FLOYDS KNOBS —
FIELDS LAUDS DOGS’ DEFENSIVE EFFORT THIS SEASON
After his team recorded its second shutout of the season with a 48-0 win last Friday at Bedford North Lawrence, New Albany coach Charlie Fields praised the performance of his defense. The Bulldogs rank sixth in the state in scoring defense at five points per game, which is the second-best average in Class 6A.
“We think our defense can get us out of trouble,” Fields said following the victory over the Stars.
Fields gave a particular amount of credit last Friday to his defensive line, which consists of seniors Rhygis Barbour, Javier Santiago, Isaac Hipsher, Ethan Atkins and Damian McDuffy and sophomore Derek Griffin.
“Those guys are men. I told them that was big-boy football they played out there today,” Fields said. “You get great on defense up front. I would hate to have to block those guys. As an old offensive lineman, I don’t know what I’d do against them. They’re just phenomenal.”
In Fields’ post-game speech to the Bulldogs at BNL Field, he gave a pep talk for this coming Friday’s contest at Class 4A No. 1 Columbus East. Fields says New Albany will need to play very well to knock off the Hoosier Hills Conference rival Olympians, who have the sixth-best offense in the state and the top offense in Class 4A at 55.3 points per game.
“We’re going to need the Army, the Air Force, the Marines, the Avengers, the Justice League and more,” Fields quipped. “They used to talk about the Red Army — well, they’re the Orange Army. I’ve not seen them on film, but I’ve seen what they’ve done to quality people. When you have wins against Columbus North and Bloomington North — two programs I think our quality programs — that’s pretty impressive. The kids know what the challenge will be and I think they’re ready for it.”
— Kevin Harris