Cleanup effort pays off as Indians pitch shutout on road

COLLUMS

COLLUMS

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

NEW ALBANY – The Itawamba AHS Indians had a messy season opening contest last week that unfortunately for them featured five turnovers in a losing effort.

The Indians cleaned up their mistakes and came through clean on the other side.

Getting their offense going in the middle quarters, the Indians bounced back from their season-opening setback to claim a 35-0 victory Friday over the New Albany Bulldogs.

“My biggest concern from last week was the five turnovers we had, three of them on special teams,” Itawamba head coach Toby Collums said. “Our focus this week was to clean them up.

“I must tip my hat to the kids, the second, third, and fourth quarters, they played some good football.”

Itawamba (1-1) had no turnovers in this contest.

“Unfortunately, Itawamba got their mistakes out of the way their first game,” New Albany head coach Ron Price said. “They played smooth football tonight.”

Itawamba now will host Class 5A Saltillo next week, while New Albany (0-2) looks to break through against at Pontotoc.

Extra Points

Turning Point: After a scoreless first 21 minutes of the contest, Itawamba scored twice to close out the first half with a 14-0 lead.

Point Man: Itawamba quarterback Vijay Miller had a hand in all five touchdowns, throwing for three and running for two. Miller total 193 yards through the air, completing 13 of 19.

Talking Point: “Miller showed his maturity tonight, checking out of two plays I had called. One went for a first down, the other for a touchdown.” – Itawamba head coach Toby Collums

Notes

• Hunter White and Chris Chandler combined for 118 yards to back up the passing of Miller.

• New Albany running back Devin Wilison hurt his leg on the last play of the game after rushing for 46 yards.

• New Albany’s Bryce Collins threw for 106 yards on 17 of 29.