Sweet Water’s O-line continues to get job done

by dentonramsey

Sweet Water’s O-line continues to get job done

 

By Denton Ramsey/Sports Editor

It’s been said before, but it will be said again.

The Sweet Water Bulldogs are having a cinderalla season, and they are one game away from heading to the championship game.

And much of the Bulldogs success has to do with the offensive line.

“I think we’ve had a huge impact this year,” senior offensive lineman Tony Johnson said. “This is one of the best lines I’d ever imagine we would have this year.”

Johnson isn’t alone on that attitude.

 

“I think we’ve been playing together a long time,” sophomore offensive lineman Blake Luker said. “We’ve been playing together for about three years and there’s a whole lot that we know we can do.”

Head coach Stacy Luker has stressed playing as a team more than any other aspect in the game of football.

“If we didn’t work as a team, we wouldn’t be this far,” Johnson said. “We work hard for eachother, we lift eachother up, and we get a whole lot better.”

According to the starting offensive line, the Loachapoka game stands out as one of their best performances.

“They had one of the best defenses in the state and we hung with them and got the job done,” Blake Luker said.

In order for Sweet Water to win and advance in tonight’s game against Brantley, the offensive line will be called upon again to continue to do what they have done all season long.

“Just play as a team,” Johnson said. “Stay on our blocks and impose our will on Brantley. Show them that we are the only Bulldogs that deserve to go to the state championship this year.”

Outside of the offensive line and their job, the offense has done their share of stepping up to get things done.

“I think we’ve done a whole lot better than last year,” Johnson said. “Because now we have a good passing game. Last year we would just straight run. And if they stopped our run, then we didn’t have anything to go on. But now, we have four great running backs, a great quarterback, and great receivers also. We’ve got a lot of weapons.”

Sweet Water’s offensive line also believes the coaching staff has done a remarkable job of getting the team on the right track.

“One of the best in the state,” Blake Luker said.

“They’ve been hard on us at times,” Johnson added. “But the harder they got on us, the better we played.”

With every new season comes changes.

And this season, that change has been a major positive.

“Maturity has been the biggest improvement in this year’s team,” Johnson said.

Sweet Water’s defense has done a good job of making things happen this season as well, especially in the postseason.

But don’t tell the Bulldogs they are underdogs, because they view their team as one of the best.

And they have every reason to believe that.

“All I can say is that we’re one of the best teams out there,” Blake Luker said.

One of the turning points in Sweet Water’s season was a heart-breaking loss to the highly touted American Christian Patriots, a team that Brantley defeated last week to advance to the semifinals.

“I think we should have won against American Christian,” Johnson said. “We had three mistakes that cost us. I just think we’re a lot better than American Christian and Brantley.”

But with tough losses comes a lot of growing up.

And the Bulldogs have done just that.

“We had the maturity to grow up after that,” Blake Luker said. “After that loss, we came back the next week and worked hard and got the win the following week.”

This year’s Bulldogs played much better than last year when they faced ACA.

“Last year when we lost to American Christian, it hurt us,” Johnson added. “And this year it just shows that we can bounce back from anything. We’ve had so much adversity these past three years. A lot of people look at our age on paper, they don’t look at us on the field. And we’ll just show them how we play on Friday night.”

If the Bulldogs can stay true to form as they have through the entire postseason, Brantley very well may be staying at home next Friday night listening to the championship game on the radio.

The ultimate answer will be known sometime later this evening.

Until then, the cinderalla story lives on.

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