Friday, September 23, 2011

Handley 48 Sweet Water 27

By Wesley Kinsey

It took a while for the Tigers to get on track but get on track they did as Handley ran it's home win streak to 29 games with a win over 1A powerhouse Sweet Water 48-27. Coach Mike Battles recorded win number 63 as Tiger head coach.

It looked as if the Tigers would fall behind early after a blocked punt by the Bulldogs with 10:51 to go in the first. But with Sweet Water at the Handley 22, the Tigers stopped a fake punt and took the ball over on downs at the 25 with 7:25 to go in the opening stanza. The teams duked it out like two prizefighters as the first quarter ended 0-0. Handley would cap a 4 play 85 yard drive early in the second with an 11 yard scamper for the TD by Breyon Deberry.

The touchdown was set up by a 44 yard run by Deberry and a 20 yard jaunt by Quay Hunter. The PAT was good and the Tigers led 7-0 with 11:52 to go in the half. But with only 7:43 remaining Sweet Water would block another Handley punt and set themselves up at the Handley 4. Sweet Water would score on a Demarcus Gamble run and nail the extra point to tie it 7-7 midway in the second. On Handley's next possession Breyon Deberry threw a 55 yard halfback pass to Tevin Cook to set the Tigers up at the Bulldog 20. Three plays later Deberry again took it in 10 yards for the score. The PAT made it 14-7 and the score stood that way at the half.

The third quarter resembled a track meet. With Handley's defense stopping Sweet Water, the ball went over on downs at the Bulldog 45. Three plays later Quay Hunter scored his first TD of the night on a 26 yard run. The PAT failed and Handley led 20-7 with 8:31 to go in the third. Hunter added another 5 yard TD run at 6:48 and Handley converted the 2 pt conversion to go up 28-7. The Bulldogs roared back and went 85 yards in 4 plays with a 3 yard Gamble TD. With the PAT good the score was 28-14 with 4:01 left in the third. On Handley's next offensive play Duran Zachery bolted 62 yards to the Bulldog one. On the next play Zachary blasted into the end zone. The PAT was good and Handley led 35-14 with 3:31 to go in the third. The Bulldogs would score on 30 yard run by Jarvis Lewis. With the extra point it was 35-21 and there was still 2:04 to go in the quarter.

After the ensuing kickoff, Herbert Staples capped a 3 play 64 yard drive by Handley with a 59 yard scamper for the TD. The PAT failed and Handley Let 41-21 with 36 seconds remaining. In the 4th quarter Breyon Deberry would add 47 yard run to score his 3rd TD of the night. The PAT was good and the Tigers led a 48-21 with 8:12 remaining.

Down by 27 the defending 1A champs never quit and Gamble added a 24 yard TD with 1:31 to go. The PAT failed and that's how the game would end with Handley the victor 48-27. Handley goes to 5-0 and moves back into region 3 play next week at Marbury.

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