Seymore: ‘I’m looking for a four-quarter effort’

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 1, 2010

Andalusia’s Keontae Freeney (52) tackles T.R. Miller’s Anthony Herbert last week. The Bulldogs will face Hillcrest-Evergreen in region play for their homecoming game tonight. Andalusia is 4-1 overall, and 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 2. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The only thing Andalusia coach Brian Seymore said he would like to see from his team this week for homecoming is a “complete game.”

“I’m looking for a four-quarter effort,” Seymore said Thursday. “This is the time of the year where we need to play a complete game from start to finish.”

Tonight, the Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 2) will face Hillcrest-Evergreen in a region contest set to kickoff at 7 p.m.

Andalusia is coming off a 22-6 loss to T.R. Miller, where the only scoring took place in the first half.

The Bulldogs managed only 119 yards rushing, and had trouble converting in the red zone.

In addition, Seymore said blocking the offensive game on the edge was a problem against T.R. Miller.

“I think we’ve got to go out there with a sense of urgency at the start of the game,” he said. “I think that’s what we lacked a little bit last week. I think we played pretty solid in the second half in the T.R. Miller game. On offense, we’ve got to be able to finish inside the red zone.

“We blew too many opportunities,” he said. “I think it still goes back to the little things. We’ve got to do a better job of blocking up front, and the running backs have got to trust the linemen.”

Hillcrest-Evergreen’s Justin Nared is the best player for the Jaguars, Seymore said. Nared is a four-year starter and is at the helm of a running and spread offense.

This week at practice, Seymore said the players have been focused on what they need to do to get ready for tonight, despite the homecoming activities.

“We had some things we definitely could work on and improve,” he said. “When you get players here, everything’s been normal. We’ve had a good week at practice.

“I expect our kids to come out (tonight) and put forth our best effort possible, because it’s huge game,” he said.

Seymore said the next three games will determine the region standings and who gets to play at home in the first round of the playoffs.

“Everybody’s jockying for playoff positions,” he said. “These next three weeks will play a vital role as far as seeding.”

When asked if there is anything he wants his players to do this week in comparison to last week, Seymore said they need to be more “aggressive.”

“I think the most important factor for us is to be aggressive on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We’ve got to take the game to them instead of waiting for things to happen.

“I’m excited the alumni are coming back,” he said. “Homecoming is always a good thing at Andalusia. We’ve got a lot of school pride. It’s just good to see the people come back, and share what they know of the program. We definitely want to put our best foot forward for those alumni.”