Andy routs Wilcox

Published 1:09 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

Andalusia's James Montgomery rushes for a gain Friday night.

CAMDEN — Andalusia came in a more focused football team, executed better and rolled to a 41-0 region victory over Central Wilcox on Friday night at Camden Field.

The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 in Class 4A, Region 1) scored three touchdowns — two offensive and one defensive — in the first quarter alone, and added two more passing scores in the second quarter to take a 34-0 halftime lead.

Since the game was out of hand for the winless Jaguars, the game had eight-minute, second half quarters, where AHS added one additional touchdown rush.

AHS head football coach Brian Seymore said the players were more focused this week after a dismal 9-6 homecoming loss to Clarke County last week.

“There’s no doubt (they were focused),” Seymore said. “We really didn’t do a whole lot on offense and defense. We just ran our basic plays and really looked more to execution.”

One added plus was that Andalusia got the chance to play second and third string players for the latter part of the first half and most of the second.

“We had the ability to play a lot of people because we have a lot of injuries,” Seymore said. “Hopefully, we can get folks healed up for next week because going to UMS-Wright, I think we’ve got everything to gain because it’s not really going to take us out of the playoffs picture.

“It’s going to allow us to really, really try and see how we match up against probably one of the top, if not the top 4A program in the state,” he said.

The Jaguars looked like the young team that they are right from the start.

Wilcox Central fumbled the ball on the kick-off return and Andalusia got the ball at the Jags’ 10-yard line.

Then, Andalusia running back James Montgomery ran the ball all the way to the two yard line and the ball popped out of his hands and it landed in offensive lineman Blake Hostetter’s mits, who then rushed one yard for the first score of the night.

The Bulldogs, who stepped up their game on defense, especially, outplayed the Jaguars’ offensive front.

Pressure from the likes of Sam Byrd, Montell Lee and Eric Dorsey sent the Jaguars in a frenzy at times.

On a third-and-three play, Wilcox’s quarterback dropped back, but pressure from Byrd sent the ball scuttling on the worn grass, where Andalusia’s Terrance Lane recovered the fumble. Lane originally went into score, but a blocking in the back call said otherwise.

Wilcox stepped it up a little on its defense during the next offensive series, and AHS set up a 35-yard field goal try for freshman Chase Hopkins. Hopkins missed, but made up for it on extra point attempts, where he finished 5-for-5 for the night.

After stopping the Jaguars on second down during the next series, Dorsey got a pick-six to put the Bulldogs up 13-0.

AHS corner back Hiren Patel picked off a pass on the Jaguars’ next offensive series with 3:57 left in the first half and the Bulldogs got a chance to send in a few of their junior varsity squad.

Devante Jackson got an 8-yard rush on the first play of the drive and senior starter Zach Ward rushed in from nine yards for a TD with 0.0 left in the first quarter.

“I’m proud of the kids coming to get the ‘W,’ but we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us on both sides of the ball,” Seymore said. “You want to be your best at week 10. Being at week eight, I’m hoping to get better with each week. I felt like our defense did a good job.”

Andalusia senior quarterback Michael McCalman found Keontya Johnson for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 6:02 left in the second quarter, and back up QB Brayden Burkhardt connected with Trevor Parker on a 54-yard passing score a few minutes later to put the Bulldogs ahead 34-0 going into half time.

AHS added a 31-yard TD scamper with 7:04 left in the fourth by McCalman, who ran up the middle for the final score of the night.

When the game was over, Seymore was stressing to his kids that the start of “next week” began on Friday night, noting that the coaches have been working hard on looking at film on UMS-Wright.

“I really talked to our kids at how important (next week) was,” he said. “We’ve already been working on (UMS-Wright) on both sides of the ball. As coaches, we’ve watched a lot of tape on them because they’re a quality football team. It’s going to take a great performance to beat a team like UMS.

“It’s a golden opportunity for our program,” he said. “We’ve got nothing to lose.”