Bulldogs blast Choctaw County

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 21, 2002

Road warriors describes the Andalusia Bulldogs after Friday night's impressive 33-6 victory against the Choctaw County Tigers in Butler.

Andalusia improved to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in Class 4A, Region 1 play with the lopsided victory. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in Class 4A, Region 1.

The Bulldogs broke free of the leash early in the game when running back Richard Justice capped off the first drive of the game with a 13-yard touchdown run.

Justice's run capped off a 52-yard drive for the Andalusia offense. David Kyle's extra-point attempt was good and the Bulldogs held a 7-0 lead with 5:39 remaining in the opening quarter.

The score remained 7-0 until about halfway through the second quarter when Richard Justice scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on an eight-yard sweep around the blocking on the right side. The touchdown run capped off a 40-yard drive by the Andalusia offense. Kyle's PAT was off the mark, but the Bulldogs had a 13-0 lead.

Justice was in on his third touchdown play of the game about three minutes later when he completed a halfback pass to Neal Patterson. The play covered 41 yards and gave the Bulldogs a 19-0 lead after the two-point attempt failed.

Terrance Salter added to the Bulldogs' lead with just seven seconds remaining in the first half. Salter scored on a one-yard run to cap off an 83-yard drive by the Bulldogs. Kyle's extra point gave Andalusia a 26-0 lead.

Andalusia quarterback proved Justice was not the only player who could throw a touchdown pass in the second quarter when he hooked up with Neal Patterson on a 34-yard touchdown play. Kyle split the uprights with his extra-point attempt to give the Bulldogs a 33-0 edge.

The Bulldogs had the Tigers shutout until the final seconds of the game when Choctaw County quarterback Dexter Leverett completed a screen pass to Brad Ford that covered 48 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good as the Bulldogs recorded a 33-6 victory.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday when the Thomasville Tigers come to Andalusia for the 2002 homecoming contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.