ALBIA – Friday night’s Class 2A, District 6 football game in Albia featured two high scoring teams.
Local area fans are well aware of the fourth-ranked Albia success this season. The 7-0 Blue Demons, with the exception of a 21-20 win against Davis County, have put points on the board and easily defeated its other opponents.
What many fans didn't realize was that the Raiders from Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (CMB) were also an offensive-minded group as well. Even though they came in at 3-3 overall, they were averaging over 40 points and had never scored less than 27 points in any game.
After a low-scoring first half, the Blue Demons outscored the visitors 28-0 in the second half to finish off the 42-6 win.
Albia has used a balanced attack of rushing and passing (from a group of players) to outscore its' opponents. CMB’s offense was based on the strong arm and play of quarterback Zach Samson.
The Blue Demon defense bent a couple of times but didn't break while controlling the CMB offense by constantly putting pressure on Samson and his receivers. The Albia defensive backs picked him off four times and did not give up a passing touchdown.
“Our defense really played well tonight, especially in the second half,” said Albia coach Jerry Staton. “Our guys played hard and that allowed them to keep the pressure on.”
The Blue Demon defense stepped up early. They sacked Samson for a 10-yard loss on the visitor’s first drive. On the third play, Samson completed a 40-yard pass but Albia’s defense stripped the ball from the receiver and Shadow Leshen alertly covered the fumble.
After the turnover, that gave the Blue Demons the ball at the CMB 44, an eight-play drive ended with a nine-yard run by Alex Schultz for a 7-0 lead.