Bulldogs set sights on Monroe Co.

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 7, 2012

Andalusia’s Keonta Hunter (3) gets a block from Austin Leverington last week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia quickly put to bed its 16-14 victory over rival Straughn a week ago and the Bulldogs set their sights on the next opponent — Monroe County.

In their home-opener, the Bulldogs will face a MCHS football team, which likes to run the triple option on a spread offense.

AHS head football coach Brian Seymore said MCHS is a lot different than Straughn.

“They more fit the mold of Jackson,” Seymore said.

At the helm of the Tigers’ offense is Tytus Howard, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound hoss who likes to run the ball, the coach said.

“He’s a good runner, a good thrower,” Seymore said. “He’s definitely a guy we’re concerned about defensively. He’s a guy that makes them go.

“We want to try to take him away from the offense as much as we can,” he said. “We hope we can get them one-dimensional.”

Stopping the run, getting some passing downs and showing some blitzing schemes are a top priority tonight, Seymore said.

“Luckily,” he said, “we’ve played a team like Jackson that gives us more of a familiar look offensively. Some of the sets are the same and some of the plays are the same. So, we’ve got a chance to look at it. It’s going to be a challenge, especially with the Howard kid.”

Monroe County’s defense is led by its secondary, who plays behind a 4-3 formation.

“Offensively, our deal is that we’re going to establish the run,” Seymore said.

With this being the first game of Class 4A, Region 1 play, Seymore said getting off to a good start is crucial.

“I really think the teams that win the first region game have that much of an upper hand of making the playoffs,” he said. “We have to be prepared to play four quarters at the start of the game. We need to press the issue.”

The big issue last week was fighting to come back from a 14-0 deficit.

It was an emotional game, Seymore said, but “we’ve got to put it behind us. As nice as the win was, it’s not nearly as important as this game (tonight), for both teams.”

Kick off tonight in Andalusia is at 7.