Published 2:30 am Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bulldogs win at Trinity

The Andalusia Bulldogs came away with a 31-14 victory over the Trinity Wildcats on Friday night in Montgomery to move to 1-1 on the young season.

Trinity got the ball to start the game, but the Bulldog defense quickly forced a three-and-out and a punt from the Wildcats.

On the Bulldogs’ opening possession, Ethan Wilson and the Andalusia offense marched down the field for the first score of the game.

Wilson connected with Grant Holley on a big first down play to keep the drive going.

A few plays later, Wilson rushed in from 5 yards for the touchdown. Reese Burkhardt nailed the extra point to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

On Trinity’s next drive, the Bulldogs forced another punt after a big hit from Caleb Smallwood put the Wildcats in a fourth-and-long situation.

The Bulldogs began to drive down the field and were threatening another score, but a fumble recovered by Trinity ended the drive deep in Wildcat territory.

The Wildcats took advantage of the turnover and came away with a touchdown to tie the game, 7-7 with 11:47 left until halftime.

On the ensuing kickoff, Holley followed his blocks as he dashed across midfield and into Wildcat territory with a monster return.

A few plays later, Wilson connected with a leaping B.J. Anderson for 25-yard touchdown. Burkhardt’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead.

The Bulldog defense then forced a turnover on downs from Trinity following a missed field goal.

The teams traded punts and then the Bulldogs took over from their own 42-yard line with 22 seconds left before halftime.

Wilson hit Anderson with a big gain on the first play of the drive and Anderson got out of bounds to stop the clock.

Two plays later as the clock struck zero, Wilson found a Anderson all alone on the left sideline for an easy 43-yard touchdown. The extra point from Burkhardt gave Andalusia a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was mainly a defensive battle with neither team getting on the board.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Burkhardt drilled a 35-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs up 24-7.

Trinity answered with a quick touchdown to cut the Bulldog lead down to 24-14.

The Bulldogs got a big run from Roosevelt Weaver III to start the next drive and then and big catch by Sebaskin Stallworth set the Bulldogs up inside Wildcat territory.

A few plays later, Weaver rushed in from 3 yards out for a touchdown. Burkhardt was true on the extra point to put Andalusia up 31-14 with nearly six minutes left to play.

The Wildcats began to drive down the field on the next drive, but Undre’ Johnson came up with an interception in the end zone to end the drive.

The Bulldogs were forced to punt on the their next drive, but Trinity’s drive was quickly ended with a interception from Trevey Stoudemire.

The Bulldogs then ran out the clock to pick up the 31-14 victory.

“A win is a win,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “After being disappointed last week, we came out play strong tonight. We still have some things to work on and clean up, but I have no doubt the guys will come out on Monday and be ready to go to work.”

The Bulldogs begin region play next week when Monroe County comes to town.