BLOG: NEW ALBANY — New Albany’s Eathen Rainey’s 19-yard game-winning overtime field goal kicked the Lafayette Commodores out of familiar territory on Friday night at Kitchens Field.
The 10-7 setback marks the first time LHS has lost a Region 2-4A game since 2008, and the first time the ‘Dores have not had or shared the No. 1 spot in the region since that same year.
LHS opened the overtime period with three straight runs, setting up a fourth-and-inches play at the goal line that has worked numerous times this year, but fullback Alec Michael was stopped at the line of scrimmage, turning the ball over to the Bulldogs and Rainey.
“It was New Albany’s night,” LHS coach Eric Robertson said. “We always get yards on that play. I think we needed about 6, 8 inches and it just didn’t happen for us.”
Before going to overtime, the Bulldogs had a chance to win it in regulation with a 39-yard field goal. Michael and Colby Terrell blocked Alex Harrison’s attempt with one second left though, to force the extended period.
The Bulldogs caught a break with 15 seconds left in the first half when quarterback Spencer Day found Austin Howard on a seam route over the middle for a 47-yard touchdown. Howard caught the ball between two colliding LHS defenders and stayed on his feet to stumble in for the score and give New Albany a 7-0 halftime lead.
A 15-yard pass from Brandon Mack to D.K. Buford with less than seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter put the only points of the night on the board for LHS.
For a complete recap of the game, check out Monday’s Sports section of The Oxford EAGLE. (October 13, 2012)