ALLEN INJURY UPDATE
Senior star tight end Dionte Allen didn’t play last Friday after sustaining a lower leg injury in the previous week’s scrimmage against Clarksville.
Oldham said Allen will be fine, but whether he plays this week against Seymour is up in the air.
“He practiced [Monday], but not at full speed,” Oldham said. “Hopefully, he’ll be full speed by Wednesday. If he’s not full speed by Wednesday, we probably won’t play him [on Friday].”
— Greg Mengelt
FIELDS HAPPY WITH BULLDOGS’ PERFORMANCE
For the most part, third-year coach Charlie Fields was happy with the Bulldogs’ performance in their 28-0 home victory against Providence last Friday.
“Our special teams had a great game. Our defensive effort was outstanding. Offensively, we have some things that need to be cleaned up,” said Fields, whose team defeated its archrival for the first time at home since 1990. “The kids were real emotional for this game. You need that on defense and special teams, but not particularly on offense.”
Fields says his players’ emotions were the main reason they committed 13 penalties for 107 yards.
“I think a lot of those were crimes of passion. I will be surprised if that continues,” Fields said. “It’s a concern, but those are correctable.”
In his varsity debut, New Albany starting quarterback Zach Donan completed 7-of-14 passes for 88 yards. He threw three interceptions and one touchdown while rushing for 97 yards.
Fields was relatively pleased with the junior’s effort.
“I thought he did what I expected,” Fields said. “There were some things where he was a little bit off. But he got this one under his belt and I look for him to keep on improving.”
— Kevin Harris
DENISON WORRIED ABOUT PIONEERS’ OFFENSE, PENALTIES
Pioneers’ coach Larry Denison’s two major concerns following last Friday’s loss at New Albany were his team’s offense and penalties.
Providence gained 89 total yards, including 65 rushing. Denison says the Pioneers’ ground game has got to improve for their offense to be effective, especially since they are utilizing the I-formation this season.
“That’s something we’re working with. Hopefully, it will start coming around,” the third-year coach said. “We couldn’t establish the run game. Hopefully, we’ll get better.”
Providence, which has developed a reputation over the years of being a disciplined team, committed an uncharacteristic 10 penalties for 63 yards. Several of those infractions were dead-ball fouls.
“Mental mistakes are what killed us,” Denison said. “Those things shouldn’t be happening. We’ve got to get that corrected.”
Despite the Pioneers being shut out, Denison praised his defense’s effort against the Bulldogs. Providence forced four turnovers and set up its offense deep in New Albany territory twice.
— Kevin Harris