Bulldogs prep for dual threat

Published 12:01 am Friday, September 9, 2011

What do you get when you put an athletic quarterback and a big tight end together on one team?

St. James’ junior quarterback C.J. Duncan and senior tight end Wilson Adams.

Andalusia will play host to the Trojans in region action tonight, and Bulldogs head coach Brian Seymore said Duncan is a “top-notch athlete.”

“He’s so multi-dimensional,” Seymore said. “He can run. He can throw it. When he drops back the pass, you’ve got to make sure you do a good job with your rushing lanes, and he’s always a threat when he pulls it down. That’s probably when he’s at his worst (best) when he’s out there in open field.”

On Adams, Seymore said the 6-foot-4, 195-pound player is the perfect target for Duncan.

“That causes a match up problem for us,” he said. “We don’t have that size on the outside for us as far as height and weight.”

But what Andalusia has is athleticism, Seymore said.

“It’s really the jumping contest,” Seymore said about the pass coverage. “(Adams) has a big stature and a big frame. He can use that. When they choose to pass, we’ve got to pass rush, and make him throw shorter routes.”

The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 in Class 4A, Region 2) are coming off a 26-7 region win over Alabama Christian Academy, and St. James (1-1, 1-0) beat Straughn last week 20-0 to earn its first shut out since 2004.

Seymore said the Trojans put so many players in the box last week against the Tigers, and it’s important for the defense to recognize how they are lining up this week.

“We’ve got to recognize the fronts, and we’ve got to do a good job of making sure we get the ball to our play makers,” he said. “We’ve got to block all the way around, and we’ve got to make sure we’re sound in our assignments.”

Seymore didn’t say who was going to start at quarterback this week, but said that both Michael McCalman and C.P. Rogers have the ability to make plays for the team.

The Bulldogs have been right at .500 this season so far in extra points, Seymore said.

He said point after touchdown (PAT) attempts, kick off and punt coverage are aspects of the game that still need work.

Andalusia senior Joe Flowers will not play this week because of a high ankle sprain.

Kick off tonight in Andalusia is at 7 p.m.