Sweet Water to play for shot at state

Published 11:39 am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Sweet Water Bulldogs (11-2) will host the Washington County Bulldogs (12-1) on Friday night at Nolan-Atkins Stadium.

The game is a region rematch for a chance to play in the Super Six in Auburn next week for the Class 2A state championship.

Sweet Water defeated Washington County in week seven by a score of 20-6 in a game in which Stacy Luker’s team had a nearly 12-minute drive in the second half to help seal the victory.

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This time around, Luker said his team has to do a lot of the same things they did the first time around to be successful.

“We need to do a lot of the same things,” he said. “We need to control the tempo and keep it in our favor and limit their big plays. They have a lot of playmakers.”

He added that Washington County’s quarterback is the main player they will have to key in on this week.

“Their quarterback, Dane Howard, is a great player and they run everything though him,” Luker said. “He is a tremendous playmaker. They have as many skill players as we’ve seen and they do a good job of getting the ball to them.”

Sweet Water has made their path to the semi-finals look easy with big wins over Samson, Aliceville and Lamar County. They are averaging 57 points per game in the playoffs so far and giving up just over 13 points per game.

Washington County has earned their spot in the semi-finals with stifling defense and convincing victories in the playoffs. They defeated Houston Academy, Luverne and Mobile Christian on their way to this round, while averaging just over 36 points per game and only giving up just over 6 points per game.

Luker said the key to his team being successful on offense will be holding onto the ball and “staying ahead of the chains.”

The winner of this game will face the winner of the game between Reeltown (12-1) and Tanner (12-0) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn next Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.