Bulldogs look to extend winning streak

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 2, 2015


The Andalusia Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0) will look to lock up a playoff spot tonight when they travel to Union Springs to take on the Bullock County Hornets (1-4, 0-3) for a Class 4A, Region 2 contest.

It’s been all Andalusia in the previous match ups, with the Bulldogs winning all six contests including a 34-6 thrashing a year ago.

“It’s a long way to go,” Bulldogs’ head coach Trent Taylor said. “From a record standpoint, they haven’t had the year they would have hoped for, but they have enough athletes in that offense that they can be scary. If one of our guys slips in covering, they can make something happen.”

The Bulldogs enter the contest on four-game win streak and will look to extend it against the Hornets, who come into the game with a four-game losing streak.

“They have new coach this year and his is trying to get things turned around,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, it won’t be this week. We just have to focus on us this week and do the things we do well. We have four region games here in a row, and the kids have done a great job of putting us in a position to reach the playoffs. We just don’t want to have any slip ups here.”

Taylor said when the Hornets are on offense that they like to spread the ball around, but have the size to run up the middle.

“Despite their record, they are not a bad football team,” Taylor said. “They are big up front, in fact they are probably as big up front as anybody we have seen this year. They’re going to come out in a spread formation, and they want to throw the ball. Last week, though, they ran double wing out of the spread and ran the ball a good bit. I think that will be something they try to do.”

Taylor said that the Bulldogs would continue to run the same style defense that has gotten them this far.

“We are going to keep with the same defense,” Taylor said. “Biggest thing is to make sure the kids are aware of what their favorite formation to run out of is, and what their favorite formation to throw out of is.”

On defense, Taylor said that the Hornets will show multiple fronts, and like to bring pressure.

“We think they are based out of a 3-stack, but they will move around to different fronts,” Taylor said.

This time of year, Taylor said that the Bulldogs must be able to pass the better than the have, and that they will try that some tonight.

“In this part of the year, we have to start throwing the ball more efficiently,” Taylor said. “That is going to be something we try to do in this game.”

The Bulldogs will also be looking for another big game from their stout offensive line and running back Jamal Hourel. Hourel has more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns during the Bulldogs first six games of the season.

Despite being limited to the indoor facility for the first part of the week, Taylor said that the Bulldogs had a successful week of practice.

“It was a pretty good week of practice, not the best,” Taylor said. “The kids were focused and aren’t taking this game lightly. We had a little different approach this week and worked more on fundamentals. I think the change of pace helped a little bit as well.”

Kickoff between the Bulldogs and the Hornets will be at 7 p.m., in Union Springs.