Bulldogs clinch playoff spot behind strong rushing attack
Andalusia’s rushing attack picked up nearly 300 yards on the ground as the Bulldogs put the smack down on Headland in a 45-7 victory that also clinched a playoff spot for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started off the with the ball and Jamal Hourel led the rushing attack down the field with several strong runs, including a 28-yard pickup that put the Bulldogs into Rams’ territory. A few plays later, Hourel busted into the open field and rumbled 30 yards for the first score of the game.
On the Rams’ first possession, the Bulldogs forced a fumble on the third play, and Antonio Gurley fell on the loose ball for Andalusia on the Headland 25-yard line.
Andalusia picked up one first down on a 7-yard run from Hourel, but the Bulldog drive stalled near the 10-yard line. Chase Hopkins came in and split the uprights from 25 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldog defense was ready once again, and this time forced the Rams to put after a three-and-out.
Two plays later, Hourel broke through the line and sprinted 50 yards for the touchdown. Hopkins’s kick was good and the Bulldogs went up 17-0 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
Headland finally picked up a first down on their third possession, but the relentless Bulldog defense made sure that was all they got. KeShun Townsend, Riley Graham and Gurley kept the Rams’ quarterback running for his life during the series, and forced another Ram punt
When the Bulldogs took back over, Ethan Wilson went 65 yards on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Hopkins’s kick was once again good and the Bulldogs led 24-0.
The Bulldogs’ defense went right back to work, and big tackle behind the line from Demetrius Lane forced yet another punt from the Rams.
After the Rams turned around and forced a punt from the Bulldogs, it was the Andalusia defense who stepped it once again. Lane made another tackle behind the line, and then had forced an errant throw with a quarterback hurry.
The Rams’ defense showed signs of life on the next series when they forced and interception.
When the Rams came back out on offense, Lane was ready again as he teamed up with Morris Calloway to drop the Rams’ running back for an 8-yard loss. Lane and Trevor Parker then teamed up to stop a third down play for no gain and forced the Rams to punt.
Andalusia took over with just 37 seconds left in the half and decided to just run the clock out. At halftime, the Bulldogs lead 24-0.
Headland got the ball to start the second half, and on a third-and-long play, Townsend batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage and forced the Rams to punt.
Two penalties cost the Bulldogs some big yardage and forced the Bulldogs to punt.
The Rams picked up a couple of first downs, but ended up in a fourth down-and-12 a few plays later. Once again, it was Lane making noise in the Rams’ backfield as he slung down the Headland quarterback for an 8-yard loss. The Bulldogs took back over after the turnover on downs.
Three plays after the taking over, Hourel once again broke through the line and burned his way down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown. Hopkins’s extra point put the Bulldogs up 31-0.
On the Rams’ next possession, the Bulldogs forced another fumble and Will Clark corralled the loose ball for Andalusia.
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to put more points on the board, as Wilson connected with B.J. Anderson on quick pass, and then Anderson broke a tackle on his way to a 58-yard touchdown. Hopkins’s kick put Andalusia up 38-0 with 10:51 left to go in the game.
The Rams didn’t hold onto the ball very long, as the Bulldogs forced and recovered another fumble.
Trevey Stoudemire took over as the Bulldogs’ running back and put the capped off the 25-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown. Hopkins’s kick put the Bulldogs up 45-0 with 7:44 left in the game.
With the Bulldog starters out of the game, Headland put together a strong drive, and got a 2-yard touchdown run. After the successful extra point, the Rams cut the lead to 45-7.
Andalusia was able to run the clock out on their next possession to cap off a 45-7 victory.
Hourel led the way for the Bulldogs with 201 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Hourel now has 1,562 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“We had a great week of practice and it showed tonight,” Bulldogs’ coach Trent Taylor said. “We got a little sloppy in the late in the first half, but the guys came out in the second half and finished the job. I was very proud of our effort tonight. Our defense was flying around all night”