Photo by Phillip Moore
Eli Arwood fights for yardage vs. Polk County.
|Published: 9:06 AM, 09/19/2012
Author: Bryan Burchfield
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
POLK COUNTY-You can sum up Sweetwater's
game Friday night on the road against Polk County in two words, big
Big plays produced by the Wildcats from
Polk County led to a 26-19 loss for Sweetwater. After Sweetwater went
three plays and out on the opening series of the game, the Wildcats
were forced to punt to Polk County. Polk County's Chris Wimberley
would receive the punt at his own 22-yard line and, after some great
blocks, raced 78 yards for a score coming at 10:05 to go in the first
Midway through the first it appeared
that Polk County was going to add another touchdown but Sweetwater's
defense stepped up and stopped Polk County on fourth down at the
2-yard line. The Sweetwater offense proceeded to march the ball 98
yards on 19 plays that ate up 7:13 off the clock and ended with a
1-yard quarterback sneak into the end zone by Andrew Barr. The extra
point was blocked.
Sweetwater trailed Polk County 7-6 with 10:19 to
go in the second quarter.
Polk County dialed up another big
scoring play on the next drive as fullback Zach Miller rumbled 72
yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed and the new score
was 13-6 Polk County with 9:58 left before halftime.
right back and put together a 59-yard drive and capped it off with
another Barr 1-yard run. The extra point try was off the mark again
and Polk County maintained the advantage at 13-12 with 7:51 left in
Just as Sweetwater was feeling the
momentum turn in their favor, here comes another dagger from Polk
County in the form of a big play.
On Polk County's next offensive
series, they dug into their bags of tricks and pull out the halfback
pass from Chris Wimberley to a wide open Justin Brown that covered 52
yards and resulted in a Polk County touchdown at 7:20 in the second
quarter. Polk County would unsuccessfully try a two-point conversion.
At the break, Polk County led Sweetwater 19-12. Fast forward to the
fourth quarter and Sweetwater found themselves down 26-12 with 4:16
left in the game. Sweetwater covered 60 yards in just 59 seconds and
scored on a Jordan McGaughey 5-yard run. The Garret Zickgraf PAT was
good and, after all the adversity, Sweetwater was right back in the
game down 26-19 with four minutes to go.
The Sweetwater defense answered the
call with 2:24 left when they forced and fumble which was recovered
by McGaughey at the Sweetwater 16-yard line. With a chance to drive
down and tie it up, the Sweetwater offense came up a half yard short
on fourth down and turned it over to Polk County, who took a couple
of kneel downs and went on to the 26-19 victory. Sweetwater's
record falls to 4-1 overall, 0-1 in the district. They will travel to
Loudon next week.
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