By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal
NEW ALBANY – New Albany’s junior quarterback helped his seniors shine on Senior Night.
Spencer Day completed 9 of 13 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns – all to upperclassmen – as the Bulldogs pounded Lewisburg 43-7 on Friday in the regular-season finale for both squads.
Fourteen seniors were honored before the game, and three of them had scoring receptions in the rout that secured the second seed from Division 2-4A for New Albany (8-3, 4-1).
The Bulldogs host Houston in the opening round of MHSAA Class 4A playoffs on Friday.
“These seniors mean a lot to everybody on this team, and this being their Senior Night, we wanted them to go out on a good note,” Day said. “We got them the ball and they made good plays.”
Josh Creekmore had the first TD reception – a 66-yarder – on New Albany’s first possession. Fellow senior Josh Hardin followed in the next series with the first of two TD catches.
The big show
Creekmore scored on a 4-yard run with 1:09 left in the first half and Hardin had a 70-yard TD reception in the opening series of the second to put the Bulldogs in front 28-7.
“On Senior Night, you can only come out and give the people a show,” said Hardin, a 6-2 wideout, “and with Spencer throwing the ball perfectly, that’s what we did tonight.”
Chandler Nail had an interception for a TD and Brady Barnes recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to help shut out the Patriots (6-5, 1-4) in the second half.
Day’s fourth TD toss was a 9-yarder to senior Riley Alef with 3:38 left.
“We wanted to get some momentum for the playoffs and take care of home-field advantage,” said New Albany coach Ron Price. “Our seniors have been a special group, and we wanted to send them out in style and I think we did that.”