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Andalusia clinches top seed

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With a 42-24 victory over Montgomery Catholic, the Andalusia Bulldogs (8-1, 6-0) clinched the Class 4A, Region 2 regular season title, and a No. 1 seed heading into the AHSAA playoffs.

Andalusia drove down the field to start the contest, but a missed field goal left the Bulldogs with no points after one drive.

The next drive, however, the Bulldogs picked up a touchdown and they never looked back.

“We didn’t score on the first drive, but we scored on every drive after that in the first half,” Andalusia coach Trent Taylor said. “In the second half, we substituted a lot and they didn’t. They were able to score on us late in the game.”

At halftime, the Bulldogs were already out front 35-0.

“I thought we played great,” Taylor said. “We played with that same intensity that we played with last week. The starters came out and did exactly what they needed to do. It’s always good when you are able to give the younger guys a lot of playing time, and they got some valuable experience tonight. It was a good night for the Bulldogs.”

Andalusia has relied heavily on the run this season, and had another strong rushing performance again, but Taylor said he was impressed with his quarterbacks tonight.

“Taylor (Griffin) and Ethan (Wilson) threw the ball really well tonight,” Taylor said. “We didn’t throw the ball a lot, but when we did they were very effective.”

Wilson had two touchdown passes on the night, one to B.J. Anderson for 5 yards, and one to Derrick McQueen for 29 yards.

Griffin also threw a touchdown on a 28-yard pass to Jaden Brown.

Andalusia’s Jamal Hourel also had another big night, as he picked up 156 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Hourel now has 1,743 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.

Chase Hopkins was 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts, and 5-of-7 kickoffs go in the end zone for touchbacks.

“We played good in all aspects tonight,” Taylor said. “The most impressive thing, though, was how we came out and went right to work and did what we needed to do.”

Andalusia will be back at home next week for the final game of the regular season against cross-county rival Straughn.