Andalusia romps St. James

Published 12:48 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

Andalusia's Javonte Johnson (25) and Zach Ward (14) advance down the field last week. The Bulldogs pulled out a 52-14 victory over St. James Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia pulled ahead 28-0 at the half, and the Bulldogs held St. James to 14 points in the second half to get a 52-14 region victory Friday night at home.

AHS head football coach Brian Seymore said his team’s line play was the big play-maker.

“I think our offensive and defensive lines set the tone for the whole game,” Seymore said. “Both of them came out and controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”

The Bulldogs held St. James’ C.J. Duncan and blocked tight end Wilson Adams throughout the contest.

“Our defensive coaches had a good game plan in against the Duncan kid,” Seymore said. “We sized it up a little bit. The kids on both sides of the ball did a tremendous job.

“I really challenged our kids from the start of the game, and I felt like our kids really lived up to the challenge,” he said. “They played physical and fast.”

Andalusia senior wide receiver David Mahaffey had four receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore quarterback Michael McCalman led the Bulldogs on the ground with five carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback C.P. Rogers had 19 carries for 104 yards, and was 9-of-11 for 171 yards and a touchdown in passing.

Seymore said the defense stepped up again Friday night because of St. James’ presence inside the box.

Andalusia senior linebacker Jacard Townsend led the Bulldogs in tackles with seven and two assists. He also had six carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns on offense.

Will Harrison added four tackles, Catlin Jones had three tackles and one assist and Ethan Jones had three tackles.

On extra points, Courey Hopkins was 2-of-2 for the Bulldogs.

Seymore said it’s good to be where the team is right now in region play.

“It was good to get back in front of the home crowd,” he said. “They were real enthusiastic.

“Our kids really were prepared to play,” he said. “They came out and set the tone of the game. We’re two-and-oh in region, and we have a big week for homecoming next week. I’m happy with where we’re at right now.”

Andalusia improves to 3-0 overall, and 2-0 in Class 4A, Region 2. The Bulldogs play host to Bullock County next Friday night for homecoming.