Four local schools to host homecoming this week

Published 3:49 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Four local schools will hold their homecoming games this week, as Demopolis, Linden, Marengo and A.L. Johnson will hold festivities this week.

For Demopolis, their homecoming opponent is the Satsuma Gators. Tigers head coach Tom Causey said that, even though there are a lot of distractions that come with homecoming week, he knows his players are focused. In addition to homecoming this week, the Tigers will welcome region powerhouse Jackson to town next Thursday night.

“It’s pretty easy to be focused at this point because every region game is a playoff game, and we’re aware of that,” he said. “We just have to take it one day at a time and one play at a time. We will worry about tomorrow when it gets here, but right now, we’re preparing for Satsuma 110 percent.”

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Last week against Sumter Central, Demopolis played well, but bad snaps early in the game made the offense look worse than it actually was, according to Causey.

“We came out and had the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown, and our defense forced a three-and-out, but bad snaps killed us on offense early,” he said. “We corrected that and moved the ball pretty well. We just have to take better care of the football and make better decisions.”

A homecoming pep rally will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. and a bonfire will be at 6:45 p.m., both taking place at the high school. On Friday, the homecoming parade will be held in downtown Demopolis beginning at 1 p.m.

In other homecoming action this week, the Linden Patriots will host John Essex High School. John Essex is winless on the season, and Linden is undefeated in the region with two losses coming from opponents in higher classifications.

Marengo High School (4-3, 3-2) will host J.U. Blacksher (1-6, 1-4) for homecoming. The Panthers are on a two-game skid, but look to rebound against the struggling Bulldogs.

The A.L. Johnson Eagles (5-2, 3-2) will host McIntosh (1-6, 1-4) for their homecoming game. The Eagles are looking to continue the quest to return to the playoffs.

On the road this week will be Marengo Academy and Sweet Water.

The Longhorns (7-0, 4-0) will travel to Sparta Academy (2-5, 2-2) to take on the Warriors. Marengo Academy hopes to continue its undefeated campaign this season.

Sweet Water (5-2, 5-0) is coming off of their biggest win of the season so far over Washington County. They will travel to Choctaw County (2-5, 1-4) this week to keep their undefeated region record intact.