Andrews shut out the Hemingway Tigers 53-0 at home Aug. 30 in the season opener for the Yellow Jackets.
Andrews Head Coach Scott Durham challenged his team all week before the game to be physical.
“That’s how we play,” Coach Durham said. “That’s how we win games. We want to be the most physical team on the field. If we’re not, we probably won’t win; so, we were tonight and that was our (coaches) challenge to them.”
Fullback Keshaun Williams scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night with 5:38 to go in the first quarter, but the extra point was missed making it 6-0 in favor of the home team.
The Yellow Jackets scored again with 2:53 to go in the first quarter on a long touchdown run down the left side by quarterback Eli Durham, fooling half of the Hemingway football team, making the score 12-0. Once again, the extra point was missed.
“The defensive end came squeezing down, so I pulled the ball,” Eli Durham said. “The cornerback ran inside to attack the fullback, and I still had the ball. I had open field in front of me, so I just went with it.”
Running back Franklin Grant took the handoff off the left side of the line in the red zone, scoring a touchdown at the 9:00 minute mark of the second quarter. Williams then ran one in for the two-point conversion putting the Yellow Jackets up 20-0 over the Tigers.
Williams scored his second touchdown at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter making it 26-0, and once again the extra point was missed. On the next Tigers possession, Williams made a key interception giving the Yellow Jackets great field position.
Quarterback Francis Brown found pay dirt on the left side of the line, scoring with 1:35 to go until halftime. Williams once again ran it in for the two-point conversion basically putting the game out of reach at 34-0.
After halftime, running back Demetrius McCray scored 8:03 into the 3rd quarter, making it 41-0 in favor of Andrews. Durham made his first extra point of the night. With 6:13 to go in the third Williams rushed for his third touchdown, but the extra point was blocked making it 47-0.
The Yellow Jackets put on the exclamation point with 1:47 to go in the game when McCray scored his second touchdown on the night making the final score 53-0. The extra point was once again blocked.
“The line blocked well tonight,” McCray said. “I saw a lot of open holes.”
“I thought we played well,” Durham said. “It was sloppy, but it’s the first game, so that will happen. We didn’t turn the ball over, and the team did a really good job.”
The Yellow Jackets defense dominated the night, limiting the Tigers to only 89 total yards on offense. Coach Durham said they were a little rusty at the beginning but quickly picked the intensity up as the game went on.
“Early on we were a little rattled, we weren’t seeing, we weren’t getting lined up right, we weren’t getting the calls right and we weren’t seeing the formations good,” Durham said. “Once we settled in, we played very well. Number 11 for Hemingway is a heck of a player. They made a couple of big plays against us. Other than that, they didn’t really get much going on at all. Our defense stepped up.”
“Over the summer, Coach Durham told us to be physical,” defensive end Charlton Williams said. “We came in tonight, punched them in the mouth and got the win.”
The Yellow Jackets had 337 yards rushing against the Tigers led by Williams with 13 carries for 75 yards and three touchdowns. McCray had eight touches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
“They (running backs) ran hard and did what they were supposed to do,” Durham said. “The quarterbacks made good decisions. That’s kind of how we play. We had a few throws in there. We had opportunities to make some plays and we did, so it was a good performance.”
Coach Durham said that if the team continues to play as they did against Hemingway, fans can expect good things from the team.
“We just have to continue and get better,” Durham said. “We have to continue to practice better and be tough and physical. We just need to be better Monday than we are right now, and we’ll be fine.”