Sweet Water vs. Maplesville

No buildup is needed when talking about the game Friday night between the Sweet Water Bulldogs and Maplesville Red Devils. Both teams are undefeated and crushing opponents this season. Maplesville seeks revenge against the team that has beaten them out of the playoffs the past two years.

Coach Brent Hubbert's Red Devils are highly motivated. "We just can't be intimidated. To everyone else in the state, Sweet Water has done everything except drive to Birmingham and pick up the trophy. We can't be intimidated by that," Hubbert said Wednesday afternoon.

Sweet Water has flown through their schedule this season, outscoring opponents 625-90. Hubbert thinks his team is ready, and he knows what to expect from the Bulldogs.

"We're going to get a heavy dose of the running game with Landrum, Lockett, Williams, and Luker, nothing we haven't seen the past two years. And they're going to line up and come at us on defense," he said.

Sweet Water has a lot of playmakers, but Maplesville counters with some pretty good ones of their own. It all starts off with Marcus Wilson, the quarterback. He has over 600 rushing yards and 1,600 through the air. He gets the ball to guys like Nick Andrews.

When asked about Andrews Coach Hubbert said, "He's an athlete. He's a smart kid, and he does a lot of things that put us in a good position."

The Red Devils' defense has given up only 11 points per game this season. They have a tough task in stopping Anthony Landrum and Sweet Water.

The Bulldogs average 52 points per game and have some big time talent on that side of the ball. When asked about his running back Anthony Landrum, Coach Stacy Luker told, "He's just a good runner. He's good in between the tackles. He runs with power and speed and he doesn't fumble much."

Luker had a lot to say about the rest of his offense and a few more playmakers. "Drew Luker, our quarterback, runs the offense. He can get us in the right position to score. He's a good leader. Butch Williams is a versatile athlete. He has a lot of experience. Our O-line has had a big year. They're an experienced group, too."

Coach Luker knows Maplesville is going to be ready when they come in to town Friday night. When asked what he expects from them, he told, "Speed. They're a physical team, well coached, and experienced. I expect them to be motivated and give us a great game."

The keys to the game, according to Luker, are to control the tempo, keep the ball, and shorten the game. source for Alabama high school football.

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