Bulldog Blowout closes Aberdeen spring
BY BRANDON SPECK
Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan saw a few blanks filled in on Saturday as his Bulldogs wrapped up the spring football season with a 30-0 win against South Delta at the Millsaps Jamboree Showcase in Jackson.
New quarterback Aaron Andrews stood tall in his first live action as a starter, throwing touchdown passes to Erik Buchanan, Donald Thomas and Mario Lucas.
“We had some questions answered for us,” Duncan said. “Quarterback was a question I guess everybody had and Aaron played real well, threw the ball extremely well.”
Losing Marcus Hinton under center and having a new look offensive line may have had some questioning who would replace the standout Hinton, but when the Bulldogs went up 16-0 in the first three minutes of the game, most of those doubts were at ease.
In four 8-minute quarters, Jamerson Love added a 6-yard touchdown run after missing the bulk of the game with an ankle injury he sustained on the game’s first play.
Love wasn’t the only injury though. Buchanan had already picked up more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown when he broke his wrist.
Duncan said the senior should be out of action for about six weeks and should be fine when fall practice gets underway.
DON’T FORGET THE ‘D
The zero on South Delta’s side of the scoreboard didn’t go unnoticed after Aberdeen used its newly installed defense to slow down a speedy opponent.
“The defense played extremely good. I don’t think we gave up but two or three first downs the whole game,” Duncan said. “We’ve worked hard at it and I think we’ve gotten a lot better. Overall I was very well pleased with the progress this spring.”
The Bulldogs finished 11-3 last season and missed a trip to Jackson by one game, their second loss of the season at Louisville. Aberdeen remained in Class 3A after the Mississippi High School Activities Association revamped the state from five classes to six.
This season’s schedule will feature a different look, including the rivalry game against Monroe County foe Amory in Week 3.