Andalusia rolls past Trinity in home-opener

Published 12:38 am Saturday, August 27, 2016

B.J. Anderson hauls in a 27-yard touchdown from Ethan Wilson.

B.J. Anderson hauls in a 27-yard touchdown from Ethan Wilson.

The Andalusia Bulldogs (2-0) fought their way to a 25-6 victory over the Trinity Wildcats Friday night on Senior Night in Andalusia.

Andalusia got the ball to start the game and quickly marched down the field for a touchdown.

Derrick McQueen made a diving catch on a third-and-10 play that kept the Bulldogs’ opening drive alive.

Jamal Hourel capped the nine-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs elected to go for two and Ethan Wilson connected with Allan George to put Andalusia on top 8-0 with 8:19 left in the opening period.

On the Wildcats’ opening drive, the Bulldog defense gave up a pair of first downs, but forced Trinity to punt. KeShun Townsend made a big play when he batted a pass down at the line of scrimmage.

Cameo Stoudemire ripped through the line of scrimmage on the first play of Andalusia’s second possession, but Trinity forced the Bulldogs to punt three plays later.

After the punt, Trinity connected on 22-yard pass to move into Andalusia territory, and the next play picked up another first down.

The Bulldog defense stepped up with a big tackle from TreMayne Stoudemire for no gain. Riley Graham broke up a pass on the next play and Antonio Gurley made a big stop on a third-and-five play.

On the fourth down play, Andalusia’s Kendrick Brown appeared to make a great pass breakup, but the officials thought differently and flagged the Bulldogs for pass interference.

After the fresh set of downs put Trinity inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line, Andalusia’s defense once again ramped up the intensity. Gurley made a punishing tackle three yards in the backfield to help force a field goal from the Wildcats.

The two teams traded punts and then with seven minutes before halftime Wilson connected with B.J. Anderson on 27-yard touchdown pass-and-catch. Wain Yongkuma tacked on the extra-point to give Andalusia a 15-3 advantage.

Andalusia’s defense continued ramp up the pressure and George picked off a pass from Trinity’s Tony Trotman and returned it into Wildcat territory.

Trinity forced a turnover on downs on Andalusia’s next possession and then added a 35-yard field goal with 2:12 left before halftime.

The Bulldogs drove down the field before halftime and Kiki Wain drilled a 28-yard field goal as time ran out to give Andalusia an 18-6 lead at halftime.

After Trinity took over following on their own 6-yard line on punt from Wilson, the Bulldog defense went to work once again.

A host of Bulldogs dropped the Wildcats’ quarterback for a 2-yard loss on the final play of third quarter.  On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs ripped out the football and Tyquise Jenkins scooped it up for Andalusia on the 1-yard line.

The Bulldogs need just play for Gurley to pound it into the end zone, and the extra-point gave Andalusia a 25-6 lead with 11:52 left in the game.

Andalusia’s defense forced two more punts in the final quarter to give the Bulldogs a 25-6 victory.

“We started off sluggish, but we have been that way all week,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “We have to figure out how to respond after a game like last week, and I know we will. Trinity played hard and they are good team. Our defense tonight did a tremendous job holding them to just two field goals.”