1-10-17 Marengo Academy vs Sumter Academy (varsity) gallery

Marengo Academy parlays early lead into 42-12 win over Sumter

Marengo Academy did most of its damage in the first half Friday night en route to a 42-12 win over Sumter Academy. The Longhorns scored 35 points in the first 24 minutes of play to distance themselves from the Eagles.

Weldon Aydelott opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 56-yard touchdown run. Jacob Beck followed with a 7-yard scoring sprint as the Longhorns led 14-6 after one quarter of play.

Robert Tutt went to the air in the second quarter, finding Landon Houlditch for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Gavin Bowden scored on a 5-yard run while Hayden Megginson scored on a 2-yard run and the Longhorns were up 35-6 at half.

Aydelott sprinted 52 yards for a score in the third quarter for the final Marengo touchdown of the game. The Longhorns amassed 388 yards of offense in the contest. Aydelott finished with 108 yards and two touchdowns on his only two carries of the game.

Sumter Academy teams clean up in egg drop competition

Clay Truelove demonstrates angular momentum while Ryan Moore, Landon McElroy, Sean Dotson, Jessica Gordy, Lexie Larkin, Shelby Averett, and Emily Waddell look on.

Clay Truelove demonstrates angular momentum while Ryan Moore, Landon McElroy, Sean Dotson, Jessica Gordy, Lexie Larkin, Shelby Averett, and Emily Waddell look on.

Junior team members  (L-R): Chief Engineer Sean Dotson, Shelby Averett, Jessica Gordy, Clay Truelove, Landon McElroy.  (Cullen Bailey; not in picture)

Junior team members (L-R): Chief Engineer Sean Dotson, Shelby Averett, Jessica Gordy, Clay Truelove, Landon McElroy. (Cullen Bailey; not in picture)

On Thursday, April 16, Shelton State Community College hosted its fourth annual Engineering Day, an outreach activity for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sumter Academy participated in the Egg Drop Competition and won both first and second place, defeating over 30 teams from West and Central Alabama.

The competition required students to design and build a container using only straws, toothpicks, rubber bands and tape that would enable an egg to survive a 36-foot drop onto a concrete surface. Successful containers were then ranked according to their weight (lightest being the most desirable).

“I am so proud of my students’ performance this year,” Sumter Academy science teacher Angela Smith said. “It is a truly impressive feat to take both first and second place in the face of such stiff competition from large public schools. We have some very talented young engineers at Sumter Academy.”

Tyler Haney watches as Sumter's project safely lands.

Tyler Haney watches as Sumter’s project safely lands.

Marengo Academy teams, Sumter boys in ASWA polls

1. Mountain Brook (11-1)
2. McGill-Toolen (13-1)
3. Theodore (10-1)
4. Murphy (9-1)
5. Spain Park (11-1)
6. Grissom (9-4)
7. Lee-Montgomery (11-2)
8. Tuscaloosa County (10-3)
9. Bob Jones (7-5)
10. Hoover (6-4)
Others nominated: Baker (9-5), Central-Phenix City (10-1), Fairhope (12-3), James Clemens (9-4).

1. Lee-Huntsville (9-2)
2. Carver-Montgomery (9-1)
3. Austin (8-1)
4. Woodlawn (10-2)
5. Bessemer City (10-2)
6. Clay-Chalkville (9-2)
7. Pelham (9-2)
8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
9. Homewood (8-2)
10. Athens (8-4)
Others nominated: Albertville (9-2), Cullman (6-3), Paul Bryant (12-5), Selma (9-2), Scottsboro (7-2), Spanish Fort (8-3).

1. Ramsay (12-2)
2. Faith-Mobile (14-1)
3. J.O. Johnson (9-2)
4. Shelby County (12-1)
5. Columbia (7-4)
6. Talladega (10-2)
7. Sumter Central (9-2)
8. Parker (8-3)
9. Madison County (6-5)
10. Dallas County (6-1)
Others nominated: Alexandria (5-2), Anniston (5-3), Boaz (11-2).

