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Football: Dragons ranked #3 in AP poll

August 13, 2012
Hancock County Sports

New Palestine is ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason football poll, which was released Monday.

The Dragons received two first-place votes. They are coming off an 11-1 year in which they posted the school's fourth unbeaten regular season in school history, and broke several school passing and receiving records.

Defending state champion Cathedral is No. 1 in both polls, followed by Fort Wayne Dwenger. NP ranks third in the AP poll. Fellow Hoosier Heritage Conference squad Pendleton Heights is ranked sixth after an 11-2 year and the school's second straight sectional title. Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central are both receiving votes. MV went 5-5 last year, G-C 6-5.

In the IFCA poll, none of the HHC teams are ranked in the Class 4A Top 10, but New Palestine, Pendleton Heights and Delta are receiving votes.

Among other neighboring schools, Knightstown is receiving votes in the AP 1A poll. Milan, which shares the Mid-Indiana Football Conference with Eastern Hancock, is ranked No. 6 in both polls. EH will play Milan and Knightstown in back-to-back weeks Sept. 7-14.

The AP 4A Top 10: 1. Cathedral; 2. FW Dwenger; 3. New Palestine; 4. Columbus East; 5. Leo; 6. Pendleton Heights; 7. Roncalli; 8. Concord; 9. East Central; 10. SB Washington; RV: Hammond Morton, Evansville Reitz, Griffith, Jasper, New Haven, Mishawaka, Greenwood, Lowell, Mt. Vernon (F), Boonville, Greenfield-Central. Link to full poll.

The IFCA 4A Top 10: 1. Cathedral; 2. FW Dwenger; 3. Ev. Reitz; 4. Columbus East; 5. East Central; 6. Roncalli; 7. Mishawaka; 8. Leo; 9. Concord; 10. Hammond Morton; RV: SB Washington, Jasper, Pendleton Heights, New Palestine, New Haven, Delta, Griffith. Link to full poll.

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