Sweet Water runs over Leroy

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Jakoby Aldridge runs over, around and through Leroy on his way to 247 yards on 23 carries Friday night.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Jakoby Aldridge runs over, around and through Leroy on his way to 247 yards on 23 carries Friday night.

LEROY — Sweet Water rebounded from a week one setback with a 41-6 thumping of region rival Leroy Friday night.

“We answered the bell (Friday) night. I was proud of them,” Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker said.

A week after running for 200 yards against Linden, Marvin Davidson took the opening kickoff back to the SWHS 16 yard line to set the Leroy offense up. But the Bulldogs averted the threat when Tanner Luker picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it out to the LHS 23.

From there, Sweet Water embarked on an 11-play, 77-yard drive that ended on a 41-yard touchdown run by Daniel Sewell with 6:30 to go in the game’s opening quarter.

Branson Davis added to the lead more than five minutes later when he punched it in from a yard out to cap an eight-play, 67-yard drive.

Jakoby Aldridge stretched the lead again when he scored on an eight-yard run with 5:43 to play in the first half. The Jacksonville State commit’s scoring run punctuated a sequence in which he carried the ball six times out of seven plays on the 90-yard Bulldog trek.

Aldridge struck again in the third quarter when he scored on the third play of the half with a 70-yard touchdown run.

Davidson got Leroy on the board with 5:12 to play in the third when he scored on a 36-yard run. Sweet Water’s Xavier McIntosh blocked the extra point attempt.

Demarcus Gamble got in on the scoring when he scored from five yard out to end a seven-play, 50-yard drive.

Aldridge finished the night with 247 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Sewell had six carries for 113 yards and two scores. Gamble carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Bulldogs out-rushed Leroy 447 yards to 98.

Sewell ended the scoring with a 60-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Tristan Weatherly converted five of his six extra point attempts on the night for Sweet Water. Sewell and Tate Gibbs each recorded an interception.