Longhorns stampede Escambia

Published 12:50 am Saturday, October 3, 2009

ATMORE — Marengo Academy (4-3, 2-1) extended its winning streak to three games Friday night with a 35-13 win over Escambia Academy. The Longhorns won each quarter, scoring in all four periods.

Zack Smith opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Smith added the two-point conversion run, giving MA the 8-0 lead.

The Longhorns stretched their lead in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Wallace to Rabe hale.

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After carrying a 14-7 lead into the half, Marengo extended its lead in the third quarter with a five-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to Wood Collins. Hale added the two-point conversion run for the Longhorns.

In the fourth quarter, Smith scored his second touchdown of the game on a nine-yard run. Hale capped the Marengo scoring with a five-yard touchdown run. Chris Sammons added the point after, leaving the Longhorns with the 35-13 win.

Hale carried the ball 21 times for 158 yards and two scores to lead the MA rushing attack. Smith added 94 yards and two scores on 19 carries behind an ever-improving Longhorn offensive front.

“They’ve really stepped up no matter who we’ve played,” offensive line coach Jonathan Lindsey said of the MA front. “They’ve stepped up big and played very well.”

Hunter Crouch led the way defensively with seven tackles and three sacks. Collins added seven tackles.

“Defensively, we played a good game,” Lindsey said. “There were numerous times we had eight or nine hats around the ball. They really got after it defensively.”

With four games remaining in their regular season, Lindsey credits the Longhorns’ conditioning with playing a major role in the team’s success.

“(Head coach Robby) James has really done a good job with the conditioning program,” Lindsey said. “Our guys are ready to play every week. He puts it in their head we are going to play four quarters with the folks we have on the field.”

The Longhorns step back into region play Thursday when they play host to Prattville Christian Academy.