New Albany and Kossuth Fight to Scoreless Draw

New Albany defense swarms a Kossuth runner in jamboree play from Friday.

New Albany defense swarms a Kossuth runner in jamboree play from Friday.


by Dennis Clayton
The fall sports season is officially here. New Albany got their football season started with a two quarter jamboree game at Kossuth. The teams battled to a 0-0 tie. Both offenses made some ball movement, but both were unsuccessful in denting the scoreboard.
Coach Ron Price said “We knew coming in what we wanted to see. We did not move the ball like we wanted to, the defense put us in some great positions to put some points on the board. Kossuth’s defense would make a big play every time and keep us out of the end zone.”
“The kids overall tonight played with great attitudes and gave great effort. Now we need to get back and watch the film and make sure that we (coaches) make the right adjustments for Friday night,” stated Price.
Price noted the play of Jake McDonald on defense saying “he did a great job on defense, he’s having to play on both sides of the ball. He was going a hundred percent tonight and made many plays for us on defense.”
Offensively, Price said “Jimmy Baldon played a great game for us tonight, we’ve got to get the ball in his hands. He’s the guy that’s going to be our offensive threat this year.”
Coach Price said that quarterback Bryce Collins did a good job of managing the game and that he was trying to get Collins comfortable in a high school situation. Price said “hopefully we’ll move the football with our running game and that will open up our passing game.”
Looking forward to the Water Valley game, Price said that Water Valley would be very athletic and have a lot of team speed especially at the skill positions. Price said the quarterback was an Arkansas State signee and was very talented. Kickoff for Friday’s game is at 7:00.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.