1. Cherokee County (9-0)
2. White Plains (10-2)
3. West Limestone (11-1)
4. Saks (6-1)
5. Cordova (6-3)
6. Thomasville (7-0)
7. Ashford (13-2)
8. Montevallo (11-3)
9. Northside (9-2)
10. North Jackson (6-2)
Others nominated: Catholic (6-2), St. James (8-3).

1. Midfield (5-4)
2. Holly Pond (10-2)
3. Madison Academy (4-6)
4. Geraldine (10-1)
5. Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-1)
6. Winfield (9-2)
7. Barbour County (8-3)
8. Sand Rock (7-3)
9. Abbeville (9-2)
10. West Morgan (9-3)
Others nominated: Daleville (7-2), Fultondale (6-0), Geneva (12-0), Prattville Christian (8-2), Sheffield (9-2), T.R. Miller (5-2).

1. Cold Springs (10-2)
2. Vincent (10-1)
3. Luverne (7-3)
4. Tanner (6-1)
5. Washington County (5-0)
6. Asbury (10-1)
7. Elba (2-1)
8. Altamont (6-4)
9. Collinsville (6-3)
10. Choctaw County (5-1)
Others nominated: Calhoun (8-4), Cleveland (9-3), Sumiton Christian (10-3), Tharptown (10-1).

1. Sunshine (7-1)
2. Sacred Heart (7-5)
3. Georgiana (10-1)
4. Keith (7-5)
5. Skyline (9-2)
6. Jefferson Christian (8-2)
7. Cedar Bluff (6-3)
8. Coosa Christian (10-1)
9. Chickasaw (10-1)
10. South Lamar (10-0)
Others nominated: Phillips (8-1), Talladega County Central (8-4), Westminster-Oak Mountain (6-4).

1. Restoration (6-1)
2. Tuscaloosa Academy (11-1)
3. Glenwood (8-1)
4. Lee-Scott (9-2)
5. Edgewood (7-0)
6. Northside Methodist (10-2)
7. Marengo Academy (8-1)
8. Kingwood (5-2)
9. Sumter Academy (6-3)
10. Evangel Christian (7-6)
Others nominated: Crenshaw Christian (4-3).

1. Hoover (12-3)
2. Huntsville (11-1)
3. McGill-Toolen (13-1)
4. Sparkman (9-2)
5. Hazel Green (10-2)
6. Gadsden City (11-2)
7. Murphy (10-3)
8. Thompson (12-2)
9. Jeff Davis (10-3)
10. Fairhope (13-1)
Others nominated: Auburn (9-2), Enterprise (12-3), Lee-Montgomery (12-3), Mountain Brook (9-4), Spain Park (7-3).

1. Homewood (8-2)
2. Clay-Chalkville (12-2)
3. Austin (8-1)
4. Center Point (8-4)
5. Shades Valley (5-2)
6. Arab (8-4)
7. Lee-Huntsville (10-3)
8. Fort Payne (11-1)
9. Dothan (11-1)
10. LeFlore (10-4)
Others nominated: Albertville (10-4), Athens (9-5), Brewer (12-3), Carver-Montgomery (3-2), Muscle Shoals (6-3), Selma (9-4).

1. Wenonah (9-0)
2. Faith Academy (10-3)
3. Central-Tuscaloosa (18-1)
4. Pleasant Grove (9-1)
5. Sylacauga (9-1)
6. Anniston (6-2)
7. Charles Henderson (5-2)
8. Brewbaker Tech (8-5)
9. Lawrence County (8-3)
10. Madison County (9-3)
Others nominated: Calera (7-3), Escambia County (6-2), Eufaula (7-2), Ramsay (5-5).

