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Andy shuts out Union Springs

UNION SPRINGS — Thwack!

Andalusia’s Johnnie Jones (45) and Lakelyus “Fat Head” Adams take down a Bullock County player.

The Andalusia Bulldogs squashed the Hornets in a 47-0 road region victory Friday night.

“I’m just happy with the way we came out tonight,” AHS coach Brian Seymore said. “We set the tone early. We challenged these guys to do that before the game, and they did. They were very physical, and we knocked some balls loose and got some turnovers and capitalized on them.”

Andalusia (4-0, 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 2) scored six touchdowns in the first half alone, and added one more in the second when the second string offense came out to play.

Andalusia’s defense had another good night Friday night, holding the Hornets to only 72 yards on offense in the first half.

On the Hornets’ first offensive series, the Bulldogs held them to a three-and-out to get the game started on the right track.

Andalusia senior quarterback Adam Zelensky sneaked into the end zone from two yards out for his team’s first score of the night. The extra point attempt was no good from Courey Hopkins.

On Andalusia’s kick next off, the Hornets (0-4, 0-3) fumbled the ball on a big hit to give possession back to the Bulldogs with 9:12 left in the first quarter.

Andalusia took advantage of having the ball when running back Carlos Luckie scampered four yards for a score with 7:12 left in the first. Hopkins made the extra point attempt to put the Bulldogs up 13-0.

Seymore said the main goal was to get a win, and leave with no injuries in preparation for next week’s home contest against T.R. Miller.

“We’ve got an excellent football team in T.R. Miller coming to town,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of tradition, and they’re very, very solid. Coach (Jamie) Riggs will have his team ready to go. We’ll definitely have a good plan, and have a solid week of practice and be ready to go.”

The Bulldogs tacked on another touchdown with 1:36 left in the first quarter on a 34-yard touchdown carry from Derrick King. King rushed 123 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns in the first half.

Hopkins’ extra point attempt was good. Hopkins finished the night 4-of-6.

Bullock County didn’t get very far on its next offensive series when on a first down play, Andalusia’s Lexius Bradley recovered a fumble from the 34-yard line.

To start the second quarter, Andalusia executed a three play, 30-yard drive for a touchdown to put the game out of reach for the Hornets.

King scored his second touchdown from eight yards out, and Hopkins made the extra point.

Things didn’t go the Hornets’ way Friday night when on their next offensive series, Andalusia’s Quadree Robertson was on the other end of a pass from Bullock County’s Gregory Junior for an interception.

Andalusia didn’t score a touchdown for the first time in the first half on its next offensive series, when Zelensky couldn’t connect on a pass.

But, the Bulldogs picked up and dusted themselves off when Andalusia’s Samuel Byrd recovered a fumble on a sack by Jacard Townsend.

Townsend then met Zelensky in the end zone from 30 yards out for a score with 4:59 left in the first half.

Hopkins’ extra point attempt was blocked, and that put the Bulldogs ahead 33-0.

Bullock County couldn’t do much on its next drive, so Andalusia took over with 1:13 left in the first half, and took advantage, placing Deion Akins at the driver’s seat.

Akins connected with Victor Benson with 14.4 seconds left for a four-yard touchdown.

In the first half, Zelenskey was 1-of-2 for 30 yards and one touchdown. Townsend and Benson had one reception each for a touchdown.

Akins was 2-of-2 for 28 yards and one touchdown.

Given the score at the start of the second half, the game resumed with eight-minute quarters.

By sending the second-string in, in the second half, the Bulldogs secured the win on a nine-yard rush from C.P. Rogers, who scored on an option play.

“I’m very happy with our young guys, but we’ve got our work ahead of us,” Seymore said. “You’ve got a pretty good stretch coming up in T.R. Miller, Hillcrest-Evergreen and Straughn. Not only have you got to be mentally prepared, but you’ve got to be physically prepared for the second half of the season.”