CONTROL OF THEIR DESTINY: Bulldogs inch past Williamson with strong game

Published 12:05 am Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Andalusia Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) are in control of their own destiny after knocking off Williamson 13-6 on Friday night in Andalusia.

Williamson got the ball to start the night, but Drexter Lee came up with an interception for the Bulldogs to end the drive.

Andalusia started with the ball in Williamson territory, but the first snap sailed well over the head of Jake Wilson. Andalusia recovered, but not after losing nearly 30 yards on the play.

After starting in a deep hole, the Andalusia offense stalled.

The Bulldogs faked the punt and Wilson connected with Roosevelt Weaver who fought his way down the field, but came up shy of the first down.

Andalusia’s defense responded with what appeared to be a three-and-out, but the Bulldogs muffed the punt and Williamson recovered the ball deep in Andalusia territory.

A few plays later, Williamson scored on a 15-yard pass and catch to go up 6-0.

Early in the second period, Andalusia’s defense nearly came up with a blocked punt and forced the Williamson punter to run the ball out of the end zone. Andalusia ran him out of bounds at the Williamson 12-yard line for a turnover on downs.

The offense then stalled, but Reese Burkhardt split the uprights on a 30-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs on the board with 4:37 left in the first half.

Williamson drove down the field on the next drive, but the Bulldog defense stood tall and kept them out of the end zone.

Andalusia forced a fumble and Gill Morgan fell on it to get things rolling in the third quarter.

A few plays later, Caleb Smallwood barreled into the end zone to put the Bulldogs up 10-6.

Andalusia fumbled the ball near their own goal line a few drives later, but the Bulldog defense forced another fumble to keep Andalusia in front heading into the fourth quarter.

After Andalusia was forced to punt, Williamson moved the ball inside the Andalusia 20-yard line.

On third-and-long, Williamson tossed up a pass to the end zone, but Elijah McClain and Caleb Blackston where there to break up the play.

As he was falling to the ground, Blackston secured the ball with one hand in for an interception.

Three plays later the Bulldogs where forced to punt, but Williamson muffed the punt and Andalusia recovered to give them new life.

The offense got a few yards before stalling near the 30-yard line.

Burkhardt once again came through for the Bulldogs as he split the uprights from 44 yards out to put the Bulldogs up 13-6 with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

On Williamson’s next drive, Kendall Sims came up with two big stops to help force another punt.

The Bulldogs where then able to just kneel the ball three times to run out the clock and secure the win.

“I told the kids at halftime, ‘If you will just keep believing and doing the things we are doing, we will win the field position battle,’” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “Coming out of the locker room I looked at coach (Jarrett) Williamson and said that a turnover sure would be nice and they did that. I’m extremely proud of our offense. They took advantage of the opportunities and put the ball in the end zone.”

Andalusia returns to action next Friday for homecoming against Escambia County.