Jags dance past Bulldogs, 34-14

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

It was not the best homecoming for the Andalusia Bulldogs and their fans last night.

The wet and rainy night did not make for a good homecoming. It also did not make for a Bulldog win with the visiting Hillcrest Jaguars topping Andalusia 34-14.

Hillcrest scored on its first possession of the game when Chris Nelson capped off a five-play drive with an 80-yard touchdown run on a third-and-five play. The two-point attempt failed, but the Jags were on top 6-0 with 6:34 left in the opening period.

It was 14-0 just before the end of the first quarter.

Hillcrest added to the lead with a 22-yard touchdown run by Nelson on a trap play. The Jags went for two and got it on a running play by Jerry Jackson.

Hillcrest stretched the lead to 20-0 just before the halftime intermission.

Jackson hit Pierce Evans with a pass for a three-yard touchdown play. The two-point attempt failed, but the Jags had a 20-0 lead.

The Hillcrest defense added a touchdown in the third quarter for a 28-0 lead.

Andalusia quarterback C.T. Eldridge was blindsided and fumbled the ball. Hillcrest's Jermaine Watson picked up the ball and returned it 75 yards for a score.

Jackson added a two-point conversion on a running play and the Jags were on top 28-0 with 5:20 remaining in the third period.

Hillcrest scored again in the final seconds of the third when Jamie Simpson blocked a punt and Brandt Smith returned it for a touchdown. The two-point play failed as the Jags held onto a 34-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the third.

Andalusia managed to score two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the final score 34-14.

Eldridge scored on a quarterback sneak from one yard out with 8:05 remaining in the game to get Andalusia on the scoreboard. Hillcrest remained on top 34-6.

Hillcrest recovered an onside kick, but fumbled the ball on its second play. Andalusia recovered the loose ball to set up another scoring drive.

Neal Patterson scored on a pass from Eldridge. The touchdown play covered 19 yards. The two-point attempt was a pass play. Jerome Tomberlin caught an Eldridge pass, after it was tipped, for the two point conversion.

Hillcrest, however, remained on top 34-14 and held on for the win.