LOOKING FOR CHANGEPublished 12:01am Friday, November 9, 2012
Andalusia is looking for a change — a change in its playoff record.
For the last three seasons, the Bulldogs (6-4) have advanced to the post season, but haven’t made it past the first round.
AHS will get another shot tonight in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs against second-ranked Beauregard in Opelika.
Bulldogs head football coach Brian Seymore said the players are fully aware of what tonight’s game holds.
“You make the playoffs to make a run,” Seymore said. “That’s what you’re there for. It’s going to take a total team effort. I think our players understand what’s on the line, everybody starts fresh at 0-0.
“Hopefully, this is where playing some of the tougher teams this season with a little tougher schedule will help us,” he said. “Beauregard is a quality football team. It’s no fluke they’re 9-1.”
Beauregard’s only loss this season came to Class 6A’s Smith Station.
On offense, the Hornets have wide receiver and all-around playmaker Trey Collins. At quarterback, BHS third-year starter David Winslett commands the spread formation team.
“He’s so multiple,” Seymore said about Collins. “They’ll line him up all over the field. He’s got good speed and is very elusive. There’s no doubt we have to know where he is at all times. We’ve worked hard defensively in recognizing where he’s at.”
On Winslett, Seymore said the QB has the ability to “throw the ball down field.”
“He’s a well-rounded player,” he said. “We’re going to try to take him out of his game a little bit, disrupt him and take him out of his rhythm.”
Defensively, BHS has only allowed an average of 5.9 points in the last five games. The Hornets run out of a 3-4 scheme.
Seymore said Beauregard’s strength is its inside linebackers.
“They’re definitely a talented football team,” he said.
In Andalusia’s 49-14 loss to Class 6A Fairhope last week, the Bulldogs’ execution on pass protection was something the needed to be worked on this week.
Seymore said the team has put the loss behind it and worked diligently this week on that specific protection.
“We can’t give up big plays,” he said.
Most importantly, Seymore said he just wants his kids to compete for a full 48 minutes tonight.
“We’re looking for an opportunity to compete in the fourth quarter. That’s what it comes down to,” he said. “We’ve got to be aggressive for four quarters on both sides of the ball. Everybody knows if you win, you move on and if you lose, you go home. That’s the mentality we’re taking.”
Kick off tonight in Opelika is at 7.