BULLDOGS BLANK TIGERS: Taylor notches career-win No. 200
Published 12:17 am Saturday, October 1, 2016
Andalusia head football coach Trent Taylor picked up his 200th career win on Friday night as the Bulldogs laid the hammer down on Thomasville for a 37-0 victory in Andalusia.
“There are a lot of people to thank that made this happen,” Taylor said of his 200th win. “I’ve had some great coaching staffs and players, and above all I’m so thankful that I have been blessed with a family that has allowed me to stay in it this long.”
The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and quickly marched down the field for a touchdown.
Bulldog quarterback Ethan Wilson started the contest with a 9-yard pass to B.J. Anderson to get the Andalusia offense off and moving.
Wilson connected with Derrick McQueen few plays later on 12-yard pass and catch to set the Bulldogs up inside the Thomasville 20-yard line.
A couple of runs from Zack Woods then put the Bulldogs on the 1-yard line, where Wilson rolled out and strolled into the end zone. The extra-point went into the back of the Bulldog offensive line, but Andalusia held a 6-0 with 8:35 left in the opening quarter.
On the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage, Antonio Gurley quickly made his presence known when he tattooed the Thomasville quarterback for no gain.
The Tigers managed a couple of first downs, but the Bulldog defense rallied to force a punt.
Andrew Holmes came up with a big hit on the Thomasville quarterback for a 2-yard loss that helped force the punt.
Wilson got the Bulldogs started with a 24-yard pass to Anderson for a quick first down.
A few players later, Wilson connected with McQueen on a quick screen for a 40-yard pickup. The Bulldog drive ended one play later on a lost fumble.
Ke’Shun Townsend came up with a big tackle for a loss on the Tigers’ following drive, and Allan George broke up a pass to force another Thomasville punt.
On the Bulldogs’ next possession, McQueen hauled in a 50-yard catch from Wilson for a first down, and then two plays later, McQueen made a diving catch in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, but Andalusia led 12-0 with 10:02 left in the first half.
Two plays into Thomasville’s next possession, the quarterback lost the football on the snap and Townsend was right there to pounce on the ball for the Bulldogs.
Andalusia quickly went 47 yards for a score behind three catches for 36 yards from Anderson. Riley Graham capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Wilson hit Anderson for the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs 20-0 lead with 6:10 left in the opening half.
The Bulldog defense continued to give the Tigers fits and a third-down sack from a host of Andalusia defenders forced another punt from Thomasville.
Andalusia didn’t need much time to find the end zone as Wilson found McQueen for a 37-yard touchdown. Kiki Wain’s extra-point put the Bulldogs on top 27-0 with 3:20 left before halftime.
The Bulldogs couldn’t add to their lead before halftime, but were up 27-0 heading into the third quarter.
Thomasville received the second half kickoff, and the Andalusia defense went right back to work by forcing another punt. William Lindsey had a big tackle behind the line and Ridge Riley came up with a sack on third down to force the punt.
Wilson scampered 24 yards on the first play for the Bulldogs in the third quarter, but that was all the yards Andalusia managed on the drive. Wain Yongkuma gave the Bulldogs three points when he knocked home a field goal from 37 yards out to put Andalusia on top 30-0 with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
Will Clark picked up a sack on Thomasville’s next possession as the Bulldogs forced another punt from the Tigers.
The Bulldogs final points of the game came in the fourth quarter when Wilson hit Anderson on a quick slant for a 7-yard touchdown. Wain’s extra point put Andalusia on top 37-0 with 4:23 left in the game.
Andalusia’s defense got tested on the next series as the Tigers drove all the way down the Bulldog 4-yard line before the Bulldogs came up with a big goal line stand.
George made a great play breaking up a third down pass, and the entire Bulldog defense stuffed the fourth down rush attempt to keep the shut out intact.
“Thomasville was a team that really scared us coming into the game,” Taylor said. “They looked very physical on film and they were tonight, but I was just proud of the way our kids responded. I think the biggest surprise tonight was the score. I didn’t expect for us to run away with and to pitch a shutout. I just can’t say enough about how our defense played tonight.”
Wilson had a strong night throwing the ball for the Bulldogs and he finished with 311 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson also added one rushing touchdown.
Woods finished with 20 carries for 125 yards.
McQueen was the big man on campus for the night as he hauled in eight passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m not surprised by the kind of night Derrick (McQueen) had,” Taylor said. “This whole group of receivers works really hard, and we know the type of talent that they have.”