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Bell, Aldridges lead Marengo to blowout win

Published 11:20am Friday, August 26, 2011

DIXONS MILLS — Antheryius and Jakoby Aldridge anchored a potent Marengo offensive attack Thursday night to held hand new head coach Dedrick Bell a 39-0 win over his former team, Wilcox-Central.

“It was big,” an emotional Bell said following the win over his former Camden comrades. “I poured into that community my heart and soul. My hat goes out to the guys I left there.”

Marengo took the lead early when freshman Jakoby Aldridge sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown with 5:13 to go in the first quarter.

Aldridge struck again 10 seconds into the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run before adding the two-point conversion run to stretch the lead to 14-0.

“We’re a strong, physical team and we play defense,” Bell said of his Panthers.

Marengo went to the air midway through the second quarter when Michael Lewis found Patrick Bouler for a 54-yard touchdown pass to stretch the advantage to 20-0.

The youngest of the Aldridges struck again late in the third quarter when Jakoby scampered seven yards for a score. The PAT gave Marengo a 27-0 lead.

With 9:57 to play in the game, Lewis darted around the right side and into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead to 33-0.

Marengo wrapped up the scoring with 1:39 to play when Lewis found Jamarcus Agee for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

“I think they played hard. We had a couple of mental mistakes,” Bell, who took over the Panther program late in the summer, said. “We’ve got two or three packages we haven’t brought out yet.”

Jakoby Aldridge finished the night with 152 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries. Antheryius Aldridge ran the ball 10 times for 119 yards and also led the defense with 16 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

Quentin Hazewood recorded 10 tackles for the Panthers, including two sacks, while also breaking up a pass. Agee had six stops, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on defense to go along with two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown from his receiver spot.

Bell accepted the job as Marengo’s head coach after spending three seasons with Wilcox-Central. Bell led the Jaguars to a 20-14 win over Marengo to open the 2010 season.

Marengo is scheduled to play against next Friday night when it visits region rival A.L. Johnson.

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