Published 2:43 am Saturday, October 14, 2017

The top-ranked Andalusia Bulldogs secured their second straight Class 4A, Region 1 title on Friday night when they knocked off Satsuma 28-6 on the road.

To start the game, Ethan Wilson connected with R.J. Drish for big gain and a Bulldog first down.

Caleb Smallwood then busted off a 16-yard run to give the Bulldogs another first down on the second play of the game.

A few plays later, Smallwood rushed in from 5-yards out for this first touchdown of the game.

Reese Burkhardt tacked on the extra point to give Andalusia a 7-0 lead with 9:29 left in the opening quarter.

The Gators’ opening drive didn’t last long as B.J. Anderson stepped in front a Karson Green pass for a Bulldog interception.

However, the Bulldogs turned the ball via interception on the very next play.

Andalusia’s defense came out strong again and forced the Gators to punt on their next series.

The Bulldogs got a big first down catch from Anderson and then a few plays later, Smallwood rushed in from 7-yards out on a fourth-and-4 play.

Burkhardt added the extra point for a 14-0 Andalusia lead with 1:11 left in the opening quarter.

Satsuma then started to drive the ball down the field and got down inside the Bulldog 5-yard line before the Andalusia defense shut down the drive.

Andrew Dean came up with a big sack to help force a Satsuma turnover on downs.

After the Bulldogs were forced to punt on the next drive, Satsuma drove down the field a scored their only touchdown of the game.

The extra-point missed left and the Bulldogs were on top 14-6 with 22.2 seconds left in the first half.

Satsuma got the ball to start the second half, but the Andalusia forced a fumble and Will Clark scooped up the ball for the Bulldogs.

Andalusia took over in Gator territory and then needed just a few plays for Wilson to find a wide-open Drish for a 15-yard touchdown.

Burkhardt’s extra-point was good to give Andalusia a 21-6 lead with 6:14 left in the third quarter.

Satsuma looked like they stalled on the next drive, but a slew of penalties against Andalusia, including a few questionable personal foul call, the Gators started to move the ball down the field.

Andalusia’s players kept their composure and forced a turnover on downs.

Both teams traded punts before the Bulldogs scored the final points of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Smallwood broke loose for a 33-yard run and Burkhardt added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 28-6 lead.

On Satsuma’s next play, Robert Phillips came up with and interception that sealed the deal.

“I’m proud of the kids for the culmination of the season, but I wasn’t pleased with some of things that we did,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “We have to rise above that kind of stuff, but I’m very proud of our kids. We knew coming in that we had to win one of the these last two games to win the region and the kids came out and got the job done.”

The Bulldogs will be back at home next week when they take on W.S. Neal for homecoming.