Senior running back Alan Watson rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries and returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score as the New Albany High School football team defeated host DeSales 56-22 on Sept. 7.
Watson scored on runs of 25, 9, 18 and 77 yards.
“We gave them a few touchdowns, but that doesn’t change the fact we weren’t able to stop the run consistently,” Stallions coach Ryan Wiggins said. “New Albany outplayed us. They outplayed us and they deserve credit for the win for the way they played tonight.”
The Eagles improved to 1-2 and the Stallions dropped to 1-2.
“We were real close in (the first two) ballgames,” New Albany coach Mark Mueller said. “We were looking for people to step up and make plays and tonight people stepped up and made plays.”
New Albany went ahead 14-0 less than four minutes into the game on Watson’s kickoff return and Darron Lee’s 47-yard punt return, which came after DeSales went three-and-out on its first possession.
“We’ve got to get better at special teams,” Wiggins said. “With our schedule, you can’t spot anybody touchdowns. We’ve got to clean that up and be more consistent on offense.”
The Stallions led in total offense at halftime, 114 yards to New Albany’s 74. The Eagles finished with 342 total yards to DeSales’ 317.
“We’ll go back to basics,” Wiggins said. “With our schedule you don’t have time to lick your wounds. You’ve got to get back to it.”
Lee finished 3-for-5 passing for 42 yards, and he carried five times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Stallions quarterback Alex Perrine was 2-for-5 passing for 26 yards and rushed 20 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Running back J.T. Blubaugh ran 19 times for 91 yards and a score.
Stallions backup quarterback Josh Delozier scored on an 8-yard run up the middle with 18 seconds left in the game. Matt Colatruglio ran in the two-point conversion.
NA--Watson 93 kickoff return (Quillin kick)
NA--Lee 47 put return (Quillin kick)
D--Perrine 3 run (Acquista kick)
NA--Lee 29 run (Quillin kick)
NA--Watson 25 run (Quillin kick)
D--Blubaugh 10 run (Acquista kick)
NA--Watson 9 run (Quillin kick)
NA--Watson 18 run (Quillin kick)
NA--Watson 77 run (Quillin kick)
NA--Johnston 66 run (Yanok kick)
D--Delozier 8 run (Colatruglio run)