AHS ‘fired up,’ ready for tonight

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 5, 2013

Andalusia is fired up about its area soccer game tonight at Charles Henderson in Troy, Bulldogs coach Tim Ramsden said.

The Bulldogs and Trojans will spar in a crucial area contest that could inevitably decide who be crowned area champions.

AHS and CHHS are undefeated in Class 1A-4A, Area 2, as of today. On the season overall, Andalusia is 9-1 after suffering its firsts loss of the season Tuesday night to Mary Montgomery. Charles Henderson is 8-2-1, according to its record on the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s website.

Not only are the Bulldog players “fired up,” Ramsden said he is as well.

“It’s a must win,” the coach said. “The players are very fired up. With the history between us and Charles Henderson, I expect them to be fired up, too.

“Expect fireworks (tonight),” he said.

In Andalusia’s first unofficial season in 2012, CHHS handed the Bulldogs two losses — 9-0 at Troy and 4-2 in Andalusia.

This season, the Trojans squad returns a team that graduated a few, but is still loaded with seven seniors, Ramsden said.

Andalusia has 10 seniors on its team, but “obviously, we don’t play them all.”

“I think they’re going to be a very physical team that has really good technique,” Ramsden said. “They should be pretty good.”

At recent practices for AHS, the Bulldogs have been focusing on decreasing the size of their touches.

CHHS has a much smaller field than AHS, and practicing indoors for the last couple of days will help, Ramsden said.

“There are a lot of small touches needed,” he said. “The indoor facility (at AHS) lends itself for that. For the last week and a half, practices have been that way.”

Overall, Ramsden said he’s ready to go tonight, where the match is slated to begin at 6.

“I’m fired up for tomorrow,” he said. “We want to get (the are championship game) here. If we win up there, then we’re in the driver’s seat.”