Speedy Bulldogs visit Hokes Bluff

Anniston (4-3, 3-2) at Hokes Bluff (1-6, 0-5)
Series record: First meeting
Last week: Munford 33, Hokes Bluff 15; Anniston 48, Cherokee County 14

    By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

Hokes Bluff coach Mike Robertson doesn’t hesitate to admit that his team’s record isn’t where he would like it to be, but he also said he’s seeing on-field improvement each week.

In last week’s loss, the Eagles were within 10 points in the fourth quarter before Munford scored to put the game away.

Now comes the always-athletic Anniston squad.

“Their speed will give us problems,” Robertson said. “But hopefully, we’ll have some things to slow them down some.”

What Robertson dislikes more than the speed factor is the fact that the Bulldogs are playing their best right now, even if the recent record doesn’t indicate it. Anniston’s win last week snapped a two-game losing streak.

“They’ve got good players at every position and they’re very well-coached,” Robertson said. “You don’t make the semifinals if you’re not well coached.”

The Bulldogs lost to state runner-up Oneonta in the semis, but only by a touchdown.

Against Munford last week, Brad Robertson completed 14-of-18 passes for 143 yards, while Jake Ponder had four receptions for 46 yards.

Jake Ingram and Charlie Reed each had three catches.

Chase Pope led in tackles with nine, followed by Ponder and Dustin Herman with eight each and Noah Click with seven.

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