NEW ALBANY —
New Albany’s football program has expectations as high as it’s had in many years.
On Friday, the Bulldogs showed why. They got contributions from their offense, defense and special teams in an impressive 28-0 win over rival Providence.
But Castle is a different animal. The Knights are 23-2 over the past two seasons, have won three sectionals in the past five years, and in Bulldogs’ coach Charlie Fields’ two years at the helm, Castle hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown to New Albany.
A win on the road in Newburgh would be a signature victory for the Bulldogs.
“It would be huge for this program,” Fields said. “This is definitely a measuring stick as far as how far we’ve come as a program.”
New Albany won’t just have to overcome the Knights. It will also have to overcome the two-plus hour trip to Warrick County. The Bulldogs have lost 18 straight games following trips at least that far.
“Obviously, we have some hurdles to jump,” Fields admitted. “I think we’re veteran enough to handle it.”
On to the Week 2 picks:
NEW ALBANY AT CASTLE
New Albany has turned a corner. It is a program on the rise.
Going to Newburgh and getting a win is another matter. That would be a tough task for a team with a history of winning big games, something the Bulldogs don’t have.
Don’t let last week’s 30-point loss to Terre Haute North fool you. This is still a strong Castle team.
It will take an enormous effort, but for the first time in years, New Albany can beat Castle on Friday. If it does, it would be favored in its next four games before going to Columbus for a big Hoosier Hills Conference clash.
Then we’re talking about the makings of a very special season.
THE PICK: Castle 26, New Albany 14.