CATEGORY: FOL High School Football

AUTHOR: TALBER

NEW ALBANY'S SHAUWN HIGH GETS BACK ON RIGHT FOOT AS THE BULLDOGS ROUT BOONEVILLE BLUE DEVILS 38-14

By MIKE TALBERT

Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY New Albany Bulldog quarterback Shauwn High, who missed last season, showed no signs of rust in a 38-14 win over the visiting Booneville Blue Devils Thursday.

The win marked a successful debut for coach Terry Allen, who came to New Albany from Neshoba Central this season.

"The kids played hard. The kids we counted on for big plays made them, like Shauwn High," Allen said. "We were fortunate to get some breaks in the kicking game that turned things our way."

Booneville, the No. 2 small school in Northeast Mississippi, is considered a playoff contender.

But High, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third all in the first half devastated the Blue Devil defense. Booneville reached the second round of the Class 3A playoffs last season and New Albany was 3-8 without High, who led the basketball team to the finals of the state 3A tournament last spring.

High had 180 of his 188 yards of offense in the first half and the Bulldogs moved up and down the field at will on Booneville, though they were hurt by two turnovers that set up one Booneville score and cost the Bulldogs another.

Booneville was hurt when running back/linebacker Chaynce Jackson separated a shoulder and was knocked out of the game in the first quarter after picking up 45 yards on three carries. Booneville was up 14-7 at the time.

New Albany led 24-14 at halftime. Then the Bulldogs picked up a couple quick touchdowns to kick off the second half to put the game away. Ross Barkley scooped up a fumble for a 14-yard touchdown, and Rodney Boles scored on a 1-yard draw with 5:31 left in the quarter. After that the game settled into a defensive contest.

New Albany scored on its first possession of the game when a 34-yard Will Henson run set up High's 29-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Lipsey, with Barkley converting the PAT for the first of his 12 points.

Booneville scored the next two touchdowns, with Michael Barker scoring on a 27-yard Chuck Spearman pass. Then the Blue Devils took a 14-7 lead on a 65-yard Spearman to Antwone Justice bomb with 8:01 left in the half.

High answered by throwing 10 yards over the middle to Matt Koon for one score. Then he scored from 8 yards out on a touchdown that was set up by a 44-yard pass to Koon. Then Koon caught a two-point coversion pass from High. Barkley closed out the first half scoring with a 29-yard field goal, after Booneville fumbled away the kickoff.

Next week New Albany travels to Itawamba AHS in Fulton.

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