BATTLE TO THE FINISH: Turnovers haunt the Andy Bulldogs
Published 12:05 am Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Andalusia Bulldogs put up a strong effort, but several turnovers helped led the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars to a 33-28 victory Friday night in Andalusia.
Hillcrest opened up the game with a strong drive behind the powerful legs of Andre Pope Jr.
Pope churned out a couple of big gains before scoring from 9 yards out.
Pope added the extra point to put Hillcrest on top 7-0 with 8:41 left to play in the first quarter.
Andalusia took over on their own 25-yard line, but punted the ball away after three plays.
The Andalusia defense then came up with a big stop and forced a punt from Hillcrest after three plays.
However, three plays later Andalusia was forced to put again.
The Bulldog defense came up with a big stop and then nearly blocked the punt, but Pope pulled the ball down and attempted to run for the first.
Andalusia stopped Pope and the Bulldogs took over on the Hillcrest 15-yard line.
Jake Wilson picked up a few yards on the first play and then Cameron Morrissette score from 9 yards.
Reese Burkhardt tacked on the extra point to tie the game with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.
Andalusia’s defense continued to play strong as they forced another three-and-out.
The Andalusia drive was then stopped by an interception.
Hillcrest then drove down the field and capped off the drive with a touchdown from Pope.
Pope’s extra point put the Jaguars up 14-7 with 8:11 left before halftime.
Andalusia got the ball back, but the drive was ended by another interception.
At halftime, Hillcrest was on top 14-7.
Andalusia got the ball to start the third quarter, but the third straight Bulldog drive was cut short by an interception.
Andalusia’s defense came up with another big series as they forced another three-and-out.
The Bulldogs took over on their own 20-yard line and needed just two plays to find the end zone.
Wilson connected with a wide open Zymon Ray who raced 80 yards to the end zone.
However, the tie didn’t last long was Hillcrest connected with on an 80-yard pass and catch for a touchdown.
Pope’s extra point was wide, but Hillcrest was on top 20-14 with 9:34 left in the third quarter.
Andalusia put together a solid drive, but it was cut short by a fumble that was recovered by the Jaguars.
The Andalusia defense stood tall once again and forced another three-and-out from Hillcrest.
Andalusia got a big run from Wilson to start the next drive, but then the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs.
Hillcrest was finally able to get a first down on their next drive, but then the defense rallied to force another punt.
The punt was blocked and Andalusia took over on their own 40-yard line.
After a big run from Wilson, Morrissette followed with a 19-yard burst.
Two plays later, Morrissette found pay dirt from 1-yard out.
Burkhardt was true on the extra point to give Andalusia a 21-20 lead with 10:53 left to go in the game.
Hillcrest then came through with a long drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars attempted a two-point conversion, but the Bulldogs were able to shut it down.
Hillcrest was on top 26-21 with 7:36 left to go in the game.
Andalusia’s next drive only last two plays as another fumble cost the Bulldogs.
The Andalusia defense came up big and forced another three-and-out from the Jaguars.
Andalusia’s next drive didn’t get going and the Bulldogs were forced to punt.
The snap was bobbled and then picked up around the 1-yard line.
Wilson was slung into the end zone and the ball popped free.
Hillcrest jumped on the ball for a touchdown.
With 3:40 left in the game, Hillcrest went up 33-21.
Andalusia wasn’t ready to give up on the game and put together a solid drive.
Wilson reeled off a couple of big runs for Andalusia first downs.
Wilson connected with Josh Gurley on a big play.
Wilson then found Omare Latimer in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown.
Andalusia attempted an onside kick with 29 seconds left on the clock, but Hillcrest was able to jump on it to seal the game.
“We had some turnovers, but they just out coached us plain and simple,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said. “We’ve got to regroup. This is where we were last year. We will find out a whole lot more about ourselves on Monday.”
Andalusia will travel to Opp next Friday.