Several local teams improving as season progresses

Published 2:49 pm Monday, September 16, 2013

Week three of the high school football season is in the books, and there is only one team in Marengo County without a win. A few of the teams are beginning to gain momentum as the season moves along.

The biggest surprise of the season in the county so far has been the Marengo Panthers, who are 2-1 overall and 2-0 in their region. Coming into the season, the Panthers were riding a 16-game losing streak.

In week three, the Panthers dominated county rival John Essex 86-14. The Hornets are the only team yet to earn a victory this season in the county. Marengo scored 32 points in the first quarter and 48 points in the second quarter. They only added 6 for the rest of the game.

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Jatevin Horn led the way on offense and defense for the Panthers against the Hornets. Offensively, Horn rushed for 133 yards on six carries for two touchdowns. Defensively, he had 10 total tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Michael Lewis also crossed the century mark in rushing, as he finished the game with 109 yards on four carries for two touchdowns.

In other action around the county last Friday, the Linden Patriots improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in region play with a 53-17 win over St. Luke’s on the road.

Sweet Water went on the road to Millry and came away with a 48-7 win, improving their record to 2-1. The Bulldogs have won convincingly in both of their region matchups this season.

The Eagles of A.L. Johnson fell to 1-2 with a 16-8 loss to Fruitdale at home. In the Eagles’ two region losses, they have struggled offensively, but the defense has held opposing teams to low scores as well.