Bulldogs blast Trojans

Published 2:12 am Saturday, September 19, 2015

Andalusia’s Taylor Griffin runs around the end.  Josh Dutton/Star-News

Andalusia’s Taylor Griffin runs around the end.
Josh Dutton/Star-News

It was another big night for the Andalusia Bulldogs as they blasted St. James 42-25 last night in Montgomery.

Andalusia’s defense came up big on the first two possessions by forcing punts from the Trojans.

On the the Trojans second punt, Andalusia muffed the punt and it was recovered by St. James at the Bulldogs’ 22-yard line.

Four plays later, Blake Underwood scored from 8 yards out to put St. James on top 6-0. The extra point was no good and the Trojans led with 4:56 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs responded on the next drive, and Ethan Wilson nearly had a touchdown but he lost his balance after going 31 yards down to the Trojans’ 9-yard line. Andalusia, however, was held out of the end zone and Chase Hopkins field goal attempt was blocked by St. James.

The Bulldogs’ defense stepped up and forced the Trojans to a three-and-out on the following series.

On the second play of the Bulldogs’ next drive, Taylor Griffin connected with Jaxson Rudolph for a 34-yard pass and catch. Two plays later, Jamal Hourel took it to the house for a 19-yard score. Hopkins extra point split the uprights and the Bulldogs were up 7-6.

The Bulldog defense was on fire was again and forced another three-and-out.

Andalusia then drove the ball down the field and Wilson capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Hopkins extra point was good as the Bulldogs led 14-6 with 6:59 left in the second quarter.

Hopkins kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback, and on the Trojans’ second play of the drive Jaylon Washington came down with a tipped pass for a Bulldog interception. Washington returned the ball to the Trojans’ 10-yard line.

Three plays later, Wilson stepped into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run. Hopkins extra point put the Bulldogs up 21-6.

Hopkins’ kickoff sailed into the end zone for the third straight time for a touchback, and the Bulldog defense held the Trojans to another three-and-out.

Two plays into the Bulldogs next drive, Wilson connected with Derrick McQueen who raced 73 yards for the touchdown. The Hopkins extra point was good and the Bulldogs were up 28-6 with 3:05 left in the first half.

Another touchback from Hopkins put the Trojans on the 20-yard line, and the Bulldogs defense once again held to a three-and-out. Morris Calloway had a big stop on second down to help force the three-and-out.

With time running out in the first half, Hourel broke a 43-yard touchdown run with less than a second left on the clock. Hopkins extra point gave Andalusia a 35-6 lead.

Hopkins’ kickoff went in to the end zone for a touchback, and on the next play the Trojans fumbled the ball. Antonio Gurley picked up the fumble and raced downfield, but was finally pulled down on the 2-yard line to end the first half.

Both squads traded punts to start the third quarter before St. James came with a touchdown with 3:06 left in the third. The extra point was blocked.

A few drives later, Hourel added his third touchdown of the night with a 6-yard run. Hopkins extra point was good, and the Bulldogs led 42-12 with 9:06 left in the game.

St. James managed two more scores, the last one came on the game’s final play.

Hourel led the Bulldogs with 186 yards on 19 carries. Hopkins was 5-of-7 on kickoffs for touchbacks, and 6-for-6 on extra points.

“They had nearly everybody in the box and we still ran the ball well,” Bulldogs’ coach Trent Taylor said. “I was proud of the way we passed also. We will enjoy this one this weekend, and get after the next one starting Monday.”

Andalusia improves to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 2 play.

Next Friday, the Bulldogs will travel to Opp.