Team improvement

Published 12:02 am Friday, October 25, 2013

Andalusia’s Montel Lee (46), Quinton Maddox (43) and Trevor Parker (2) pull down UMS-Wright’s Gunner Roach (14) last week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Montel Lee (46), Quinton Maddox (43) and Trevor Parker (2) pull down UMS-Wright’s Gunner Roach (14) last week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia bounced back from a tough 29-8 loss to top-ranked UMS-Wright last week and is now ready to take on the Escambia County Blue Devils tonight at its Municipal Stadium.

AHS head football coach Brian Seymore said his players came to work on Monday.

“I was pretty happy with their response,” Seymore said. “Our kids bounced back pretty quick. I think as coaches and players, we don’t feel like we played our best game (against UMS-Wright).

“For whatever reason, things didn’t seem to go our way,” he said. “I think they understand that adjustments have to be made, especially on their mental approach to the game.

“That’s where we’ve got to get a little tougher at,” he said.

Seymore said being strong in between the ears will help in the postseason. AHS is the No. 2 seed going into the Class 4A state playoffs, and will host Childersburg in the first round.

Tonight, Andalusia will be facing a young and one-win team in the Blue Devils. ECHS won its first game on Oct. 11 against Monroe County.

This week, Seymore said the team has been primarily focusing on itself.

“I haven’t looked at a lot of film on Escambia County,” he said. “I’m really more worried about us, than per say what they do. I know they have a really talented quarterback in Chris Johnson. I know he’s got a lot of young players around him, and they’ve struggled some this year. I’m looking more at us trying to get back on the right track and executing better on both sides of the ball.”

In order to stay front and center on both sides of the ball this week, Andalusia had to tweak a few things, the coach said.

Andalusia is known for its run game, but the Bulldogs are looking to be more balanced as they host the Blue Devils tonight and then Class 6A Fairhope next week, to end the regular season.

“Offensivley, we’ve got to do a better job,” Seymore said. “We cut the playbook back a lot and are doing things we do well. Everybody is committing everybody in the box, and we’ve got to mix it up better to run the passing game.

“Defensively, it’s just trusting your keys and running to the football, and doing a good job tackling,” he said.

Seymore said all of the mistakes the players made last week are correctable.

“I think a lot of the players just did their own thing and it cost them,” he said. “I feel like our kids understand that this is a big game because these next two games aren’t going to change any bearing on the playoffs. We’re the No. 2 seed and we’re going to host the first round.

“What we’re using these next two weeks for is getting ready for our playoff game against Childersburg,” he said.

Kick off tonight is at 7.