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New Albany will hit the road this week, as they will travel to the Delta to take on M.S. Palmer this Friday. The ‘Dawgs have put in good practice despite the recent rains, and head coach Ron Price said this week’s opponent is a little easier to prepare for.
“They’re very simple on offense, as they line up in split backs, and they’ve only run about 15 pass plays this season, so you know what they’re going to do. They’re going to line up and run the ball at you, and be successful doing that, and they have been in their first three games. From the preparation standpoint, they’ve been easier to prepare for, but actually going out and executing the game plan will be the challenge.”
M.S. Palmer is currently 3-0 on the season with a new coaching staff coming in after a 1-9 season in 2008. Boasting large linemen, Price and his staff have worked to prepare their team for a physical match-up.
“They have four or five kids that are over 300 pounds on both the offensive and defensive lines,” Price said. “You can tell that the coaching staff is really working to improve the team, and have done a great job with the kids.”
Another stormy week has kept the ball on the ground in practice, as the Bulldogs have placed more focus on the running game.
“We’ve been able to get out on the field and practice. We can’t work on our passing plays like we hope to because the field is extremely soggy and wet. Going into district play, you want your passing game to be perfected, but we’re not going to sit back and make excuses. We’ve gotten out on the field and done as much as we could, and we’ve gotten something out of every day. Hopefully the work we’ve put into our running game is going to help also, but as a coaching staff, we would like to have a little more time and better field conditions to be able to work on our passing game,” Price said.
M.S. Palmer will test the ‘Dawgs offense, particularly the running game.
“Defensively, they’re very big, so they run a split four defense. Their four down linemen are very big, and their linebackers are extremely fast, so every play we’ve watched, they’re sending 11 people to the football as fast as they can, so we have our hands full.”
Traveling to the Delta will be a new experience for Price’s team, but he hopes his experience and knowledge of the schools and teams in that area will benefit his squad.
“This will be a new experience for our kids, as they’ll travel to a different part of the state they haven’t been to, so we can’t be overwhelmed by the situation we’re going to be in. We need to stay focused and execute our plays and protect the football, not knowing what the weather is going to be like, so hopefully we can play a great game and continue to build off of our two previous games,” Price said.
New Albany and M.S. Palmer are set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.