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August 24, 2013

H.S. FOOTBALL: Bulldog D helps end 6-game home losing streak to Providence

Payton rushes for 235 yards in 28-0 win over Pioneers

NEW ALBANY — When New Albany senior running back Tuwan Payton goes up against Providence, the rivalry game brings out the best in him.

On Friday at Buerk Field, Payton had another huge night against his team’s archnemesis.

Payton rushed for 235 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 28-0 shutout victory over Providence. Last season,

Payton scampered for 232 yards and three scores in New Albany’s 28-15 win at Murphy Stadium. It was the season opener for both teams. It was the first time New Albany has beaten the Pioneers on its home turf since 1990. Providence got blanked for the second consecutive contests and the third time in four games.

The Bulldogs used some speed to get their first touchdown in the opening quarter. New Albany senior Ravon Wright received a 33-yard punt from Providence punter Garrett Braun and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.

New Albany doubled its advantage at the 9:50 mark of the second period. Quarterback Zach Donan found senior tight end in the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown reception to put the Bulldogs up 14-0.

New Albany’s first legitimate scoring threat came late in the second quarter. Providence safety Ben Hauber intercepted Donan deep in New Albany territory, giving the Pioneers the ball at the New Albany 30-yard line.

Providence benefited more on the next play when the Bulldogs got whistled for pass interference, placing the ball at the New Albany 15.

After a 1-yard run by Pioneers’ running back Matt Bell, Providence drew a defensive holding call on the Bulldogs to move the ball to the New Albany 7.

On second-and-2, Bell plunged 2 yards for the first down. But on first-and-goal at the Bulldog 5, Bell got tacked for a 10-yard loss.

That was followed by three straight incompletions by Pioneer quarterback Nathan Banet, as New Albany took over the ball on downs at its own 15.

The Bulldogs needed only two plays to take advantage of Providence’s ineffectiveness on offense. On first-and-10, Payton scampered 17 yards for a first down. Then from the Bulldog 32, Payton took the ball from Donan, went right and then cut back left to break for a 68-yard touchdown run to put New Albany up 21 points.

Payton’s final touchdown came in the final quarter. On second-and-9 from the Bulldog 32, Payton registered his second 68-yard TD run of the night with 4:44 left in regulation.

In his varsity debut, Donan rushed the ball 12 times for 97 yards. He struggled a bit passing the ball, completing 7-of-14 attempts for 88 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown.

New Albany accumulated 451 total yards, with 363 yards coming on the ground. The Pioneers had a rough night offensively. They had 101 total yards, with 77 running the ball. Providence fullback Conner Johnson had a team-high 55 rushing yards on five carries. Banet completed 3-of-18 passes with 24 yards.

Both teams will be on the road next Friday. New Albany goes to Castle, while Providence will face Floyd Central, which suffered a 62-16 loss to Louisville Male in its opener.

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