GIVING IT ALL THEY’VE GOT: Straughn Middle School steamrolls Andalusia

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Straughn Middle School Tigers used a powerful offense and smashmouth defense to knock off the Andalusia Junior High School Bulldogs 46-6 on Tuesday night at the Kiwanis Sports Complex.

Straughn wasted little time putting the first points on the board as Layne Grantham went in from 27 yards out. Jordan Wallace tacked on the two-point conversion to put the Tigers up 8-0.

The Tigers forced a punt from the Bulldogs to close out the first quarter and then went back to work on offense.

Wallace scored on a 20-yard run and the two-point conversion from Aaron Olhava gave Straughn a 16-0 lead with 4:30 left in the first half.

The Tiger defense forced another punt with just over a minute left on the clock before halftime.

Straughn didn’t need much time as Olhava busted loose for a 65-yard touchdown. Following the two-point conversion, Straughn was up 24-0 with 1:20 left in the half.

Andalusia answered right back when Brunson Wilson connected with Tyler Sigers on a 65-yard touchdown.

Straughn got the ball back with just a few ticks left on the clock and Wallace broke free for a 65-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, but Straughn was up 30-6 at halftime.

Andalusia got the ball to start the second half and strung together a decent drive, but then turned the ball over on downs near the Straughn end zone.

The Tigers got the ball and needed just two plays to find the end zone again.

Avery Riley took a handoff and then raced 94 yards to the end zone. The two-point conversion was good and Straughn went up 38-6.

Andalusia got the ball back, but the series didn’t last long as the Tigers forced a turnover.

Pressure got to Andalusia’s quarterback Wilson as he was hit trying to throw the ball.

The ball wobbled into the air and Straughn defensive lineman Michael Owens caught the ball and then raced to the end zone for a touchdown.

After a successful two-point conversion, Straughn went up 46-6.

Andalusia got the ball back, but was unable to find the end zone before the end of the game.

“We’ve had a tough schedule,” Straughn head coach Griffin Windham said. “We scheduled a gauntlet playing T.R. Miller, Greenville and Andalusia. Knowing that it gets progressively harder, but our guys have gotten progessively better. Tonight was an indication of the progress and improvements that we’ve made throughout the year. We’ve lost two games not giving up an offensive touchdown and we’ve lost two games within one score. Tonight everything just kind of fell in our lap. Andalusia has a great ball team and they are very well coached.”

Andalusia head coach John Dugger wasn’t pleased with his squad’s performance.

“They have a good ball team,” Dugger said. “I just want our kids to play hard and we didn’t play like I thought we should. We didn’t play hard, and some of that is bright lights. We’ve practiced enough to know when it’s time to play, you’ve got to play. That’s my fault. I take the credit for that. It’s frustrating because I saw lack of effort at times and I never want to see that. These kids are going to grow up and they are going to get better and we are too. Straughn has a very good team and they are well coached.”