Difficult loss still on the minds of New Albany

The Bulldogs do not need a lot of motivation for their game this week at Lafayette. With the packed crowd and excitement surrounding last season’s battle of unbeatens, New Albany was unable to top the tough Commodore squad, led by Jeremy Liggins. Using that loss as motivation throughout the offseason, the Bulldogs are more than prepared to hit the field tonight.
“It was a big disappointment. We played soft and had a lot of turnovers and miscues and the motivation was just to get better and come out and beat them this year,” senior Cade Simmons said.
“It was a hard game and we had a hard week of practice and everyone was motivated and pumped up,” senior Jerry Davis added. “We thought we had a chance, but we came out dry and everything went down. This year, everything has to be tight and sharp and maybe we can come out with a win.”
Head coach Ron Price has talked on many occasions about how much his team wanted another chance to take on the ‘Dores and prove they have improved and can compete. With both teams undefeated in division play, the stage is set once more for what the Bulldogs hope will be a memorable game.
“Last year, to have a great season and all of a sudden it ends and you don’t have that next week to get back out on the field and get that good feeling back, it leads you into the offseason feeling bad, and that’s been our motivation since last year,” Price said. “We’ve pushed ourselves in the weight room and preached to the kids that if you take care of business, you will have a chance to compete for this division. That’s what we have this week, and I think they understand that and the opportunity that’s there.”
“I just hope we go out and don’t do the things we did last year that cost us that ball game, but take care of the football, make wise decisions and maybe control the ball on offense and keep our defense in good position.”
Given their practice and preparation this week, this is sure to be a different Bulldog squad taking the field against the state’s top ranked team.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we came out like we were ready to play and take on the number one team in the state,” Davis said. “If we come out and finish everything up, I think we’ll be alright.”
“It would be a big win,” Simmons added. “We’re just focusing and practicing hard like we do every week, getting prepared for them.”
Despite the outcome of last year’s game, one thing is for certain this season. This is the game the Bulldogs have had circled on their schedule, and this year, they will be ready.