High School Football Tour: New Albany

New Albany High School Bulldogs

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WCBI) – For the first time since 2008, New Albany missed out on the postseason last year.

But two division games decided by a total of 16 points could have made it a different season for the Bulldogs.

CLASS 4A | REGION 2
HEAD COACH: RON PRICE
Aug 22 Water Valley away
Aug 29 Itawamba AHS home
Sept 5 Pontotoc away
Sept 12 Amory away
Sept 19 Corinth home
Sept 26 N Pontotoc away
Oct 3 Senatobia* home
Oct 10 Byhalia* away
Oct 17 Lafayette* home
Oct 24 Rosa Fort* away
Oct 31 Ripley* home
*District games

This time around, head coach Ron Price believes his team can make it back to the playoffs thanks to the motivation of missing out last year.

“Our kids have been accustomed to being in the playoffs and we were disappointed not making it last year,” Price said. “That’s been our motivation this offseason. We tried preaching to our kids that 4A is wide open and if we could get into the playoffs and be healthy and got hot we could make it to the State Championship.”

It’s the last game of the season last year though that’s motivating the kids even more: a 33-0 blowout loss to their biggest rival, Ripley.

“It’s still in the front of my mind,” senior quarterback Bryce Collins said. “It was embarrassing. There’s nothing else you can say about it. We hate it.”

“We lost bad to them,” senior running back Bryce Collins said. “We use that as motivation and we think about the score when we’re in the weight room and doing drills.”

While getting back at Ripley is a major priority, the question the Bulldogs are asking themselves this year: why not us?

Class 4A typically has had surprise teams make runs before, evidenced by Lafayette last year. The Bulldogs hope they are the team that can surprise this season.

“Our kids believe now they can win, ” Price said. “We’ve been there and we’ve had the opportunity. We want to be mentioned with the upper level teams in 4A.”

“Only two teams can make it to the Title and only one can win it all,” Collins said. “I’d say the biggest thing I want to do is represent New Albany and make the town proud.”

“We really want to go to state,” Wilson said. “That’s what our plan is and we’re working hard to make it happen”

New Albany will start the season on the road at Water Valley before returning home to face Itawamba AHS the following week.

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