Five selected for Marengo Hall of Fame

Published 3:12 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coach Schoenrock developed great players with a hands-on approach. He had 11 players recognized as either first or second team or honorable mention All-State, and Marengo Hall of Fame Inductee Robbie Jones was his first player to receive a major College Football Scholarship.

Fred makes his home in Demopolis where he has been known to wet a hook in the river.

Rounding out those to be honored for achievements above and beyond the call of duty is Big JACK THOMAS from Linden High School by way of Half Acre, so named “Big” not only because of his size, but because of his big heart. Jack is the only deceased member of the 2013 Class.


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Although it interfered with his hunting and fishing, Jack went out for football at Linden High School under head coach Pistol Henders, and assistant coaches Bobby Joe Hall and Charles Payne. The gentle giant was a tough, but fair lineman, and was selected All-Conference and All-State for the Red Devils.

Jack was strongly recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, and not wanting to disappoint his Auburn or his Alabama friends, family and coaches, he opted to sign a scholarship with Mississippi State, and became a starter his sophomore year, starting every game, and never missing a game or practice. He was named SEC Player of the Week in the annual LSU contest. After college, he was drafted and played for the NFL St. Louis Cardinals, and later played in the Canadian Football League.

After his playing career, Jack coached football for one year in Florida, and then coached at Copiah Academy in Mississippi for seven years, during which time he was named Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Private School Association.