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Last season, New Albany entered Ecru with a senior laden team and an undfeated record. With the roles reversed this year, the Bulldogs hope to play the spoiler role and even their home record, hosting North Pontotoc on Friday.
“Their offense is their strong point, and they play solid defense as well,” NAHS coach Ron Price said. “With it being about seven miles to Ecru, this has turned into a good rivalry between the schools the last three years, and to top it off, it’s a division game.”
“It’s exciting for them to come to our place undefeated, and they’re a lot like us from last year, having a lot of seniors lead the way, and it’s a big division game, and hopefully an exciting game for both communities. We just hope the kids understand the importance of how big this game really is.”
The Vikings enter the game averaging 212 yards on the ground and 165 passing yards. Also, North Pontotoc has outscored its opponents 305-95, en route to its current 7-0 record.
For the ‘Dawgs, they are looking to get back on track, defending their home field and improving on their 1-2 record at Kitchens’ Field.
“We talked about that Monday with our kids that we really take pride in protecting our home stadium and field, and we hate that we’ve been beaten twice here,” Price said.
“It just puts that much more importance on this game because you never want to lose at home. This is our first home division game, so that makes it even more important, so hopefully our kids will get their focus and pride where it needs to be in protecting their home field, especially for our seniors. They want to win their home games, and hopefully that will show in our performance.”
Friday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.