt and never threatened again in the game.

“That goes back to our coaches. That goes back to how we prepare each day. We work three days in the weight room. We take a lot of pride in that. We practice physical each week,” Seymore said of his team’s effort. “If you want to be one of the high echelon teams, you have to play physical. Our coaches coach like that daily and I think that’s the key to us playing at a high level.”

Demopolis added a 7-yard scoring run from Besteder in the third quarter. Besteder scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth while Jackson ran it in from 22 yards out for the capper. The Demopolis defense showed itself equally as well, holding Enterprise to 107 yards of total offense including -7 yards in the entire second half.

“I think we played assignment football. Our kids understand how important it is to play defense. As many times as we can get the ball back to our offense, that’s more chances to score,” Seymore said. “They had a very talented receiver, and we put emphasis on knowing where he was at. In the second half, we pretty much shut him down. That’s where you win the big games on those defenses.”

Demopolis amassed 441 yards of total offense, anchored by 341 yards rushing. Jackson finished with 165 yards on 20 carries while Besteder ran for 129 yards on 23 carries. Roderick Gaines and C.J. Williams each picked off a pass for the Demopolis defense.

Demopolis (6-1, 5-0) hosts Jemison next Friday night for the final Class 5A, Region 3 contest of the season. The Tigers are set to travel to Auburn Nov. 3.

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.

9-22-17 DHS vs. Calera Football (gallery)

Demopolis ground attack grounds Falcons

Demopolis’ A.J. Jackson (4) turns upfield in Friday’s home matchup with Central. Jackson ended the night with 133 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Demopolis utilized its running back duo of A.J. Jackson and Antonio Besteder early and often Friday night as it piled up rushing yards on the way to a 47-6 Class 5A, Region 3 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.

“We knew they had a big, tall, physical receiver. We knew he might be a matchup problem,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Everybody settled down. I think we started settling down and playing team defense. The way our offense kept the pressure on them, I think that was the difference.”

Demopolis regained the lead on a 6-yard touchdown run from Antonio Besteder and never looked back. Andrew Patterson hit Tyler Jones for a 34-yard touchdown strike on the last play of the first quarter for the 19-6 advantage.

The Tigers added to the lead in the second quarter when Patterson found DeDe Davis for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Jackson added a 12-yard scoring run for the 33-6 halftime lead.

Demopolis continued the pounding in the second half with a 2-yard touchdown run from Jackson and another from Besteder to cap the scoring.

“They’re both our one-two punch,” Seymore said of his tailback tandem. “We want to balance them out and get them equal carries. I think they’re really both hard-working kids. They both run the ball extremely physical. It starts up front with our offensive line.”

Demopolis amassed 406 yards of total offense while limiting Central to 160 yards. Jackson ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns while Besteder had 120 yards and two touchdowns on 20 rushes. Davis added 95 yards receiving on six catches. Javonta’ Leatherwood paced the Falcons with 63 yards on 19 carries.

Demopolis (2-1, 1-0) travels to Marbury next week while Central (0-3, 0-1) hosts Calera.

9-1-17 Demopolis HS vs Greensboro HS Football (gallery)

8-31-17 Marengo Academy vs. Monroe Academy Football (gallery)

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.


Photo of the Day

Taylor Polk and Spence Overstreet, both members of the 2009 state championship team, are coaching at Charles Henderson in Troy. Polk is the special teams coordinator and the head JV baseball coach. Overstreet is an offensive line and defensive line coach and is the head JV soccer coach. (Submitted by Stephanie Polk)

Photo of the Day

They say there’s one in every crowd. Well, there were two in this crowd. Seniors Demetrius (aka DeDe) Davis and Erin White snag a little extra camera time during Demopolis High School’s media day.