Once again, the New Albany High School football team feels like it’s starting to hit on all cylinders.

Quarterback Jalin Jackson rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and finished 4-for-5 passing for 65 yards to lead the Eagles to a 23-3 victory at Canal Winchester on Sept. 29 in the OCC-Capital Division opener for both teams.

Gabe Owusu-Antwi, who usually plays cornerback, added 47 yards and a touchdown on eight carries as New Albany piled up 233 of its 298 total yards on the ground.

Like last year, the Eagles started 1-3 but now are 3-3 and hope they are settling in.

“Our big guys up front really got after it and created some nice running lanes for our backs,” coach Pat Samanich said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our defensive staff. We bent but didn’t break. I’m glad to get this game over with. Canal Winchester is going to make some noise.”

Jackson had both of his touchdown runs of 9 and 8 yards in the second quarter. Owusu-Antwi added a 24-yard touchdown two minutes into the second half to make it 20-0.

Canal Winchester’s only points came on Trevor Thompson’s 43-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. Tanner Conley rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries to lead the Indians, who fell to 3-3.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final NEW ALBANY 0 12 8 3 23 CANAL WINCHESTER
0 0 3 0 3

NA—Jackson 9 run (kick blocked)

NA—Jackson 8 run (pass failed)

NA—Owusu-Antwi 24 run (Owusu-Antwi run)

CW—Thompson 43 FG

NA—Paragas 38 FG