In a game that was all defense early on, Sweet Water eventually put their first touchdown on the board and that would be enough as the Bulldogs win the 1A state championship 20-6 over the Pickens County Tornadoes.

The game was scoreless at the end of the first quarter and stayed that way under Pickens County finally scored on a 26-yard field goal with 5:40 left in the first half. Sweet Water would answer with a 10-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard run by Jacory Brown. That touchdown would put them up 7-3 at halftime, and that was all they needed.

Sweet Water scored a touchdown in each quarter of the second half to extend their lead. Jacory Brown led the way with 25 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jaylon Williamson was right behind him with 12 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown.

MVP Shamar Lewis had 16 carries for 95 yards as the Bulldogs totaled 282 yards on the ground. Lewis also had four tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, an interception and a scoop and score for a touchdown for a 64-yard touchdown.

Sweet Water only completed one pass, going 1/8 combined but it did go for 50 yards. Meanwhile, Pickens County only had 22 rush yards but 233 passing yards. However, the Tornadoes had four turnovers, including two interceptions and two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Final Stat Leaders

Full stats

Passing

Jonah Smith (Sweet Water) – 1/7, 50 yards
Shamar Lewis (Sweet Water) – 0/1

AlJaron Edwards (Pickens County) – 17/26, 174 yards, 2 INT
Clifford Morton (Pickens County) – 3/5, 59 yards

Rushing

Jacory Brown (Sweet Water) – 25 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD
Jaylon Williamson (Sweet Water) – 12 carries, 95 yards
Shamar Lewis (Sweet Water) – 16 carries, 95 yards

Jacaurian Washington (Pickens County) – 7 carries, 25 yards
Javian Prude (Pickens County) – 4 carries, 13 yards
Malik Betts (Pickens County) – 1 carry, 2 yards

Receiving

Trenton Sams (Sweet Water) – 1 catch, 50 yards

Elliott Petty (Pickens County) – 9 catches, 109 yards
Malik Betts (Pickens County) – 6 catches, 70 yards
Ta’Darien McIntosh (Pickens County) – 3 catches, 30 yards
Jacaurian Washington (Pickens County) – 2 catches, 24 yards