Cramton Bowl, Saturday, Aug. 20, 5:00 p.m.
Head Coaches: Rodney Stidham, Hamilton (53-20-0), 7th year. Stacy Luker, Sweet Water (140-55-0), 16th year, overall beginning his 10th season at Sweet Water.
Pre-season rankings 2011: Hamilton is ranked No. 3 in the ASWA preseason 3A state rankings, and Sweet Water is No. 1 in Class 1A.
Hamilton in 2010The Aggies won the Class 3A, Region 5 title with a perfect 7-0 record – outscoring region opponents 337-105. Hamilton totaled 606 points on the year (40.4 ppg) and yielded 225 (15.0 ppg). Key returning players this year include junior quarterback Mitch Stults, running back/linebacker Bud Coleman and wide receiver Doc Holiday.
Sweet Water in 2010The Bulldogs returned to the championship circle for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Sweet Water scored 581 points (38.7 ppg) and allowed only 140 (9.3 ppg) en route to another perfect season against 1A competition. Key returning players this year include wide receiver Linc Luker, the son of head coach Stacy Luker, running back Michael Thompson and wired receiver/defensive end Ty Morgan. Sweet Water has gone 64-7 in the last five seasons – an average of 12.8 wins per year.
Hamilton's key wins in '10Ironically, the high-scoring Aggies' reached the state finals for the first time in school history with two big defensive wins – a 3-0 decision over Glencoe in round two and a 27-21 win over defending 3A champ Piedmont in the semifinals. The biggest region win came over Cordova, which finished runner-up to Piedmont in 2009. That win, a 47-43 donnybrook, was one of the ASAA's top offensive games of the season in '10.
Sweet Water's key wins in '10Perhaps more noticeable are Sweet Water's key losses – to 4A state champion Thomasville and 2A state champion Leroy and 3A powerhouse Handley. The Bulldogs rolled to a 12-0 record versus 1A competition with the key wins coming against arch-rival Linden, first, 21-12 in the regular season and then again, 20-6, in the semifinals of the Class 1A state playoffs. The championship game was anti-climactic at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Sweet Water won 36-0 over R.A. Hubbard.
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