Unbeaten New Albany will keep its foot on the gas

You’ve already clinched the division title and know your first-round playoff opponent with one more regular-season contest to go.
Do you sit or limit the playing time of some of your best players this week?
Not if you’re the New Albany High football team. The Daily Journal’s second-ranked large school will finish atop the Division 1-4A standings for the first time in its school’s history thanks to Friday night’s 27-13 win over Shannon.
The Bulldogs (10-0, 4-0 Division 1-4A) will host Tishomingo County in its regular-season finale this Friday and will play at home against Rosa Fort in a Class 4A first-round playoff game the following week.
“No, sir,” New Albany coach Ron Price said when asked if he was going to rest some of his players this week. “We’ve told our kids from Day 1 that we are going to take it one game at a time, and that’s going to be our theme for this week.
“We’re going to work as hard for Tishomingo County as we have for everybody else, because they’ve got a good football team.
“Everybody wants to knock off the No. 1 team and the undefeated team, so we gotta stay focused.”
Price did have a conversation with Lafayette head coach Anthony Hart about Rosa Fort, a division opponent of Hart’s Commodores.
“He says Tunica’s Rosa Fort has got a really good team,” Price said Saturday. “So, we’re going to have our hands full.”
Lafayette blasted Rosa Fort 42-7 in Tunica on Friday night.
With Friday’s loss, the Lions finished the regular season at 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the seven-team Division 2-4A, good enough for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the division.
Said the New Albany coach, “We don’t want to look too far ahead. We’re focusing on Tishomingo County right now. Next Saturday we’ll start worrying about Rosa Fort.”
With that being said, it could be an early night for the Bulldogs’ starters in Friday’s game against the Braves. Tishomingo County will enter Friday’s game with a 1-9 overall record (0-4 Division 1-4A). The Braves lost their four division games to date by 30, 24, 13 and 34 points.
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