Bulldogs blank Blue Devils
Published 12:05 am Saturday, September 17, 2016
In front of full house, the Andalusia Bulldogs put on a clinic as the rolled Class 4A, Region 1 opponent Escambia County for a 54-0 victory Friday night for homecoming in Andalusia.
“I was pleased with the way the kids handled the whole situation,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “Atmore is a little down this year, but we didn’t let that affect the way we played the game. We challenged our guys to come in, handle business and let some of the younger guys get a chance. We did exactly that tonight.”
Escambia County started the night with football, but the Bulldogs quickly forced a three-and-out.
On the Escambia County punt attempt, the punter dropped the ball and was hammered by a host of Bulldogs on the Andalusia 5-yard line.
The Bulldogs needed just one play from Zach Woods to scamper in from 3 yards out to put Andalusia on top. Kiki Wain tacked on the extra point to give Andalusia a 7-0 lead with 9:25 left in the opening quarter.
Andalusia’s defense was swarming again on the next Escambia County possession and forced another three-and-out.
This time on the punt Trevey Stoudemire shot through and blocked the attempt. Brandon Ritter scooped up the ball and gave Andalusia possession on their own 12-yard line.
Andalusia quarterback Ethan Wilson put the Bulldogs in the end zone when he connected with Grant Holley on 12-yard touchdown.
The Bulldog defense wasn’t letting up and Antonio Gurley came up with a big hit in the backfield to start Escambia County’s next possession.
Gurley and the Bulldog defense forced a third-straight three-and-out from Escambia County.
After regaining possession, the Bulldogs used just three plays to find the end zone. Wilson capped the 20-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run.
Three-and-outs turned out to be common theme for the Bulldog defense as they forced a fourth-straight from the Escambia County offense. Jason Donahue had a big sack on third down to force the punt.
In the second quarter, Escambia County finally had possession that didn’t end in punt, but that’s because the Bulldog defense stepped up and forced an interception on a third-and-13 play. Pressure forced the Escambia County quarterback out of the pocket, and Andrew Dean was there waiting in the secondary for the errant pass.
The Bulldogs drove down the field and Riley Graham capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Minutes later, Sebaskin Stallworth hauled in a touchdown pass to help put Andalusia on top 34-0 in the second quarter.
Woods added another touchdown late in the half to put Andalusia up 41-0 at halftime.
Cameo Stoudemire and Garrett Davis added rushing touchdowns in the second half to help the Bulldogs to a 54-0 homecoming victory.
“It’s good to have a game like this anytime of the year, but especially for homecoming,” Taylor said. “We challenged the kids not to let the things that come with homecoming be a distraction, and we didn’t let that happen. We got a chance to get a lot of the young guys some playing time. We told the younger guys at halftime that we were putting them in there to stop Escambia County on defense and put points on the board on offense. They did just that and I was very proud to see them accomplish that.”
The Bulldogs will travel to Opp next Friday for a non-region match with the Bobcats.