Horns downed by Morgan

Published 1:04 am Saturday, September 12, 2009

SELMA – When Marengo Academy’s coach Robby James stepped onto the Morgan Academy field Friday night, it was a feeling he knew very well. When James looked across the field to the opposing side, he noticed a familiar face – Morgan’s coach, Brian King.

James led the Senators from 1993 to 2000 and in that time he coached King. But don’t expect any animosity between the two. Each said they were glad to be there Friday, playing against each other.

In the end Morgan took the game 27-7 and started a two-game winning streak.

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“[Friday’s] game was an awesome experience,” King said. Its great to play someone you respect and taught you the most. I know coach James is short-handed this year with only 17 players, but they played hard.”

It didn’t take the Senators long to score against the Longhorns. Within three minutes of play, quarterback Austin Smitherman, a junior, passed to senior Heath Brantley for a 60-yard touchdown.

The second quarter saw the most points put up for Morgan. Smitherman passed to Joseph Watters, a junior, for a 15-yard run into the end zone.

Following a Marengo fumble that Morgan recovered, Smitherman took the next touchdown ran the ball in for an 81-yard touchdown. Harrison went three for three and added another extra point. The score at the half was 21-0.”

“The first half, they just outplayed us really,” James said. “They came out and kind of dominated the game. They were just a little quicker and faster than I realized.”

The Longhorns lone score of the night came in the second half when junior quarterback Matt Wallace broke free on a 17-yard third quarter run to get MA on the scoreboard.

“We played pretty well in the second half. We really couldn’t run the ball. They played an eight-man front and played it well,” James said. “We’ve got Kingwood next week. It will be a home game. Hopefully we can get on track. We’re just going to keep trying to get better. That’s the only thing I know to do.”