Bulldogs face third Goliath

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 1, 2007

TUSCALOOSA &8212; Sweet Water High School&8217;s football program is a giant killer. The group has vanquished two foes this season from higher Divisions in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

The No. 1 ranked Division 1A king started their season beating Thomasville High School at home &8212; Thomasville is currently ranked No. 3 in 4A with one loss. Midway through the season the Bulldogs hosted a big game at home &8212; this time beating out Leroy High School who is currently ranked No. 3 in 2A with one loss.

This week the Bulldogs are heading on the road to take on their third and final, ranked opponent from a high division &8212; 2A No. 4, behind Leroy, American Christian. American Christian has one loss, but Sweet Water coach Stacy Luker is looking to make it two as his team pursues a perfect season, while playing down the hype of his team&8217;s giant killer status.

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Luker isn&8217;t denying the importance of the game and the consequences of a win, when downplaying the difficulty in taking on a higher division. He notes a win will be a huge statement for the Sweet Water program and his athletes, who are hunting a perfect season topped off with a consecutive state championship. But he isn&8217;t comparing this game with the other two upsets his team has pulled this year.

Luker&8217;s team has played the Patriots for several years, and he said American Christian has one of the strongest defenses it has had in a while. The Bulldog&8217;s earlier Goliath topplers are just that &8212; a thing of the past &8212; when Sweet Water takes the field tonight.