GETTING BACK ON TRACK: Andalusia Bulldogs ready for region battle

Published 12:05 am Friday, September 14, 2018

The Andalusia Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1) hope to get back in the win column as they prepare to take on Monroe County (1-1, 0-1) tonight in Andalusia.

“We have to be better than we were last week,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “Right now, that won’t be too hard.”

Taylor said that the Bulldogs have had a good week of practice.

“We have had a really good week of practice,” Taylor said. “Really, we have had three great days this week. The guys are excited to get back out there.”

The Bulldogs are still focusing on improving themselves, Taylor said.

“The coaches have been studying Monroe County, but we are working harder on us,” Taylor said. “Working on us has actually helped us prepare for them. Right now, our main focus is to improve Andalusia on both sides of the ball.”

Taylor said that the Bulldogs have room to improve on both sides of the ball.

“The defense got a lot of pats on the back last week for the way they played,” Taylor said. “Our goal is not to hold UMS-Wright to just 17 points. If we don’t expect to be as close to perfection as possible, than there is no reason for us to practice. We played a good game, but those guys on defense will tell you that we still have room to improve.”

The key this week will be taking care of Andalusia, Taylor said.

“For us, the key is taking care of Andalusia,” Taylor said. “We want to grow with every practice and game. We also have to take care of the football and eliminate stupid penalties.”

Andalusia leads the series 11-10-1 and won last year’s contest 54-0.

Andalusia enters the game with a 1-2 record after falling to Saraland (41-3) to open the season and falling to top-ranked UMS-Wright (17-0) last week in Andalusia.

Andalusia got a win in week two are knocking off Trinity (23-7).

Monroe County got a win over J.F. Shields (12-8) in week one, but fell to Escambia County 54-0 last week in region play.

Monroe County is coached longtime Andalusia assistant Marshall Locke. Locke is in his first season at the helm of Monroe County.

Kickoff between Andalusia and Monroe County is set for 7 p.m.