Tigers travel to Andalusia Friday

Published 6:40 pm Monday, September 21, 2009

Last year, the Greenville Tigers and the Andalusia Bulldogs renewed a rivalry, and the two teams are set for another shot at each other this Friday.

The Tigers came away with a 29-0 victory last season, extending Greenville’s streak over the Bulldogs to 15 in a row.

Because the two teams took a break from playing each other from 1997 to last year, this will be Greenville’s first trip to Andalusia in 12 years.

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The Bulldogs come in with a 3-1 record and wins over Straughn, B.C. Rain and W.S. Neal.

“I expect a disciplined, well-coached football team,” said Greenville head coach Ben Blackmon. “They’re going to come out and play hard. Greenville-Andalusia has always been a good contest.”

Last year, Andalusia’s defense featured Nico Johnson, but he graduated in the spring and is now at the University of Alabama.

“I don’t know that they have any D-1 recruits, but they’re a good football team,” Blackmon said. “They’re young, though – they play a lot of sophomores.”

In recent weeks, the Bulldogs have also had some injuries at the quarterback position.

The Tigers come into the game after a big region win over Selma moved their record to 4-0.

“We still need to keep getting better fundamentally and doing things like finishing blocks,” Blackmon said.

The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday night in Andalusia.