Bulldogs defeat Rosa Fort, win division title

The Bulldogs won its fourth straight game on Friday, overcoming an early 2-4 record this season to win the Division 2-4A championship, defeating Rosa Fort, 35-14.

“This was a trap game for our kids. We had the big win last week, and we had to stay focused this week,” Bulldogs head coach Ron Price said. “I think our guys did a great job of that, coming out tonight and doing their job. Rosa Fort is very athletic and has great athletes all over the field, and our guys did a great job tonight coming out and doing their job, making the plays when given to us.”

Boston Newsome put the ‘Dawgs on the board early in the first on a 22-yard run, but it was only a one-point game heading into the second quarter, after Cedric Carter ran in for a touchdown, but the Lions missed the two-point conversion that followed.

Ahead 7-6, New Albany scored two touchdowns in the second; a four-yard run from Newsome and a 19-yard pass from Spencer Day to J.T. Moore that put the Bulldogs ahead 21-6 at the half.

Newsome scored his third touchdown at the 6:52 mark in the third, putting New Albany ahead 28-6, but Calias Dunn connected with Jalan Miller late in the third quarter, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to two touchdowns.

“They were very, very fast, and it was extremely difficult to keep up with them, but we stayed at home and did what we needed to do, and we kept them from winning the game,” senior defensive back Chandler Nail said.

Newsome scored the game’s final touchdown on a 49-yard run, finishing with 214 yards on 31 carries. The senior is 126 yards away from tying the school record, held by Jeremy Cannon, heading into the final regular season game.

New Albany (6-4, 4-0) will close out the regular season on the road at Lewisburg next week, but for now, celebrate its second division title in three seasons.

“This senior class, the 15 of us, have stood together for four years now; we’ve run the scout team in practice and done all the dirty work, and we knew that this was our year, our chance,” Day said. “We started off the year real sloppy, but once we got into division play, we knew it was our turn, and the offense and defense have put it together so far.”

“Defense created some big turnovers and the offense did a great job of controlling the clock and moving the ball down the field and putting the ball in the end zone,” Price added. “It just feels good to hear the words division champs and New Albany together, so I’m just very proud for our kids.”