Andalusia, Ala (WDHN) — The Andalusia Bulldogs come in to 2020 with high expectations considering their playoff run in 2019 which led them to the state semifinals.
But this season the Bulldogs are making the step up a classification into the 5A level. With that, they will face teams like Headland, Providence Christian, and Rehobeth.
Andalusia has people with their eye on them this year as they are ranked as the seventh best team in their new classification.
A big reason for the success in 2019 was their ability to play defense. The Bulldogs only gave up about 13 points a game and five times they shut out their opponents.
“A successful season at Andalusia is to play for it and win it, that is the standard that coach Taylor has set. Anything less than they is really not a successful season for us,” said Defensive Coordinator Jarrett Williamson.
Since taking the job as head coach in 2015, Trent Taylor has simply elevated the Bulldogs play level. They have had winning seasons in every year under Taylor and even more impressively, Andalusia has had four ten win seasons in his five year stint. It should be noted that the one year they didn’t win ten games, they only won nine.
Add that success with the talented group that the Bulldogs have now, and the expectations heighten. But, this is nothing new for Andalusia, they have grown accustom to the standard set for themselves.
“We enjoy being in that pressure situation, that is why you coach at Andalusia now. The Community has built that, coach Taylor and the city had a vision for that, but that is the expectation,” Williamson said.
To kick off their first season at the 5A level, Andalusia has a week zero matchup with Faith Academy and then will take on Fairhope in week 1.