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ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE: Andalusia looks to rebound from week 1 defeat

The No. 5-ranked Andalusia Bulldogs look to rebound from a tough loss last week to Shades Valley, as they head to Montgomery tonight to take on the Trinity Wildcats.

“The kids are ready to get back out there,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “I’ve said this before. One thing that makes football tough is that you only play once a week. That’s fine after a win, but when you lose you just wish you could get right back out there.”

Despite last week’s loss, Taylor said he saw things that he liked from his players.

“You know you are never really satisfied at the end of the game when you are down on the scoreboard,” Taylor said. “We learned a lot about ourselves. We probably made enough mistakes to lose two or three games, but there were still a lot of positives.”

Taylor said that all of those things were pointed out in practice this week.

“This week, we have made sure to cover all of the negatives from last week’s game, but we also pointed out the positives.”

As for this week’s opponent, Taylor said it will be a completely different type of offense then the Bulldogs faced last week.

“Trinity is a going to be a completely different animal than what we saw last week,” Taylor said. “Shades Valley liked to run the ball and they didn’t really take many shots down field. Trinity is going to be the complete opposite. From watching their game last week, they threw the ball on about 75 to 80 percent of the time. The defense is going to have their work cut out from them again this week. Even with a new head coach this year, they still run a spread offense. The young man playing quarterback has good arm and they have two really good possession receivers that win about 80 percent of the 50-50 balls. That’s pretty impressive.”

On defense, Taylor said the Trinity will run a defense that the Bulldogs haven’t seen in awhile.

“They kind of run something similar to a three-stacked,” Taylor said. “They are going to have four defensive backs that they will move around. It’s not a defense that we have seen in the past few years.”

Taylor said the Bulldogs have had a good week of practice, despite the rain, and are eager to take on the Wildcats.

“We have had a great week of practice,” Taylor said. “I’ve seen guys flying around in practice all week. They have come in eager to fix mistakes. We still won’t be where we need to be tomorrow, but if we continue to make improvements each week, we will get there.”

The game between Andalusia and Trinity will kickoff at 7 tonight in Montgomery.