1. Straughn (10-2)
2. West Limestone (10-1)
3. Deshler (6-1)
4. Jacksonville (10-1)
5. UMS-Wright (9-8)
6. Oneonta (14-4)
7. Danville (12-5)
8. Ashford (13-2)
9. Crossville (8-3)
10. Clarke County (8-3)
Others nominated: Central-Florence (7-2), Childersburg (6-2), Hokes Bluff (7-4), J.B. Pennington (8-3), Locust Fork (10-4), Montgomery Catholic (7-2), Sipsey Valley (9-2).

1. Lauderdale County (11-0)
2. Madison Academy (9-4)
3. Winfield (9-2)
4. Brindlee Mountain (13-2)
5. Sand Rock (9-1)
6. West Morgan (9-5)
7. Abbeville (8-3)
8. Lexington (9-3)
9. Colbert County (6-2)
10. Holly Pond (9-4)
Others nominated: Aliceville (5-2), Daleville (8-3), Greensboro (5-1), Montgomery Academy (4-3), Prattville Christian (5-5).

1. Red Bay (6-1)
2. Flomaton (10-3)
3. Cold Springs (11-2)
4. Samson (11-1)
5. Tanner (9-2)
6. Mars Hill (8-2)
7. Falkville (8-5)
8. Section (8-2)
9. Geneva County (10-4)
10. Altamont (8-2)
Others nominated: Cherokee (8-5), Mobile Christian (8-3), Phil Campbell (7-2).

1. Brantley (7-1)
2. Woodville (10-3)
3. Loachapoka (5-2)
4. Spring Garden (10-2)
5. Keith (8-3)
6. Decatur Heritage (7-3)
7. Winterboro (8-0)
8. Skyline (10-1)
9. Akron (6-2)
10. Berry (8-0)
Others nominated: Georgiana (5-3), Hackleburg (7-1), RA Hubbard (4-3).

1. Glenwood (9-2)
2. Evangel Christian (12-1)
3. Lee-Scott (7-4)
4. Marengo Academy (6-2)
5. Wilcox Academy (NA)
6. Sparta Academy (10-1)
7. Lakeside (8-4)
8. Hooper Academy (3-4)
9. Lowndes Academy (7-0)
10. Edgewood Academy (6-3)
Others nominated: Fort Dale Academy (2-4).

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.

Defense carries Sumter Eagles to win over Clarke Prep

Christopher SpencerGROVE HILL — The Sumter Academy varsity boys basketball team played stifling defense in a 53-22 win over Clarke Prep on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Sumter led 14-0 after the first period of play on the strength of 10 points from senior Zach Maness. The Sumter defense held the home standing Gators to just six shot attempts while causing 10 first quarter turnovers.

Clarke Prep would get on the board in the second quarter, scoring nine points but the Eagles increased their lead to 28-9 going in at halftime.

The defensive effort continued to begin the second half with Sumter going on a 12-4 run keyed by six third quarter points from Blaine Winsett, who recorded 11 points on the night.

Ryan Moore and Christopher Spencer closed out the win with Spencer scoring four points and dishing out three assists in the final quarter while Moore added five fourth quarter points.

Clarke Prep was led in scoring by Wood and Larrimore with five each. Maness and Winsett led the Eagles with 17 and 10, respectively.

Sumter will return to action on Dec. 1 with a trip to Carrollton to take on the Pickens Academy Pirates and a game at Marengo Academy in Linden on Dec. 2.

Sumter – Truelove 3, Jowers 3, Newman 6, Spencer 4, Maness 17, Winsett 11, Duke 4, Moore 5. Team: 2FG: (17-49) 35%, 3FG: (1-2) 50%, FT: (16-29), Off Reb:13, Def Reb:18, Stl:7 Foul:7 Blk:2 TO:4

Clarke Prep – McConnell 2, Sanders 2, Bumpers 4, Newsom 2, Wood 5, Larrimore 5, Baugh 2. Team:   2FG: (8-28) 29%, 3FG: (1-7) 14%, FT: (3-4), Off Reb:6, Def Reb:20, Stl:0, Foul:20, Blk:0, TO:17

Sumter Academy boys open season with 49-35 win

Jowers steals the ball

Jowers steals the ball.

