Keeping focused

Published 10:26 am Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Focusing on finishing.

That’s the name of the game for the Andalusia Bulldogs this week, as they play host to region opponent Headland, head coach Brian Seymore said Tuesday.

“We made it so far this year undefeated in region play, and that’s a goal of ours — to finish the region undefeated and be the outright champions,” he said. “It’s important to us, and we’re going to go out there and be prepared to do that.”

Last Friday night, the Bulldogs (7-1, 6-0 in Class 4A, Region 2) claimed the region title with a 21-20 win over the Ashford Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs came back from a 14-0 deficit, and scored three additional touchdowns compared to Ashford’s one for the victory.

This week, the Rams (4-4, 2-4) will bring with them senior quarterback Jahwon Williams, who Seymore said he is definitely concerned with because of his “versatility.”

“He’ll be the most versatile kid we’ve faced all year, including the quarterbacks from St. James (C.J. Duncan) and Hillcrest-Evergreen (Justin Nared) and with Josh (Dewrell) at Straughn,” he said. “I was very impresed with the guy at Ashford (James Gardner).”

Seymore said Headland likes to run the zone and spread attack on offense, which plays well with Williams, who likes to run outside.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep him in the pocket because he does a good job when he gets outside of the pocket,” Seymore said. “He always keeps his eyes down field.”

Now that Andalusia will be hosting the first round of the playoffs next month, Seymore said keeping the players focused on one game at a time is important.

“It’s business as usual,” he said about practice. “We’re practicing, and putting a few new things here and there. We know Headland’s going to come in and give us their best game, there’s no doubt.

“We already wrapped up the region as far as seeding wise as the No. 1, and they’re going to give us their best game,” he said. “I know coach Micah Johnson, he’s a first year coach at Headland and has done a good job over there.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Injury update

Andalusia back up quarterback Deion Akins will be wearing a brace on his non-throwing hand (left) after tearing ligaments earlier this season. Starting quarterback Adam Zelensky will start for the Bulldogs this week. Akins will see some playing time if he is needed, Seymore said.

On an even better note for the Bulldogs, Seymore said Omar Feagin and Terrence Lane have been cleared to play after suffering injuries earlier this season. In addition, Seymore said Niguel Jones will also be able to play when he gets a brace for his shoulder. Sophomore linebacker Ethan Jones has been running drills at practice, but has been held from full contact, Seymore said.

Seymore said players coming back from injuries at this point of the season is “good timing.”

“It’s very good timing,” he said. “We’ve got to take care of the injuries we have now — the nicks and bruises we have now. But, it’s actually pretty good timing to get some of these kids back.”