Southern Sentinel Sports/Special to the News Exchange
RIPLEY–In Friday’s 2013 edition of the “Hwy. 15 Rivalry,” the New Albany Bulldogs’ offense struggled, the defense allowed 502 yards of total offense and they fell to the Ripley Tigers 33-0 in their season finale. The loss snapped a New Albany four-game winning streak in the series that dates back to 1931. It was Ripley’s first win since 2008.
The game began as if it would go down to the wire, as New Albany became the first team to hold Ripley scoreless in first quarter all season. They intercepted Ripley quarterback Dalton James on the game’s first drive then forced a punt and two turnovers-on-downs on three other possessions.
Ripley coach Chad Cook said his team was trying to score 80 points and make up for the previous year’s losses on their opening drives, but he also credited the Bulldogs’ play to start the game.
“We were trying to score 80 points on the first play instead of getting five yards,” said Cook. “But Give New Albany credit. That first half they were going toe-to-toe with us. Miss State-Ole Miss, Alabama-Auburn, you can throw the records out. They came to play. I think once we got on them it eased up”
Ripley broke through in the mid-way through the second quarter with an 11-play, 68-yard scoring drive. Christian Johnson, who finished with a game-high 146 yards on 22 carries, scored form 1-yard out for a 6-0 lead. Following punts by both teams, Ripley forced a New Albany turnover at their 26-yard line. James would hit wide receiver John Austin Moore on a pair of passes, his second a 19-yard fade for a 12-0 halftime advantage.
James, and the Ripley defense continued their prowess in the second half. James tossed three more touchdown passes, and finished with 237 yards on 15-of-29 passing. The Tigers’ defense was just as stingy, recording two second half sacks on New Albany’s Bryce Collins for a season-high eight on the night. Ripley limited New Albany’s offense to 70 total yards, including minus-17 rushing. gained New Albany 502-70.
“Ripley’s got a great football team. Our kids came out and competed. I thought they gave a great effort, but Ripley just had too many weapons tonight,” said New Albany coach Ron Price. “We could never get anything going offensively, but our kids battled and nobody likes the way we feel right now.”
Despite promising start, Bulldogs fall to Ripley
About Dennis ClaytonI 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.
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