The Sonoraville and Bremen matchup on Friday night was expected to be a hard-fought battle between the two Region 6-AAA South contenders, but rarely does a game live up to the expectations many have for it. That certainly wasn’t the case at The Furnace in each team’s subregion opener.
The two talented teams put on a show in which each had huge moments, but it was Bremen that made more plays in the second half to come away with a 29-22 win and move to 1-0 in the subregion.
The Blue Devils (6-0, 1-0 subregion) made a statement coming out of the locker room at the half of a 15-15 ballgame, as they drove down the field for a time-consuming, successful drive that ended up with quarterback Wade Cartwright plunging into the end zone from one yard away to put his team up 22-15 after the extra point. Cartwright had two rushing touchdowns and also threw for 148 yards and a score.
After forcing another stop of Sonoraville (3-3, 0-1 subregion), Bremen once again put a scoring drive together that culminated in a 30-yard touchdown run by Jalen Dallas to put the Devils ahead 29-15. Dallas ran for 47 yards on four carries. Tyran Dobbs led Bremen with 167 yards on 22 carries.
Sonoraville refused to go away quietly, however, as they got a pair of turnovers in the fourth quarter to give themselves a chance. The first came on a fumble recovery near midfield by Darren Coleman with a little more than nine minutes to play. The Phoenix were stopped on fourth down on the ensuing drive, but the defense came through once again, tackling Bremen’s punter after a bobbled snap on their next possession at the 15.
A few plays later, Sonoraville’s Trent Daniel made an incredible diving catch for a five-yard connection from Patrick Moore to cut the deficit to one possession at 29-22 with 3:19 to play. Moore finished 108 yards passing and two touchdowns to go along with an interception. He also ran for 57 yards and a touchdown. Daniel caught four passes for 50 yards.
Bremen’s offense did the job, however, on the next drive, converting a couple first downs and draining the clock out to seal the win.
The first half was back and forth as each team had momentum-grabbing plays.
After the two defenses exchanged a few stops, Bremen got on the board first in the contest as they used a little trickery on a handoff to the running back before he lateraled back across the field to quarterback Cartwright who then tossed it downfield 37 yards to an open Ben Barrow for the touchdown. The extra-point try was blocked as the Devils went up 6-0.
Sonoraville answered late in the first quarter as Moore got loose and sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown run to make it 7-0 along with Dawson Holbrook’s point after.
Cartwright found the end zone a little while later on a one-yard touchdown plunge, but the two-point try was stopped to give Bremen a 12-7 lead.
Bremen kicker Evan Fuller put his foot into one and made a 45-yard field goal with 1:16 to go in the first half to make it 15-7, but Sonoraville punched right back with a long return on the kickoff by Daniel to the Bremen 36. A 15-yard penalty was tacked on for a late hit out of bounds to move it to the 21, and Moore connected with Casey Brooks for a 21-yard touchdown pass from there. Moore then used his elusiveness to scramble for the two-point conversion and tie the game at 15-15, which was the score as the teams went to the locker room for the half.
The Phoenix will be on the road next Friday as they continue subregion play at Haralson County.