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          The Sweet Water Bulldogs were defending Class 1A state champions as they approached the 2007 football season. With returning talent at most skilled positions, the Bulldogs were ready to repeat as champions. Last season the Bulldogs finished with a 13-1 record, losing only to Class 4A Thomasville in the season opener.

          Senior Drew Luker was back at the quarterback position along with senior running back Anthony Landrum. Landrum, who rushed for 1,691 yards in 2006, will lead the Bulldogs into the season.

          Sweet Water entered the season riding a thirteen game winning streak. They were also the top ranked team in Class 1A according to the Alabama Sports Writers. It was a position they held throughout the season.


  Thomasville 6   0   7   0   13  
  Sweet Water 0   7   6   14   27  

           Sweet Water ended a nine-year losing streak to second ranked Class 4A Thomasville as they defeated the Tigers 27-13 to open the 2007 season. It was also only the second win over the Tigers for Sweet Water in the past 23 seasons. The defense recovered six Thomasville fumbles to assist in the victory.

           Anthony Landrum rushed for 128 yards on 23 carries and quarterback Drew Luker scored two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Thomasville entered the game as the No. 2 team in 4A but could not overcome the turnovers. Sweet Water led 7-6 at the half and the teams were tied 13-13 at the end of three periods. The Bulldogs scored twice in the last stanza to put the game away.


  Sweet Water             75  
  Akron             14  

          The top-ranked Sweet Water Bulldogs totally destroyed Akron in week two 75-14.


  Sweet Water             65  
  Sunshine 0   0   0   0   0  

          The defense registered their first shutout of the season in week three as Sweet Water rolled past Sunshine 65-0 to push their record to 3-0 on the season.


  Linden 8   0   0   0   8  
  Sweet Water 14   14   21   7   56  

          Sweet Water faced off against No. 6 Linden in week four. The Bulldogs came away with a 56-8 victory behind the running of Landrum and Johnny Lockett. Landrum ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns while Lockett added 102 yards and another three scores.

          The offense rolled up 418 yards on the ground and a total of 480 yards. The defense held Linden to just 21 yards rushing on 15 attempts as the Bulldogs jumped out to a big 28-8 halftime lead. They extended the margin to 49-8 by the end of the third period. 


  Leroy 0   7   7   0   14  
  Sweet Water 21   7   7   0   35  

           Sweet Water extended their winning streak to eighteen games while breaking Leroy's streak of twelve games as the Bulldogs defeated the Bears 35-14 in week five of the season. The game matched up the defending Class 1A champions against the defending Class 2A title holders. Leroy was also the number one team in Class 2A.

           The defense held Leroy to minus-1 yard rushing on 23 attempts. Leroy quarterback Clint Moseley threw for 260 yards but it was not enough for the Bears as they went back to Leroy with the loss.

          The defense also sacked Moseley seven times while Drew Luker scored twice to lead the offense. Landrum scored two touchdowns and Delano Brewer returned a blocked punt 8 yards for a touchdown as Sweet Water led 21-0 after the first quarter.


  A.L. Johnson 0   0   0   0   0  
  Sweet Water 27   6   20   6   59  

          The Bulldogs raced out to a 27-0 first quarter lead and cruised to a 59-0 trouncing of A.L. Johnson in week six of the season. Anthony Landrum rushed for 181 yards on only 10 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled up 389 yards rushing in the game.

           The defense held Johnson to four first downs and 21 yards of total offense. Landrum scored on runs of 49 and 46 yards in the first quarter. Antonio Landrum recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score and Johnny Lockett returned the second half kickoff 85 yards for another score.


  Sweet Water             61  
  South Lamar             0  

          Following a week off, the Sweet Water Bulldogs registered their third shutout of the season by defeating South Lamar 61-0. The win was the 20th consecutive for the Bulldogs as they remained the top-ranked team in Class 1A.


  John Essex             8  
  Sweet Water             48  

          Sweet Water rolled past John Essex 48-8 in week eight of the season to push their record to 8-0. The win gave the Bulldogs their 21st consecutive win dating back to the first game of the 2006 season.


