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RHS Football Game Recap Week 2
Rockwood Falls to Sweetwater 13-12

August  30, 2019 @ Sweetwater

Box Score 1 2 3 4 Final
Rockwood 0 12 0 0 12
Sweetwater 0 7 0 6 13

Game Summary By Ed Greif

Thurman Billingsley returned a Nate Brackett pass 10 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to rally the Sweetwater Wildcats to a 13-12 victory over the Rockwood Tigers in Sweetwater Friday night.

Sweetwater opened the game at their 32-yard line, but three plays later, Dillon Garrett picked off a Austin Long pass at the goal line and returned it 20 yards for the Tigers; however the Tigers were held to three plays and out.

The Wildcats used the running of Long, Drew Hicks and Jerod Arnett and the passing of long to move the ball into Tiger territory, but the RHS defense on downs at the Tiger 34. Gavin Evans, Brackett, Octavious Worthy and Abe Gaskins led the defensive charge for the Tigers.

Rockwood used the running of Worthy, Dakota Waldo and Jayden Hannibal and a 18-yard pass from Brackett to Owen Hyle into Wildcat terrirtory as the scoreless first quarter ended.

On the first play of the second quarter, Waldo raced 22 yards for the go-ahead score, but Ben Woodall;s PAT was no good.

Sweetwater took the ensuing kick at their 25-yard line and marched the distance in eight plays to tie the game at 6-6 with 7:36 left in the half. Long completed two passes for 27 yards, while the 'Cats picked up 31 yards rushing on five carries. A personal foul penalty on the Tigers kept the drive alive. The PAT by Ben Brackett gave Sweetwater a 7-6 lead.

Hyle returned the ensuing kick 17 yards to the Tiger 27-yard line. Brackett hit Garrett 21-yards for a crucial first down to open the drive. Two running plays by Worthy and Waldo picked up 13 yards before Brackett hit Hyle for 11 yards to put the Tigers deep into Wildcat territory.

More running by Worthy, Jayden Hannibal and Waldo added nine yards, setting up Brackett's 15-yard pass to Waldo for first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Jayden Hanniball scored from the one for a 12-7 advance with 44.3 seconds left in the half. The two-point conversion was snuffed out by the Sweetwater defense..

Sweetwater recovered the Tigers's onside kick at their 39. Long then passed 19 yards to Simon Blomstrom for a first down at the Tiger 42. Two running plays netted 21 yards to the Rockwood 21-yard line with three seconds left in the half, by 38-yard field goal was just short as the half ended.

Rockwood rushed for 87 yards on 17 carries and completed 4-of-6 passes 65 yards with just six first downs, while Sweetwater rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 107 yards with one pick by Garrett.

The Tiger's first second-half possession went three plays and out, giving the ball back to the 'Cats at their 12-yard line, bu the RHS defense led by Garrett, Brackett and Josiah Gilbert forced a punt.

On third and long from the Wildcat 46, Brackett rolled to his left and threw to Worthy near the goal line, but the ball slipped threw his arms, forcing a punt. Brackett's punt pinned the 'Cats at their 7-yard line. The passing of Long helped the Wildcats move the ball to the Wildcat 48 as the third quarter ended.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, a Sweetwater punt put the Tigers at their 12. Waldo was stopped for a one-yard loss, but a penalty on the Tigers, put the ball at their 6-yard line. A third-down pass from Brackett was picked off by Billingsley for a 10-yard TD; however, the PAT was no good.

A 29-yard kickoff return by Jayden Hannibal put the ball at the Tiger 34-yard line, but Worthy fumbled on the first carry, giving the ball back to the Wildcats. Sweetwater used a mixture of running and passing moved the ball deep into Tiger territory, before being stopped on downs by the Tiger defense, led by Evans, Waldo and Jack Alexander.

The Tigers were held to three plays and out. Hicks picked up 35 yards on seven carries, but the 'Cats closed out the game in their victory formation to take the 13-12 victory.

The Tigers rushed for 66 yards on 26 carries and completed 6-of-13 passes for 81 yards with one interception, while the Wildcats rushed for 153 yards on 33 carries and completed 8-of-17 passes for 113 yards with one PIC.

Brackett punted four times for 43.25 per kick. Waldo was the leading rusher with 35 yards on 11 carries and caught one pass for 15 yards. Garrett had two catches for 30 yards, and Hyle had two catches for 29 and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.

The Tigers host Oliver Springs this Friday.

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