Bulldogs, Bears to renew rivalry Friday

Published 8:41 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Clint Moseley may be wrestling with SEC defenses and Danny Powell may be coaching the No. 1 team in Class 4A, but Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker understands that Leroy is still Leroy.

“They’re still Leroy,” Luker said. “They’ve got a good program. They look good on film. They’ve got a great quarterback, William Gartman. He’s very accurate and has got great pocket presence. He’ll give us trouble if we let him.”

While Powell, who helped elevate the program to the pinnacle of Class 2A, has moved on, his influence is still prominent on a Leroy football team that continues to run the spread offense as well as almost anyone in the state.

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“They’ve got a lot of fast skill players,” Luker said. “They are big in the box on both sides of the ball.”

For the Bulldogs, Leroy provides provides the final test in a grueling season that has included contests against Thomasville, Gordo, Handley and Linden.

“I like where we are,” Luker said. “This is a great playoff preparation game for us. This game will have a great third round or fourth round feel. But, we understand that the month of November doesn’t hinge on Friday night.”

The Bulldogs finished as runners up in Class 1A, Region 1 and will host the No. 3 seed from Class 1A, Region 4 next week in the first round of the playoffs when Keith comes to call.