Dawgs tame Tigers, 55-0 shutout

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

SWEET WATER &045; The Sweet Water High School Bulldogs brought it’s a-game last night as they pounded the Sunshine High School Tigers, 55-0 at Nolan Atkins Stadium. Sweet Water clicked on all cylinders as they exploded for 505 yards of offense.

Sweet Water did jump out early, putting 14 points on the board in the first quarter. They reached the end zone on both of their first quarter possessions. They hit pay dirt twice in every quarter plus a safety in the third quarter.

The Sweet Water defense gets just as much or maybe even more credit for the win than the offense. They forced Sunshine to punt on all of their first half possessions.

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The Tigers were held to just two yards of total offense. They were minus 30 yards on the ground. The Sunshine offense was nowhere to be found.

Sunshine’s quarterfinal appearance was it’s first in school history. The Tigers, who end their season at 8-4, beat some quality schools on the way to the quarterfinals. The fourth seeded Tigers knocked off McIntosh and Wadley before bowing to No. 2 Sweet Water.

The Bulldogs first quarter scores were runs of six yard by senior Dominick Holt, his first of four, and a 50-yard dash by junior Anthony Landrum. In the second quarter it was a Drew Luker to a wide-open Heath Hill for 20 yards for a score. The next touchdown in the quarter was the result of a 54-yard drive that culminated with Holt hurdling over the offensive line for his second touchdown. Sweet Water led 27-0 at the half.

The points in the third quarter came on another Luker to Hill pass, this time for 30 yards. A safety followed after Sunshine failed on their possession. Holt rumbled from 11 yards out fro his third touchdown of the night.

In the final 12 minutes, Holt broke loose to the end zone for the fourth time with 10:08 left to play. The Bulldog reserves finished the rest of the way. They got in the scoring picture when Johnny Lockett rumbled for an eight-yard run.

Holt led the offensive charge for the &8216;Dawgs’. He scored four touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards in 18 carries.

Landrum gained 175 yards on the ground on 15 carries and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Luker threw for 144 yards and passing for two touchdowns, completing five of nine attempts.

Sweet Water, now 11-1, advances to the 1A semi-finals for the first time since 2004 when they won the state championship, and will travel to Chilton County to play unbeaten Maplesville next Friday.