By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
NEW ALBANY – After losing twenty plus seniors from last year’s deep playoff run, New Albany is out to prove they’re building a football tradition.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 with an impressive showing both offensively and defensively in a 27-0 victory over Amory at Kitchens Field.
“Our kids have used that as a motivational factor to come back and prove that we’re a football program and we’re building a tradition,” New Albany coach Ron Price said of offseason chatter that his team would be down this fall.
Perhaps the most impressive showing of the night was that of Boston Newsome. Newsome’s number was repeatedly called, carrying the ball 33 times and totaling 174 yards.
The junior added New Albany’s first rushing touchdown on a 6-yard run with 10:58 left in the second quarter to provide a 14-0 halftime lead .
“Both sides of the ball kinda had me tired, but I wasn’t wanting to get out,” Newsome said. “First I have to thank my offensive line. They opened up the holes for me and I had to be a playmaker after that.”
Quarterback Spencer Day got into the action in the second half. His 4-yard touchdown toss to Josh Hardin with 7:46 to go in the third upped the score to 21-0 and capped a nine-play drive to open the third quarter.
The duo hooked up again for the Bulldogs’ final score of the game in the fourth quarter, this time a 12 yard reception for Hardin to conclude a drive that began with Broderick Cook’s interception of Jon David Poss’s pass in the end zone.
That wouldn’t be the only time Amory entered the red zone not to score in the second half. Midway through the third quarter, Kachius Clay recovered an Amory fumble inside the red zone to end the Panthers’ threat.
“When I got this job we weren’t very good defensively. That was our first task to develop a solid defense,” said Price. “I feel like the past two years we’ve played good defense.”
Josh Creekmore put the Bulldogs on the board in the first quarter, returning Amory’s first punt 81 yards for a 7-0 lead.
“We didn’t execute tonight,” Panthers coach Trent Hammond said. “Their D-line played physical football and they gave us a good dose of it tonight.”
For Amory (2-2), Poss completed 20 of 41 passes for 207 yards.