Duke shoots

Duke shoots

By Angel Jowers

Special to The Watchman

YORK — The Sumter Academy varsity boys basketball team opened the season with a 49-35 win over the Russell Christian Academy Warriors on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Both teams got off to a slow start, but Zach Maness’ five first quarter points gave Sumter a slim 8-6 advantage after the opening quarter. Nathan Williamson and Blake Jowers would each score six in the second period to give Sumter a 30-14 lead going into halftime.

Russell’s Taylor Wood scored eight of his team-leading 12 points in the third period as the Warriors outscored Sumter 12-4, shrinking the Eagles’ lead to just eight at 34-26 to begin the final period.

The Eagles cranked up the defense and the scoring in the fourth quarter, forcing seven turnovers. Led by Blaine Winsett’s five points and Clay Truelove’s four, Sumter outscored the visitors 15-9 to seal the victory.

Russell Christian was led by Taylor Wood and Drake McKenzie with 12 points each. Sumter had three players with double figure scoring led by Winsett with 12, Maness with 11 and Williamson with 10.

Maness shoots

Maness shoots

Sumter will travel to Grove Hill on Thursday, Nov. 20 to take on Clarke Prep.

Scoring Summary:

Russell – Wood 12, McKenzie 12, Boland 4, Reeves 2, Van Drunen 2, Dubose 2, Faulkner 1, Boland 4.

Sumter – Winsett 12, Maness 11, Williamson 10, Jowers 7, Duke 4, Truelove 4, Newman 1.

Sumter’s overall shot percentage was 49% with 43% two-point attempts, 38% from three-point range, and 52% from the freethrow line. 24 team rebounds (5 offensive; 19 defensive).


Winsett shoots to score

Winsett shoots to score

Williamson breaks the trap

Williamson breaks the trap

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.

Sumter uses big second half to power past Lowndes

Nathan Williamson takes a hand-off from Clay Truelove

Nathan Williamson takes a hand-off from Clay Truelove

By Larry Jowers

Special to the Watchman

Sumter Academy scored five touchdowns in the second half to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 17-point win, 54-37, against Lowndes Academy, Friday, Oct. 17.

Clay Truelove scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to put the Eagles ahead 7-0. Lowndes answered that score with a 29-yard rushing touchdown by Cody Harrell and took the lead, 8-7, with a 2-point conversion on a fake PAT kick. Truelove would once again put the Eagles ahead, rushing for a 7-yard score to give Sumter a 13-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Hansons team up to make the tackle.

Hansons team up to make the tackle.

Lowndes regained the lead in the second as Harrell scored from four yards out. Another successful two point play made the score 16-13. Truelove wasted no time putting Sumter back in the lead at 19-16, following his blockers for a 34-yard score. The back-and-forth scoring continued as Harrell would find Thomas Ward for a 16-yard touchdown pass, giving Lowndes the lead at 23-19.

Following a Sumter turnover, Lowndes threatened to put the Eagles behind two scores going in to halftime. Freshman safety, Anderson Newman, would keep the deficit at four with a shoestring tackle at Sumter’s 3 yard line as the half expired.

Winsett, Jowers, and Maness block for Williamson during an 80-yard kickoff return return.

Winsett, Jowers, and Maness block for Williamson during an 80-yard kickoff return return.

Sumter would go ahead for good on the second half’s opening possession. Nathan Williamson returned the second half kickoff 80 yards to put the Eagles in scoring position then topped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run. Following a successful onside kick, Williamson would score from four yards out to give the visiting Eagles a 33-23 advantage. Sumter would never look back, scoring again in the third quarter on an 11-yard pass from Truelove to Hayden Shaw and again in the fourth with Williamson’s fourth rushing touchdown, this one a 1-yard run.

