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HOCO SHUTOUT

In their final game of the regular season, the Andalusia High School Bulldogs blew out the Clarke County Bulldogs 35-0.

Andalusia received the ball on the 35-yard line to start the game.

AHS quarterback made a first down run to the opposing 31 yard line and Elijah McClain ran it down to the 19-yard line to set up AHS’ first touchdown of the game.

Wilson then connected with Reese Burkhardt on a 19-yard touchdown reception to go up 7-0 after the PAT with 10:01 left in the first quarter.

Omare Latimer had a punt return down to the 12-yard line to set up the next AHS touchdown. McClain then rushed it to the 4 yard line and Josh Gurley punched it in to make it 14-0 after the PAT.

Chase Harper for AHS had a big tackle to bring up a punt for Clarke County and AHS took over on the 36-yard line.

Wilson then connected with Burkhardt again for his second touchdown of the night with 3:47 left to go in the half.

Going into halftime, Andalusia led 21-0.

After both teams went four and out, AHS increased their lead once again when Cameron Morrissette rushed twice from the 35 yard line to the 18 yard line to set up the next AHS touchdown.

Burkhardt had his third touchdown reception of the night with 23.2 seconds left in the third quarter to increase the Bulldog lead 28-0.

With 11:35 in the fourth quarter, Andalusia had a fumble, but on the next drive, Clarke County fumbled, as well. So, AHS took over on the opposing 38 yard line.

After a pass interference call, the Bulldogs found themselves in the red zone again and McClain took it to the house to finish the scoring effort 35-0.

“To come out and play the way we did just shows the maturity of the guys and how they handled everything this week as far as homecoming stuff,” AHS head coach Trent Taylor said. “Four weeks ago, we knew that we had to have three out of the last four games and to get all four of them and three out of the four to be shutouts, that is really big. We are going to come back next week and just work on us. We pretty much know who are opponent is in the first round and we are familiar with them just like they are of us but there are some things tonight even that we could do better at.”

Burkhardt had three touchdown receptions tonight, as well as kicking the ball out of the end zone on every kick off.

“I am very proud of him,” Taylor said. “I am also proud of the o-line for giving Jake the protection he needed to get the ball to him.”

Taylor said one thing they need to focus on is not turning the ball over.

“You know we turned the ball over four times tonight,” Taylor said. “And those things we just can’t do against anybody in the playoffs. We have got to protect the football and eliminate those mistakes.”

With the win the AHS Bulldogs finish the regular season 7-3 and the region 5-2. They are off next week to prepare for the first round of the AHSAA state playoffs.