Just how good was the IA defense last Friday night?By PAUL PUTNAM SPORTS WRITER,
There was a new Indianola Academy record set last Friday night during the Colonels 34-0 shutout of visiting Winston Academy from Louisville.
If limiting the Patriots to only four total yards of offense failed to set a new standard in the IA record books, the Colonels did break the 45 year-old mark of the fewest first downs allowed in a single game.
That 1973 record of one first down allowed to Memphis Skyview fell after the Colonels’ defensive efforts versus Winston Academy allowed zero first downs.
The IA resistance ultimately forced 10 punts and two fumbles during the visiting Patriots’ dozen possessions in the game.
“We did a good job of tackling in this game, I was proud of the effort”, said IA Head Coach Tommy Nester.
With many Colonels playing quality minutes in this game, 22 players recorded tackles or assists on defense and kept the Winston Academy offense from ever crossing midfield. Impressively, Winston Academy’s ground game attacked the IA defense 27 times in the contest and netted a grand total of a negative seven rushing yards.
Through the air, the Patriots completed three of their eight passes for 11 yards; a number which allowed them to escape total negative yardage on the night.