Sweet Water Sweet Indeed

Sweet Water finished off an impressive 2006 season with a bombing of Cedar Bluff Saturday in the Class 1A State Championship game at Legion Field.

Birmingham, Ala.--Tailbacks Anthony Landrum and Dominic Holt put the cap on a fantastic 2006 Saturday afternoon as the duo led Sweet Water to the Class 1A State Championship with a 48-0 bombing of Cedar Bluff at Legion Field. Coming into the game the two had combined for over 2,800 yards and 46 touchdowns on the ground and they didn't disappoint in their last game together in the purple and gold.

A 6-1, 200 junior, Landrum punished Cedar Bluff defenders the entire day while Holt slashed and dashed his way though the defense to form the perfect combination. Landrum finished with 142 yards on 25 carries while Holt added 65 yards on 18 carries. For the day Sweet Water rushed for 245 yards while holding Cedar Bluff to -24 yards on the ground. Sweet Water quarterback Drew Luker also had a solid day with five completions in six attempts for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Coming into Saturday's Class 1A state title game the prevailing thought was that this had the chance to be the biggest mismatch of the weekend considering Sweet Water defeated Class 2A champ Leroy 35-6 earlier this year and the Bulldogs made that a reality early Saturday afternoon.

It started with the defense making a play. After a possession by each offense yielded nothing, Cedar Bluff and Purdue commitment Jamie Hampton got things going for the Tigers as they drove from their own 16 out to the 41 but that's when Sweetwater came up with the first of several big plays.

Stepping in front of the pass Demara Williams picked off Hampton's throw and returned it to the Cedar Bluff 36-yard line. On the first play quarterback Drew Luker hit receiver Scottie Nelson in the open field. He was finally dragged to the ground by a defender at the one-yard line. From there running back Dominic Holt leaped over the top for a touchdown to give Sweet Water the early lead.

Holt flies high for the touchdown.

Before the quarter was over Sweet Wwater would get the ball back and begin the march again for the score. Starting on the Cedar Bluff 34 following a Landrum interception of a Hampton pass, the Bulldogs began a pounding drive of nine consecutive running plays that moved the ball to the Cedar Bluff nine yard line. On third and goal from the nine following a holding call Luker hit Antonio Landrum for a touchdown to push the lead to two touchdowns.

Already up 14-0 the Sweet Water defense and Landrum came up big to pin Hampton and Cedar Bluff deep. Taking over at the 26 with 10:14 left in the half the Tigers started with run for no yards, a penalty and then an incompletion to bring up third and 15. That was what Landrum was looking for as he blitzed untouched to pound Hampton down for a 10-yard loss. Forced to punt from his own 11-yard line Cedar Bluff's Jim Nelson punted for just 25 yards to the 36-yard line where Sweet Water took over. It took the Bulldogs just four plays to score after a Luker pass to Scottie Nelson for 20-yard gave Sweet Water a first down at the four. From there Holt took it over for the score to put the Bulldogs up 21-0.

That wouldn't be all for the Bulldogs in the half as after defensive stops on both sides Sweet Wwater got the ball back on the Cedar Bluff 45-yard line with just 24 seconds left in the half. After an incompletion a Luker run netted 20 yards to move the ball to the 25 with just 11 seconds left. Trying a desperation pass Luker underthrew Antonio Landrum who came back for the ball and walked into the endzone for a 25-yard score to make it 28-0 Sweet Water at the half.

Things didn't get any better for Cedar Bluff to start the second half as Sweet Water received the second half kickoff and proceeded to drive the length of the field for its fifth touchdown of the day. Starting at the 42 the Bulldogs ran the ball eight straight times with Landrum getting the bulk of the work with five carries for 54 yards on the drive. The last four yards gave Sweet Water a 35-0 advantage with the bulk of the second half still remaining.

From there it was the Landrum and Holt show for Sweet Water as the two ground out yardage and the clock for the Bulldogs. Holt added a short touchdown run in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 42-0 before exiting the field to a standing ovation after a senior season that saw him rush for over 1,300 yards and score 24 touchdowns. Sweet Water wasn't done quite yet as 5-9, 175 freshman Johnny Lockett added a nine-yard score with 3:46 left to make it 48-0. The 48 points is a Super Six record for the 1A game and capped off a huge day for the Bulldogs as they walked away with their sixth state championship in school history.


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