Williamson rushed for 136 on 25 carries, Truelove ran for 122 yards and threw for 197 yards on 18-for-25 passing. Zach Maness and Hayden Shaw led the Sumter receiving corps, each with five catches for 72 yards. Blake Jowers added four catches for 30 yards.

Defensively, the Eagles were led by Blaine Winsett with 11 tackles, Williamson racked up 7 stops. Anderson Newman intercepted his fourth pass of year, picking off a pass in the endzone to stop a Lowndes scoring threat.

Sumter returns home this week to take on Patrician Academy Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

SA Offensive Summary: Rushing – Williamson 25/136, Truelove 22/122. Passing – Truelove 18/25 for 197. Receiving – Shaw 5/72, Maness 5/72, Jowers 4/30, A. Newman 3/19, Williamson 1/4. KO Returns – Williamson 2/96, Jowers 3/34.

SA Defensive Summary: Tackles – Winsett 11, Williamson 7, Cl. Hanson 5, Co. Hanson 5, Jowers 4, Shaw 4, Maness 3, Truelove 3, A. Newman 2, Atcheson 2, McElroy 2, Duke 1, C. Newman 1. Fumble Recovery – McElroy 1, Shaw 1. Interceptions – A. Newman 1.


Turnovers limit Sumter in loss to Jackson

By Larry Jowers

Special to The Watchman

The Sumter defense tries to stop a Jackson Academy first down run.

The Sumter defense tries to stop a Jackson Academy first down run.

Clay Truelove and the Sumter offense push for a first down.

Clay Truelove and the Sumter offense push for a first down.

Jackson Academy took advantage of five Sumter turnovers in a 60-26 victory Friday night, Oct. 10.

Jackson led 6-0 when Sumter Academy’s Clay Truelove connected with Blake Jowers on a 7-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 6-6. Jackson Academy retook the lead at 14-6 on a 3-yard run by Adam Powell and stretched the lead to 20-6 on a 2-yard Powell run. Clay Truelove closed the gap to 20-12 with a 31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. A Sumter turnover just before halftime, led to a 55-yard run by JA’s Daniel Eckstein to put Jackson ahead 27-12.

Blake Jowers makes a tackle for Jackson.

Blake Jowers makes a tackle against Jackson.

Jackson Academy would score 26 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach after taking advantage of two turnovers by Sumter. Clay Truelove scored his second rushing touchdown of the night in the third quarter with a 16-yard run. Truelove would find Zach Maness for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Jackson would tack on another score in the fourth with a 25-yard run by Zac Singleton.

Truelove rushed for 133 yards on 17 attempts and passed for 140 yards. Nathan Williamson picked up 44 yards rushing. Anderson Newman threw for 53 yards. Blake Jowers led the Sumter receivers with six catches for 100 yards and Zach Maness added 49 yards on three receptions. On the defensive side, Jowers had 10 stops and Blaine Winsett picked up six tackles.

The Eagles will travel on Oct. 17 to take on Lowndes Academy.

SA Offense Summary – Rushing: Truelove 17/133, Williamson 14/44. Passing: Truelove 11/25 for 133, A. Newman 3/5 for 53. Receiving: Jowers 6/100, Maness 3/49, Atcheson 1/17, Shaw 1/14, A. Newman 1/9, Williamson 1/5.

SA Defense Summary – Jowers 10, Winsett 6, Truelove 6, Williamson 4, A. Newman 4, Shaw 4, Atcheson 3, Maness 3, Moore 2, Cole Hanson 2, Clay Hanson 1. Fumble recovery: Truelove 1.

Sumter cheerleader Mary Harmon Patrenos and the varsity cheer squad observed Pink Out as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Sumter cheerleader Mary Harmon Patrenos and the varsity cheer squad observed Pink Out as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.