ECHS to host Andalusia Friday

Published 4:09 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Escambia County is slated to face a similar type football team in Andalusia in region action this Friday night in Atmore.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 21-15 homecoming victory over Clarke County, the first homecoming win in six years. Andalusia shutout Williamson 21-0, also in Class 4A, Region 1 action.

Blue Devils head football coach Scott Mason said he believes his team matches up well with the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2).

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“Andalusia is a good team,” he said. “They’re going to test us this week.”

Mason said the Bulldogs present a multiple style offensive attack.

“They’re a lot like us in some ways,” he said. “We throw the ball more than they do. They will get in the ‘I’, and under center. We’re more wide open and chunk it around.

“They still will spread you out,” he added. “What we got Friday night (against CCHS) was no mystery. They came dead at us, and he threw it around and tried to take one from us.”

During last week’s game, the Blue Devils had to delay the start time an hour because a severe thunderstorm swept through the area. Then, with 8:27 left in the second quarter, lightning stopped the game a second time.

Mason said he was proud of the team because they played well.

“I’m proud of them,” he said. “When they got lined up correctly, and did what we’re supposed to do, we shut them down. When we got out of position, they found a hole and hurt us. The fumbles and mistakes killed us.”

The leading rusher for Andalusia is Elijah McClain. McClain has racked up 616 yards on 75 carries and scored four touchdowns. Cameron Morrisette is not too far behind McClain with 296 yards on 43 attempts and eight touchdowns.

Wide receivers Zymon Ray and Omar Latimer are favorite targets for quarterback Jake Wilson.

Mason said Andalusia has a good football team all around.

“They’re a good football team from stem to stern,” he said. “I respect (AHS head football coach) Trent Taylor. He’s a nice guy and a heck of a coach.

“They’ll be well coached, and they’ll be doing what they’re supposed to do and they’ve got the athletes to back it up,” he added. “We know to win this ball game, we’ve got to play mistake-free football, and take advantage of every opportunity. We can’t leave points on the table like we did last week.”

Mason said this is a crucial game because if the Blue Devils win, they’ll clinch a berth in the playoffs. AHS could clinch a berth with a win as well.

“We feel like we’re in the driver’s seat,” he said. “The second or third seed is what we’re looking at now. The scenario could play out if we win out, we’re right there at No. 1. That’s a tall order. We’ve got to play mistake-free football, throw the ball and run the ball and play good on defense. These are the best three games in our region we’re going to play — Andalusia (this week), UMS-Wright (on Oct. 18) and Williamson (Oct. 25).”

Kick off in Atmore on Friday is at 7 p.m.