Sense of urgency

Published 12:05 am Friday, October 10, 2014

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Andalusia’s Derrick Dorsey runs for a gain against Opp two weeks ago. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andy Bulldogs to visit Headland tonight

Andalusia’s going to play with a sense of urgency tonight when the Bulldogs pay a visit to Headland in region action.

Tonight’s matchup is a key Class 4A, Region 2 game for AHS because the playoff landscape will come more into focus.

“We talked about having a sense of urgency,” Bulldogs head football coach Brian Seymore said. “These last three (region) games (against HHS, Montgomery Catholic and Straughn) are important, as far as playoff seeding. We’re going to take them one game at a time. Headland’s next, and we’ve got to go over there (tonight) with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and play well.”

Right now, Andalusia sits at 3-4 overall, and 2-2 in the region. Headland is 1-5. The Bulldogs will need to win the next two games to be able to clinch a postseason berth, and that’s what the talk is from coach to player, Seymore said.

“We’ve got to get in first,” he said. “That’s what we have to tell our kids. Without this game, the odds are very much against us. That’s how important it is. We have to look no further than Headland.”

In order to beat the Rams, the Bulldogs will have to shore up their penalties and score more points. AHS had five holding penalties in its 34-6 win over Bullock County last week for homecoming.

“As far as headland, they’re going to give us a lot of different looks,” the coach said. “They’re based out of multiple fronts. They tend to run a 40 front with four or three-down linemen. We’re not really as concerned about the front. We’ve to to take care of our plays. That’s our main concern there.”

Joshua Bradford is Headland’s quarterback. Bradford will run the offense more out of the “I” formation with running back Dantrell Lindor leading the pack on the ground.

The Rams quarterback is lethal in the air at times as he has compiled 475 yards. Lindor has accumulated 355 yards so far this season.

Jimmy Spann is Headland’s target on the wing as he has recored seven receptions for 197 yards and a score.

“He’s their go to guy,” Seymore said about Spann. “We ned to know where he’s at. He makes plays in space. We’ve got to do a good job of hemming him up. He moves a round a lot on offense, and we’ve got to do a god job of making sure we know where he’s at.”

Offensively for Andalusia, the Bulldogs are going to try and pass more, Seymore said, adding that the defense must be in their right spots on the field.

“We want to get better in our passing game, and we want to be better at the end of the year when it counts,” the coach said. “Defensively, for us, they’ve been a primarily spread team. As of late, they’ve ran some ‘I’ formation; a little power game.

“I feel like (Headland head football) coach (Micah) Johnson does a good job, and he’s already been a spread guy,” he said. “They’ll try to spread us out a little bit, so we’ve got to do a good job in space and we’ve got to tackle well.”

Kick off tonight in Headland is at 7.