  Sweet Water 20   14   6   0   40  
  American Christian 0   7   0   0   7  

          Sweet Water ran over American Christian (8-2) to cap off a perfect 9-0 regular season. Drew Luker scored on runs of 26, 3 and 3 yards and threw for 93 yards on 5-of-8 passing. Anthony Landrum ran for two touchdowns, scoring on dashes of 30 and 5 yards. Johnny Lockett added a 50-yard scoring run.

          The offense rolled up 481 yards rushing and a total of 574 yards as they built a 34-7 halftime lead.


  Providence Christian 0   7   0   0   7  
  Sweet Water 20   27   21   0   68  

          Providence Christian proved to be little trouble for the Sweet Water Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs as they went down 68-7. The offense rolled up 420 yards rushing and a total of 514 while the defense held Providence to 153 total yards and intercepted three passes.

        Anthony Landrum rushed for 200 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the way. He scored on runs of 2, 22, 38 and 55 yards and quarterback Drew Luker threw two touchdown passes.


  Sweet Water             52  
  St. Jude             12  

          Anthony Landrum ran for 216 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in Sweet Water's 52-12 win over St. Jude in the second round of the playoffs. Coach Stacy Luker registered his 100th win as a head football coach in the game. The win was the 24th consecutive for the Bulldogs as they pushed their season record to 11-0.


  Wadley             7  
  Sweet Water             39  

          In the third round, Sweet Water trounced Wadley 30-7 at home. Quarterback Drew Luker completed 6-of-13 passes for 129 yards and Anthony Landrum rushed for 109 yards on 15 carries and scored one touchdown. Butch Williams also ran for one score and caught a touchdown pass in the victory at Nolan Atkins Stadium.


  Maplesville             36  
  Sweet Water             46  

        As he always does, Anthony Landrum got hot the closer Sweet Water gets to the championship game. He rushed for 194 yards and scored foru touchdowns as the Bulldogs outscored Maplesville 46-36 in the semi-finals of the playoffs.

          Maplesville took an early 6-0 leads before Landrum scored on three consecutive possessions. He added a third period touchdown run. Delano Brewer returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown to extend the Sweet Water lead to 46-30 lat in the fourth quarter.


  Talladega County Central             7  
  Sweet Water             42  

          The Class 1A championship game was another blowout for Sweet Water, as the Bulldogs defeated Talladega County Central 42-7 for Coach Stacy Luker's third title in four years. The Bulldogs scored at least 39 points in each of their playoff wins and averaged 49 points a game during the post-season.

          Once again the Bulldogs scored in every quarter and rolled up 383 yards of offense while holding TCC to just 103 yards. Anthony Landrum ran for 212 yards and scored three touchdowns giving him a total of ten scores in his career at Sweet Water in three title games. He also collected his third MVP trophy.

          Sweet Water collected their seven championship having won previously in 1978, 1979, 1986, 2004 and 2006. They finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record and scored a team record 712 points by averaging over 50 points a game.

           Senior running back Anthony Landrum finished the season with 2,103 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Drew Luker completed 61-of-112 attempts for 1,197 yards and 12 TDs.

          Anthony Landrum, Drew Luker, lineman Nakia Dennis, Tate Luker and Wes Burnett were selected to the first team of the all-state squad by the ASWA. Antonio Landrum, Delano Brewer and Tyrice Lockett were named to the honorable mention team.




Sweet Water
2007

8/31 27 Thomasville . . . . . . . 13
9/7 75 Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
9/14 64 Sunshine . . . . . . . . . . 0
9/21 56 Linden . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
9/28 35 Leroy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
10/5 59 A.L. Johnson . . . . . . 0
10/12 OPEN . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10/19 61 South Lamar . . . . . . . 0
10/26 48 John Essex . . . . . . . . 8
11/2 40 American Christian . . 7
11/9 68 Providence Christian * . 7
11/16 52 St. Jude * . . . . . . . . 12
11/23 39 Wadley * . . . . . . . . . . 7
11/30 46 Maplesville * . . . . . 36
12/6 42 Talladega County Central # . 7

712 14-0 133

* Playoff game
# State championship game




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