READY TO BRING THE HEAT: Andy Bulldogs prepped for 1,000th game

Published 12:05 am Friday, October 4, 2019

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The Andalusia Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2) are hoping for a big region win when they host Williamson (4-1, 2-1) tonight in Andalusia.

It will be Andalusia High School’s 1,000th high school football game.

“They’ve only given up two touchdowns all year and they have only had one turnover,” Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor said of Williamson. “Those are numbers that will win you a lot of football games.”

With a tough team like Williamson, Taylor said the Bulldogs will have to bring their “A” game.

“One of the things they do is load the box so much,” Taylor said. “They put so many people in there. They are so skilled at corner they can afford to do that and they can lock you up at receiver. To be honest with you, we are going to have to do some formation things to kind of counter adjust what they do defensively. Last year, they jumped in bear front against us and that was probably one of the most sloppy football games I’ve ever been around. It was a 13-6 final. Neither team could really muster anything offensively. It just so happened we got a couple of turnovers in the red zone and capitalized. They got a couple from us, but our defense was able to keep them from scoring. I don’t want a repeat of last year. Certainly I would take the end results.”

Taylor said Williamson is a better team than they were a year ago.

“You could just tell that they kind of just limped in last year,” Taylor said. “Record wise they were in the exact same spot, but it’s just a different football team. You can tell they are playing with a lot of energy on defense. They have the (Robert) Woodyard kid at inside linebacker. I made the statement last year that he might have been one of the best ninth graders I’ve ever seen and of course now he is a sophomore now. I think he already has some SEC offers. (Woodyard has 16 offers already including Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson. 247Sports has him listed as the No. 14 prospect for the 2022 class) He is a tremendous athlete, but he is not the only one. Both of their corners are just outstanding.”

Taylor said the Bulldogs will have to be physical against Williamson.

“I think more than anything we have to play physical,” Taylor said. “I thought we did a good job of that last Friday night. We came out and established the line on both offense and defense. To be quit honest with you, Williamson is the most athletic team we’ve played. Saraland is the closest thing to compare them too, but of course they don’t have the numbers that Saraland has. Position by position they are every bit as talented as any team we have faced.”

Andalusia and Williamson are set for a 7 p.m., kickoff.

Andalusia will also recognize their past state championship teams (1958, 1976 and 1977) in honor of the 100th season and 1,000th game.