Brantley ends Bulldogs’ dreams, 30-13

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

BRANTLEY-The Brantley Bulldogs used a strong rushing attack to pound out a 30-13 win over the Sweet Water Bulldogs. Brantley beat Sweet Water at their own game out-rushing them 308 yards to 133. Most of these yards were credited to junior James Pittman, who churned out 178 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns.

On their second possession of the game Brantley returned a Sweet Water punt to the Bulldog 40 yard line. On their second play James Pittman broke free for a 40 yard run to make the score 6-0. The extra point by Marcus Owens was good giving Brantley a 7-0 lead with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Sweet Water came right back and slowed the tempo of the game with a 13 play 69 yard drive. Sweet Water converted two fourth down plays, the last a 1 yard Deon Williams touchdown run to make the score 7-6 with 28 seconds to go in the opening quarter. Justus Staehle came through with the extra point to tie the game.

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It looked as if Sweet Water had a huge break in the game when Drew Luker stepped in front of a Brantley pass to give Sweet Water the ball at their own 45 yard line. However, the Brantley defense would hold and turn their momentum into points.

In the second quarter both teams began to slug it out. Brantley would score the only points of the period on their first drive of the quarter with a 31 yard Owens field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

Sweet Water forced another Brantley turnover late in the second when Jacques Lockett pounced on a Brantley fumble at the Sweet Water 33 yard line. Again, the Bulldog defense would hold to protect their 10-7 lead going into the locker room.

The third quarter was more of the same as both teams traded possessions.

Sweet Water threatened with a 32 yard Staehle field goal attempt, but it fell just short.

Brantley took the momentum and began to move. The Bulldogs rolled off a four play 80 yard drive ending with a Jeffrey Daniels 1 yard touchdown run, The extra point was blocked and with 43 seconds remaining in the third, Brantley held a slim 16-7 lead.

The Bulldogs found the endzone again on their next possession as they rode the legs of Pittman and Chris Booker. Booker would finish cap the nine play 54 yard drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. This time the extra point was good, making the score 23-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.

With only 7:20 remaining in the game Sweet Water needed to move fast and that is exactly what they did. The Bulldogs rolled off a four play 71 yard drive using Williams arm to air it out to the 2 yard line. The next play Williams would keep it himself riding his interior line into the endzone on a quarterback sneak. The attempt for two failed leaving Sweet Water behind 23-13.

Five plays later, Brantley would slam the door. The Bulldogs rolled off a quick four play 55 yard drive ending with a four yard Pittman score. The extra point made it 30-13 and put the game away.

Brantley, now 11-1, will travel to Loachapoka next week for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Indians.

Sweet Water ended the season at 9-3.