By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – New Albany bounced back from a 77-34 drubbing by Class 5A No. 4 Columbus East in Week 5 with a 37-0 victory over visiting Madison on Friday night at Buerk Field.
It was the first time the Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2 Hoosier Hills Conference) have shut out an opponent since they defeated Bedford North Lawrence 48-0 on Sept. 13, 2013. New Albany limited the Cubs (1-5, 0-4) to 166 total yards.
Bulldog senior running back Darquan Richardson rushed for a team-high 163 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. Teammate Austin Oppel ran the ball 11 times for 97 yards and a TD run. New Albany junior DeTre Payton had 65 rushing yards and one score on four carries.
Bulldog junior quarterback Dylan Clark completed 7-of-10 passes for 87 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
New Albany reached the end zone for the first time 44 seconds into the second quarter. Junior wide receiver Devon Gummer caught a 15-yard TD pass from Clark to give the Dogs a 7-0 lead.
Payton extended the New Albany advantage to 14-0 at the 5:55 mark of the second with a 36-yard TD scamper.
Richardson reached paydirt for the lone time with 7:35 left in the third on an 18-yard touchdown run, putting the Bulldogs up 21-0. The lead grew to 29-0 when Oppel made a 3-yard TD scamper and Payton ran into the end zone on the two-point conversion attempt.
New Albany’s lone score in the fourth came at the 11:55 mark as senior Luke Kaiser connected with Clark on a 25-yard TD reception to make the score 35-0. Payton then grabbed a Clark toss for the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs will host archrival Jeffersonville (2-4, 2-2) at 7 p.m. next Friday. New Albany won last year’s meeting with the Red Devils at Jeff’s Blair Field 42-14. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 50-38-5.
Current New Albany head coach Steve Cooley was the Red Devil boss for 10 seasons from 2000-09, compiling a 53-55 record.
NEW ALBANY 37, MADISON 0
Madison 0 0 0 0- 0
New Albany 0 14 15 8-37
NA – Devon Gummer 15 pass from Dylan Clark (Noah Litzelswope kick), 11:16.
NA – DeTre Payton 36 run (Litzelswope kick), 5:55.
NA – Darquan Richardson 18 run (Litzelswope kick), 7:35.
NA – Austin Oppel 3 run (Payton run), 3:29.
NA – Luke Kaiser 25 pass from Clark (Payton pass from Clark), 11:55.