Bulldogs to face Headland in final region contest

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 21, 2011

Andalusia’s Joe Flowers (35) and Daniel Henderson (11) make a tackle last week against Ashford.

Like Ashford last week, the Andalusia Bulldogs will face a Headland team tonight that likes to “spread it out” on offense, head football coach Brian Seymore said.

“They run more of a true passing attack,” Seymore said. “They’ve got some good speed and size on them.

“We’ve got to do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback (Aaron Sanders) and making sure he doesn’t change (from the throw) and gets tackled.”

The Bulldogs (8-0, 6-0 in Class 4A, Region 2) are coming off a 31-22 region win over the Yellow Jackets in which they won the region title. Andalusia will play host to its first round of the playoffs on Nov. 4.

Offensively this week, Seymore said the team needs to keep doing what it always does just about every week — keep the ball on the ground.

“We need to keep the ground attack,” he said. “We need to keep the clock running and their offense off the field.”

Having said that, Seymore said the Bulldogs have a good “defensive plan” in place.

“We’ll try to mix up the coverages a little bit,” he said. “It just comes down to making plays. The defensive backs will have a choice to either make the tackle or break up the ball (on a pass). You can put a player with speed in a lot of space.

“We make sure we do a good job of space-covering receivers,” he said.

Sanders, running back Adrian Galloway and Joseph Wesson are three players for Headland the Bulldogs will try and keep in check tonight.

But, in the end, Seymore said it goes back to the quarterback.

“He gives the offense the best way possible to score,” he said. “If we load the box, then they’ll throw it, and if we don’t, they’ll run it. It’s a tough scheme to prepare for.

“We’ll definitely mix it up a little bit,” he said. “We’ve got to do a good job of giving different looks before the play starts.”

The reason why giving Headland different looks on defense before the play starts is because the Rams like to do a lot of “freeze,” Seymore said.

Seymore said the freeze is when Headland will act like they are about to snap, and stop to look back at the sideline for another play to allow the Rams’ coaching staff to figure out what defense the Bulldogs are bringing. He added that “disguising” the defense will be a big key this week.

In last week’s victory over the Yellow Jackets, Andalusia held a 25-8 half time lead, and were outscored 14-6 in the second half.

Seymore said Andalusia will have to do a better job “finishing” the game tonight.

“There are a lot of things we want to accomplish as as team,” he said. “We want to finish the regular season undefeated, and in the region undefeated.

“Headland’s definitely a quality opponent,” he said. “We’re taking them very seriously. It’ll be two teams coming together with good athletes. We’ve got to make sure we’re on top of tour game.”

Kick off at J.J. Yarborough Stadium in Headland is at 7 tonight.

Injury update: Andalusia center Quincy Thomas will not play in tonight’s game because of a high ankle sprain injury, Seymore said. Thomas received the injury in the first half of last week’s game. Tyler Raines will take over duties at the center position, and Catlin Jones will move to right guard this week.