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Andalusia Beats Brooks 34-13 In Champions Challenge Saturday

     MONTGOMERY – Andalusia downed Brooks 34-13 Saturday to claim the win in the third game of the 2016 AHSAA Champions Challenge prep football classic at Cramton Bowl.
     The game, which started at 7 p.m., was interrupted twice by lightning and inclement weather delays and took four hours and 30 minutes to complete from start to finish.
      The game was interrupted for over almost two hours in the first quarter by lightning delays. In the minute and 52 seconds between the delay, Andalusia (1-0) took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Ethan Wilson streaked 52 yards on a keeper for the touchdown. Wain Youngkuma kicked the extra point at 5:55 in the period.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closed out the 2016 Classic Saturday night with the Andalusia-Brooks clash. Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 on Friday and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa downed Demopolis 42-7 on Thursday in the opener.
    After the second delay, Brooks (0-1) drove to the Andalusia 2-yard line before being stopped on fourth down by Coach Trent Taylor’s Bulldogs defense on fourth down. Andalusia then marched 98 yards on nine plays with Antonio Gurley’s 2-yard run helping extend the lead to 14-0 with 10:48 in the second quarter.
     Coach Brad Black’s Lions responded with a nine-play, 74-yard drive culminated by Lazarius Decatur’s 12-yard pass from Lake Spurgeon for a touchdown. With 6:10 still to play in the first half, Brooks trailed 14-7.
     The Bulldogs  took full advantage of their last possession of the half, heading 57 yards on six plays – taking just 1:01 to take a 21-7 lead.  B.J. Anderson hauled in a strong throw from Wilson just inside the pylon on the right side of the end zone with nine seconds left for the score.
       Brooks closed the score to 21-13 when Spurgeon connected with Decatur for a 27-yard touchdown connection with 58 seconds left in the third period.  Andalusia roared back, however, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Gurley’s 1-yard TD run at 10:04 and Jamel Hourel’s 5-yard score with 6:32 remaining.
     Hourel, who gained over 2,300 yards and scored 36 touchdowns last season, finished with 108 yards and one TD on 18 carries for the Bulldogs. Wilson had 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score.  Gurley had just two carries for three yards but scored two times. Anderson caught five passes for 85 yards and a score.
    Deondre Hampton had 83 yards rushing on 24 carries for Brooks. Spurgeon was 15-of-22 for 148 yards and two scores passing. Noah Turbyfill caught six passes for 63 yards and Decatur had the two TDs and 39 total receiving yards.
    Andalusia’s Allan George had an interception he returned for 34 yards and seven tackles. Riley Graham had eight stops, Will Clark had seven and Andrew Holmes had five with three sacks for 17 yards in losses. Roosevelt Weaver also had an interception.
    Matthew Rainey had 14 tackles and Colin Anderson 10 to pace the Lions’ defense. Seth Yerby also had eight stops.



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