Bulldogs fall to 6A Saraland

Published 2:34 am Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Andalusia Bulldogs put up a strong fight, but fell to the 6A Saraland Spartans 41-3 Friday night in Saraland.

Saraland got the ball to start the game and wasted little time going 80 yards in two plays to go up 6-0.

The Bulldogs got a big return from Cameo Stoudemire on the ensuing kickoff, but the Andalusia offense stalled inside the 10-yard line.

Reese Burkhardt put the Bulldogs on the board when he split the uprights on a 22-yard field goal.

On the Spartans’ next drive they needed only three plays to find the end zone and extend their lead to 13-3, where they remained at the end of the first quarter.

The Spartans then opened up the second quarter with another quick touchdown to go on top 20-3.

Andalusia got a stop on the next Spartan drive and a big sack by Austin Hall helped force a punt from Saraland.

Following another Andalusia punt, Saraland scored with 24 seconds left in the first half to go up 27-3 at halftime.

Andalusia got the kick to start the third quarter, but fumbled on the kickoff and Saraland recovered.

Saraland wasted no time finding the end zone to take a 34-3 lead.

Saraland added one more score in the final quarter to give them a 41-3 victory.

“First of all, I thought our special teams looked pretty good,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “We gave up a big punt return one time there. Sometimes the lessons you learn that are full speed right at you are the best ones. I was a little disappointed defensively that they ran the ball on us like they did. We knew they had a solid passing games and had some guys that were going to be match-up problems. We’ve got to get some things ironed out.

“Offensively, it’s probably still two or three weeks away. Running this type of offense there is only so much you can simulate in practice. It has to come when live bullets are being fired at you. I thought Roosevelt (Weaver) did a good job for the most part. From a read standpoint he did a good job tonight.”

Weaver just moved to the quarterback position this year.

The Bulldogs are at home against Trinity next Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.