A look at how Marengo County football alums performed last week

Steven Foster, South Alabama – Demopolis alum did not start but played guard for South Alabama in 30-27 win over Georgia State last Saturday.

Taylor Polk, Troy – Demopolis alum started at long snapper for Troy in 53-14 loss to Appalachian State last Saturday.

Larry Cobb, Tuskegee – Demopolis alum had one catch for 15 yards for Tuskegee last Saturday in 61-19 win over Stillman.

Wiley Isaac, Stillman – Demopolis alum had three tackles and a pass breakup last Saturday in 61-19 loss to Tuskegee.

Demarcus Gamble, Tuskegee – Sweet Water alum did not start but played in 61-19 loss to Tuskegee.

Derrick Tucker, Miles – Sweet Water alum started at right guard for Miles in 19-13 win over Kentucky State last Saturday.

Ty Morgan, UWA – Sweet Water alum had one catch for three yards last Thursday in 55-10 win over Shorter.

Martaze Jackson, UWA – Demopolis alum had a tackle for loss last Thursday in 55-10 win over Shorter.

Hollis Bright, UWA – Demopolis alum did not start but played last Thursday in 55-10 win over Shorter.

A look at how Marengo County football alums performed this week

Ty Morgan, UWA – Sweet Water alum caught three passes for 29 yards in 33-32 loss to Florida Tech last Saturday.

Hollis Bright, UWA – Demopolis alum did not start but played in 33-32 loss to Florida Tech last Saturday.

Martaze Jackson, UWA – Demopolis alum recorded one tackles in 33-32 loss to Florida Tech last Saturday.

Justin Delaine, UWA – Recorded two tackles in 33-32 loss to Florida Tech last Saturday.

Larry Cobb, Tuskegee – Demopolis alum caught three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown in a 49-0 win over Morehouse College Friday.

Demarcus Gamble, Tuskegee – Sweet Water alum did not start but played in 49-0 win over Morehouse College.

Najee Bright, Alabama State – Linden alum had five tackles (0.5 TFL) and an interception in a 34-24 loss to Prairie View A&M last Saturday.

Taylor Polk, Troy – Demopolis alum started at long snapper for Troy in 41-24 win over New Mexico State last Saturday.

DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State – Demopolis alum ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in 27-20 win over Tennessee State last Saturday.

Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State – Sweet Water alum had three total tackles in 27-20 win over Tennessee State last Saturday.

Wiley Isaac, Stillman – Demopolis alum had three tackles and two interceptions in 48-36 win over Benedict last Saturday.

Derrick Tucker, Miles – Sweet Water alum started at right guard in 22-12 win over Central State last Saturday.

Sweet Water backfield duo signs with in-state schools

Jakoby Aldridge ran for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns when Sweet Water and Washington County met in October. The senior back had 335 yards and four scores against Luverne a week ago.

Jakoby Aldridge ran for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns when Sweet Water and Washington County met in October. The senior back had 335 yards and four scores against Luverne.

Sweet Water saw both members of its thunder-and-lightning backfield sign football scholarship offers Wednesday morning.

West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year Jakoby Aldridge became Marengo County’s fourth NCAA Division I signee when he inked a National Letter of Intent to Jacksonville State University.

At 5-6, 165 pounds, the diminutive dynamo ran for 2,571 yards and 32 touchdowns on 323 carries during his senior year. That rushing tally brought his two-year Sweet Water career total to more than 4,000 yards on the ground.

Aldridge committed to Jacksonville State in the summer of 2013, holding that commitment despite the departure of former Gamecock coach Bill Clark, who took the UAB head job late last month.

Aldridge was also an All-State selection in 2013 as well as the ESPN 104.9 Super 11 Player of the Year.

Sweet Water's Demarcus Gamble rumbled his way to 112 yards and four touchdowns at Choctaw County.

Sweet Water’s Demarcus Gamble rumbled his way to 112 yards and four touchdowns at Choctaw County.

Aldridge’s backfield mate Demarcus Gamble signed with Tuskegee University Wednesday morning where he will be used in a power back role.

Gamble ran for 858 yards and 15 touchdowns on 163 carries as Sweet Water’s between-the-tackles pounder in 2013. At 6-1, 240 pounds, Gamble also spent time at tight end, defensive end and linebacker for the Bulldogs.

Gamble was a West Alabama Watchman All-County performer in 2013 as well as an ESPN 104.9 Super 11 selection.

Demopolis alum Cobb fitting in with Tuskegee

Larry CobbDemopolis alum Larry Cobb will be in action again Saturday evening as Tuskegee travels to face Albany State University.

A junior wideout for the Golden Tigers, Cobb is looking to build on his past successes as he continues to carve out a role in a traditionally run-heavy offense.

“It’s humbling,” Cobb said of learning to function as a young receiver within the Tuskegee system. “It wasn’t much of a difference coming from Demopolis because we ran the ball a lot.”

Cobb hauled in 20 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt sophomore a season ago, numbers that left him as the team’s second leading receiver on the year.

“I feel like I grew up a lot as far as helping out my teammates,” Cobb said. “When you’re not catching the ball, you’re blocking. And, at Demopolis, we blocked a lot. So it was key.”

Always having taken pride in his blocking ability, Cobb has built many of his 2013 individual goals around that skillset as he looks to contribute to the ground game as much as the aerial attack.

“My goals for this year, four catches or better every game, three flat backs, two crack backs and a W of course,” Cobb said.

Cobb just missed his reception goal last week but did score as Tuskegee downed Alabama A&M 23-7 in a game in which the DHS alum hauled in two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Cobb’s path to the Tuskegee starting lineup was not an easy one as the receiver has battled injuries while trying to work his way up the depth chart. A member of the Demopolis Class of 2010, Cobb began his Tuskegee career as a redshirt.

“My first year, of course, being redshirted. I didn’t travel. My redshirt freshman year, I played, but I didn’t start right away. There was a junior in front of me. But I ended up beating him out for the position. I didn’t get as many balls as I would like, but I got to finally experience college football,” Cobb said. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger. My routes have gotten a lot crisper and I’m a lot faster than I was as well. But the biggest improvement is my overall strength.”

Now Cobb hopes to put those gains to good use as he increases his role in the offense and on the team.

“To contribute more, to match Marquel Gardner,” Cobb said of the expectations placed on him this season. He was our leading receiver. He played big. I just need to match his level. I think they want me to be more of a leader this year as well.”

That productivity and leadership could be key for a Tuskegee team that has abandoned its traditional Turkey Day Classic rivalry with Alabama State in favor of qualifying for the NCAAA Division II playoffs.

The Golden Tigers went 10-2 a season ago and won the SIAC championship but spent the postseason watching two other conference schools compete in the playoffs.

“I just want to win. We’re going into the playoffs for the first time ever in Tuskegee history. And I want to go deep in the playoffs,” Cobb said of his hopes for this season before reflecting on a 2012 team he believes could have made waves in the postseason bracket. “I think Miles went on to play UWA, but I honestly feel like we could have put up a better fight than Miles. I’m not downing Miles or anything, but we beat Miles and we beat Fort Valley and those were the two teams out of our conference that ended up going to the playoffs. I think we would have done tremendously well.”

Tuskegee will play nine of its 12 regular season games on the road this season. The Golden Tigers will not have a home game until they host Stillman Oct. 19.