BULLDOGS START STRONG: Andy youth league picks up 2 wins in opener
The Andalusia Youth Football League opened up the season with a pair of wins and a tie in Saturday’s season-opener against the Florala Youth Football League in Florala.
In the first game of the day, the mighty might Andalusia Bulldog jumped out front early and rolled to a 28-10 victory
The Bulldog mighty might offense was led Saturday by quarterback Carmello Hill. The Bulldogs struck early scoring on their first drive to take a 6-0 lead. Hill took the snap and went around the right end scampering 65 yards for the score.
The Florala Mighty Mites, who are primarily 6 year olds and in their first year of football, had a tough time slowing coach Devaris Skanes’ offense most all day. Florala did show signs of improvement as the day went on managing to score 10 points.
“I was very pleased with out effort,” Skanes said. “Florala has a good team and we didn’t take them lightly. We did learn where some weaknesses were and with what we saw, coupled with watching film, we will go back to work this week.”
Other players who made big plays for the Andalusia Mighty Mites offense on Saturday were MJ Berry, Jaylen Jackson, and Jeremiah Palmer. Defensively, the Bulldogs were led by Jackson Woods, Brayden Gunter, Martivon Carr and Thomas Turner.
The mighty might Bulldogs held off the young Wildcats for a 28-10 victory in the in first game of the day.
The game between to the Andalusia and Florala termites turned into a defensive battle that ultimately ended in a 12-12 tie.
Florala opened the contest with the football and after a big sack by Dalton Jackson on third down,
On a drive that ate up the better part of the remainder of the 1st quarter, coach Ronnie Levitzke’s offense marched down the field and scored.
The final play of the drive was a draw play by quarterback Kal Crittenden from 15 yards out. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 6-0 Bulldogs.
The Wildcats answered right back with a long drive capped off by a 20 yard run around the left end by the Florala quarterback. The two-point conversion failed which lead to a 6-6 score going into halftime.
Andalusia took the ball to open the second half and again put together a drive that took the entire quarter. The drive was fueled by big runs from AJ Johnson and Mack McIntyre.
The Bulldogs once again claimed the lead when Crittenden took the ball around the left end and went 14 yards for the score.
It didn’t take long for the Wildcat offense to strike back to tie the game 12-12.
The Bulldog offense came back onto the field, but could get nothing going against the Florala defense.
On the final play of the game, both teams nearly scored, but a wild ending left the game tied 12-12 as the final buzzer sounded.
Crittenden threw a desperation pass down field with 16 seconds left on the clock and the pass was intercepted by a Wildcat defender. The Wildcat raced down the sideline toward the Bulldog end zone. Crittenden took a great angle to the ball carrier and was able to strip the ball and looked to be headed back the other way to score. As the clock sounded, a Florala player came out of nowhere to run Crittenden down and tackle him as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
“We are still learning who we are as a team, but after Saturday night, I am confident we have a solid foundation to build on,” Levitzke said. “I was really glad to see Cade Cassady make a big catch for us in the first half and Landon Caldwell stepped up for us on defense and made a couple of really big stops. We have work to do, but we will get there.”
In the final game of the evening the Andalusia Bulldog’s pee wee team came away with a dominating 42-0 victory over Florala.
On the first play, Bulldog Linebacker Hugh Wallace Stovall broke though the line of scrimmage and stripped the football from a Florala running back. The ball was quickly recovered by Andy defensive lineman Kol Petrey setting up the Bulldog offense in Wildcat territory.
On the first offensive play, Andalusia quarterback AJ Coleman pitched the ball to wide-out Tevin Sigers on a speed sweep and Sigers went 35 yards untouched into the Wildcat end zone.
The two-point conversion was good when Coleman hit Tyler Segers with a pass in the back of the end zone making the score 8-0 Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs never looked back getting big runs in the game from J’Marion Burnett and Brad Robertson who each had a touchdown for coach Michael Jackson’s offense. Tyler Sigers also added a touchdown on a 58-yard pass from Coleman late in the first half.
With the game well in hand at halftime, Coach Michael brought in his back-up quarterback, Brunson Wilson.
After a 64-yard touchdown run from Robertson, Wilson hit Jordan Stallworth in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Offensively, Burnett had 73 yards on four carries, Tevin Sigers had 37 yards on two carries, Robertson had 70 yards on three carries and Tyler Sigers had two receptions for 60 yards.
Defensively, the Bulldogs were led by Hugh Wallace Stovall who had four tackles and a forced fumble and Kol Petrey who had three tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery. Talen Worley, Tristan Pitts, Wilson, and Collin Elmore all had two tackles each. Defensive Lineman Trey Daniels added a safety to his stat sheet also late in the fourth quarter.
“We have a lot of weapons on this team on both sides of the ball. At the same time, preparation is what we stress everyday in practice,” Jackson said. “We made some mistakes tonight, but luckily when we did, our athletic ability made up for it. We will watch film Monday and see what we need to work on. Florala is a good team, but we will see much stiffer competition. We’ve got Red Level next week and we hear they are as big and fast as we are. I think we will see what we are made of next Saturday night.”
The AYFL will take on Red Level Saturday at Crystal Springs Park. The first game is set for 5:30 p.m.