The New Albany High School football team overcame a ball-control offense by visiting Delaware to post a 45-17 victory on Friday, Oct. 21.
“They came ready to play and we were a little flat, but the athletes made some plays and we got a good win,” said New Albany coach Mark Mueller, whose team improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Capital Division.
New Albany built a 24-10 halftime lead despite Delaware running nearly four times as many plays. New Albany had 12 plays in the first half while Delaware ran 47. The Eagles tipped the scale in their favor with two big plays from Adam Bodrick, however.
Bodrick had a 66-yard touchdown catch from Zach Tomi and a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“I knew that I had to make a play because we weren't stopping them on defense,” said Bodrick, who plays receiver and cornerback. “We definitely came out flat.”
Delaware — which fell to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the league — took a 7-0 lead by driving 79 yards in 14 plays on its first possession as quarterback Josh Bender scored on a 7-yard run with 4 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first quarter. Bodrick responded with his touchdown catch on New Albany's next possession a little over a minute later.
Delaware drove 68 yards in 18 plays the next time it had the ball, converting twice on fourth down. The drive led to a 27-yard field goal by Aly Smiley with 8:16 left in the first half, giving Delaware a 10-7 lead. Bodrick ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to make it 14-10.
“We knew that coming into this game it was a must-win if we wanted to play for the OCC-title,” said Bodrick, whose team is tied with Big Walnut and Olentangy Orange atop the OCC-Capital.
The Eagles took control when Bender couldn't reach a high punt snap and New Albany took over at Delaware's 37-yard line. Dan Brittan ran 37 yards for a touchdown on the next play to make it 21-10 with 5:35 left in the second quarter, and Jimmy Gammill’s 32-yard field goal as time expired in the first half pushed the lead to 24-10.
“You can still run and pass and control the clock and we had some kids that executed,” Delaware coach Zebb Schroeder said. “Against a good team like these guys, our margin for error is really small. We have some things to overcome as we grow as a program.”
Playing without receiver Matt Bingaya, who was out with an injury, Delaware turned to Jante Wright, who had seven catches for 58 yards.
Bodrick led New Albany with two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also intercepted Delaware quarterback Alex Rafeld, who split time with Bender. Rafeld was 12-for-20 passing for 114 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and Bender was 4-for-6 for 40 yards with an interception.
Tomi was 6-for-10 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, who also gained 215 yards rushing on 23 carries. Delaware had 29 carries for 127 yards.
DELAWARE 7 3 0 7 -- 17
NEW ALBANY 7 17 7 14 -- 45
D--Bender 7 run (Smiley kick)
NA--Bodrick 66 pass from Tomi (Gammill kick)
D--Smiley 27 FG
NA--Bodrick 75 kickoff return (Gammill kick)
NA--Brittan 37 run (Gammill kick)
NA--Gammill 32 FG
NA--Lee pass from Tomi (Gammill kick)
D--Nicol pass from Rafeld (Smiley kick)
NA--Tomi 15 run (Gammill kick)
NA--George 37 run (Gammill kick)