Sweet Water comes up short in defensive struggle at Flomaton

By Jeremy Sellers

Special to The Watchman

DSC_1319FLOMATON – The Sweet Water Bulldogs traveled to the Florida state line on Friday night to take on the Flomaton Hurricanes. Coach Doug Vickery and his Hurricanes earned a 13-7 homecoming victory over the Bulldogs at Hurricane Field.

Flomaton was led on the offensive side of the ball by quarterback Andrew Cash, who scored both of the Hurricanes’ touchdowns in the contest.

Both teams were scoreless after one quarter of play as neither team could get much of a drive going.

The first score of the ball game came at the 3:59 mark of the second quarter. Cash scored the first of his two touchdowns via a 36-yard keeper up the middle. Nick Morgan added the extra point for the Hurricanes to give them the 7-0 advantage.

Sweet Water came right back on the ensuing drive and busted into the end zone. The Bulldogs’ lone touchdown of the contest came at the 2:35 mark in the second quarter when running back Jaylin Johnson busted a 13-yard touchdown run around left end. The extra point attempt by DeShawn Blanks tied the game at 7-7 just before halftime.

The Hurricanes went three-and-out in the final two minutes and left the score tied at seven with both teams going to the locker room.

After the bands had cleared the field, the third quarter was just like the first quarter. Neither team came close to reaching the end zone, adding to the defensive classic that was taking place on Hurricane Field.

In the fourth quarter, the two teams exchanged a couple of punts before Flomaton took over with around five minutes left to play in regulation. At the 1:22 mark of the fourth quarter, Cash scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 35 yards out. The extra point, however, was wide right. This left the score at 13-7 in favor of Flomaton.

On the ensuing drive, Flomaton intercepted a Branson Davis pass at the 35 of the Hurricanes. However, Pat Thompson had not used any of his timeouts and Sweet Water was able to get the ball back with 40 seconds left at midfield.

The first play of the final drive went for 33 yards, down to the Flomaton 17, as Davis connected with Paul Weatherly on a screen pass. The comeback ended on the next pass as Terrell Flowers intercepted his second pass of the night to seal the victory for Flomaton.

Sweet Water will be the No. 4 seed in 2A, Region 1 as it will have to travel to Elba in two weeks to take on the Tigers for the second straight season. Next week, the Bulldogs will welcome Maplesville for a non-region contest.