Tough slate for county teams (Throwback Thursday)

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015


Editor’s Note: This article is part of our “Throwback Thursday” series. This article is from our Sept. 29, 1995 files.

Two big questions surround Andalusia’s game with Charles Henderson in Troy.

First, can Andalusia eliminate the mistakes that cost them the game against Hillcrest last week?

Second, can the Bulldogs’ defense slow down the Trojans’ running attack?

If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then the Bulldogs could be looking at their second win of the year.

If not, it could be another long week of practice for Richard Robertson’s Bulldogs.

It is no secret that the Trojans are going to rely on their running game for the vast majority of their offense, but that would appear to play right into Andalusia’s hands.

Defense appears to be the Bulldogs’ team strength, and they can come up with more turnovers than the Bulldog offense gives up, it won’t be a happy homecoming for the Trojans.

I’m betting on the Andalusia defense. Andalusia 21, Charles Henderson 20.

Straughn at Florala

This is the big game in the county this week, both from a record standpoint (Straughn is 3-1, while Florala is 4-0), and based on the importance in the 2A, Area 3 race.

A win by the fifth ranked Wildcats virtually assures them one of the two playoff spots in Area 3, while a win by the Tigers would make the race a down to the wire affair.

Talent wise, Florala holds a sizeable advantage over the Tigers. That’s not to say the Tigers don’t have a chance.

Trent Taylor’s Tigers have a great deal of quickness and heart, and I would be surprised if this game is not close until the fourth quarter when Florala’s size should begin to take over.

In a game closer than the score indicates: Florala 28, Straughn 13.

Opp at Greenville

Up until last week I thought Opp might have taken over as the team to beat in 5A, Area 4, but with its loss to 3A Elba I think the Bobcats still have some growing to do.

The defending 5A state champions have had their problems this year, but most of it has to do with a brutal schedule.

I expect Greenville to reassert its dominance in Area 4 tonight with a win over the Bobcats, but it won’t be easy. Greenville 30, Opp 21.

Goshen at Red Level

Someone has got to get in the column after this game when the 0-4 Goshen Eagles take on the 0-4 Red Level Tigers.

Johnny Odom has tried everything to make up for the huge losses his squad has faced because of injuries.

Last week against Florala looked like he might have finally found some answers before the Wildcats came back in the second half, to take control of the game.

Even with the improvements, I’m not sure a team as small as Red Level was to begin with can overcome the number of setbacks they have faced. Goshen 21, Red Level 14.