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Bulldogs ready for Charles Henderson (Throwback Thursday)

Joe Cope encourages his teammates during a kickoff.

Joe Cope encourages his teammates during a kickoff.

Editor’s note: This article is part of our “Throwback Thursday” series. This article is from our Oct. 25, 2001 files.

Going into Friday night’s game against the Charles Henderson (Troy) Trojans, Andalusia head coach Paul Woolley said he will not know the full impact of the last Friday night’s region loss to Clarke County until the contest kicks off.

Woolley expects the Bulldogs to take the loss to heart and come out on the gridiron determined, but after two days of practice it remains to be seen how the players will respond.

“I promise you we are just going to have find that out Friday night,” he said.

What he does know is that the Bulldogs will have to play to the best of their ability against the Class 5A Trojans (7-1).

The Bulldogs showed how good they can be at the start of the game against Clarke County building a 14-0 first quarter lead before allowing the game to get out of reach.

Woolley said the Bulldogs will have to play Friday night’s game with that same level of focus and intensity for four quarters.

“We just have to rally, come back this week and play hard because we are playing a good football team,” Woolley said.

He said the running game has to return to the style of play that helped the Bulldogs move the ball early in the season. The running backs, offensive line and the entire team have to execute.

“Our running game has to be better,” Woolley said. “We have to get back to how we were running the ball against T.R. Miller, Hillcrest and Bibb County.”

An ability to run the ball is vital because the Bulldogs need to keep the Trojan offense off the field by eating up the clock, Woolley said.

Charles Henderson head coach Hugh Fountain said the Bulldogs are a tough opponent and on the Trojans will have to be ready for in order to have a chance to win.

“The biggest thing you have to get ready for when you play Andalusia is that they are fundamentally sound,” Fountain said.

He also said the Andalusia-Charles Henderson game is one that win-loss records do not mean much.

“When they play us you can pretty much throw everything out the window,” Fountain said. “It is usually a real close game. We just have to go in, not make any mistakes and play hard.”

The Trojans have four running backs who rotate in and out on offense along with two quarterbacks. Fountain said no one player stands out and everyone must perform.

“We really don’t have a star player,” he said. “We really just have a lot of players who have contributed for us.”

Andalusia’s offense worries Fountain because of the multiple sets they use.

“They get in a lot of different formations and we have to be able to recognize them,” he said. “We have to tackle their backs because they run hard.

“The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win the ball game,” Fountain added.

Injuries continue to haunt the Bulldogs going into the game with Austin Caffey and Drew Gable sidelined. Josh Johnson, Richard Justice and Joe Cope are also injured but will continue to play hurt.

Woolley said Johnson and Justice will be factors in the game.

“Johnson is good to go and it’s the same thing with Justice,” Woolley said. “They have to work through injuries and they have done that.”

Joe Cope has also worked through injuries and has been a key player for the Bulldogs.

“Joe Cope has played a lot of defense for us and has played good defense,” Woolley said.

The game is the final home game of the regular season for the Andalusia seniors with a road game against rival Opp Bobcats set for next week.