AHS alumni win 6 in a row

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 13, 2010

Andalusia’s Derrick King grabs a pass while Will Hart tries for the tag Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The Andalusia alumni football team beat the Andalusia Bulldogs 58-29 Thursday night in the sixth annual Andalusia Hall of Fame football game.

The Bulldog team has not beaten the alumni team in the game’s history.

For AHS Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Johnson, the game was a good one.

“Just another one bites the dust,” he said. “We just enjoy it every year.”

Johnson is the uncle of University of Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson.

During the inductee’s senior season (1977) at AHS, he rushed for 2,200 yards, setting records with the high school and the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Andalusia attorney John Jones said.

Johnson also played on two championship teams for Andalusia during his time on the field.

The alumni got off to a roaring start in the first quarter with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Wells to Leslie James at the 7:30 mark.

On the Bulldogs’ first possession of the night, quarterback Adam Zelensky connected on an 8-yard pass to Terrance Anderson to equalize the game at seven points with less than four minutes left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs advanced to a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter mysteriously.

Later in the second quarter, the Bulldogs were ahead 20-9 at one point, but the alumni kept clawing their way back.

By half time, the alumni scored two touchdowns and had one interception. Each interception was three points.

The alumni took a 29-20 lead at half time.

After a quick water break, the teams hit the field again, where the Bulldogs only managed to score on their first possession of the second half.

Zelensky connected with Robert Woodall on a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Then, the alumni took a 37-26 lead when Wells threw to Aaron Norris from 11 yards out with 8:48 left in the third quarter.

Circuit Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short took over for Wells at quarterback, and put up a 15-yard pass to Major Parker to help the alumni take a 43-26 lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter.

The alumni chalked up another 12 points on interceptions to win the game outright in the final quarter, as the game was ticking down to zero.

Johnson will be one of five inductees to be inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame tonight at the first AHS Quarterback Club Football Hall of Fame banquet at the Kiwanis Community Center.

In addition, the Andalusia Quarterback/Booster Club will induct the 1958-59 championship team into the AHS Hall of Fame.