RECORDS & AWARDS
NEW PAL WINS FIRST GAME
August 27, 2013Richmond High School
The New Palestine were dominant on both sides of the line of scrimmage in a 64-8 season-opening rout of Danville. Their offense scored on eight of its first 11 possessions, the defense produced two safeties and 20 negative-yardage plays, and the special teams produced two field goals and blocked a punt.
The Dragons’ uptempo offense was just that – running 66 plays in the first half alone, one in which they racked up 437 yards .They finished the night with 613 yards on 98 snaps – 327 on the ground and 286 through the air.
The Dragons’ defense was just as relentless. It held Danvile to minus-11 yards on the day.
Senior quarterback Blake Luker got things going with his arm and his legs – carrying for 22 yards on his first carry and completing two passes to Tyler Walden on the game’s opening drive for a TD. He became the first Dragon to throw for 200-plus yards and run for 100 in a game, completing 18-of-26 for 241 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing 15 times for 112 yards and three more scores. Walden was his favorite target, as he caught 11 passes for 109 yards and became the fifth player in New Palestine history to break 1,000 receiving yards.
Luker and Gabe Estes added rushing TDs in the first quarter. In the second, Garrett Kuhn intercepted a pass and both Gabe Estes and Sterling Curran disrupted punts to set the Dragons up with short fields. Those set up a 5-yard TD run by Luker and TD passes to Kuhn and Noah Grable from 19 and 26 yards, making it a 41-0 game at the half.
Noah Grable and Nick Derheimer had sacks for safeties in the third quarter, and Luker and Estes followed each with a TD run. Jackson Schwier finished two second-half drives with field goals of 27 and 35 yards.
Running backs James Young and Nolan Hill split time and yardage. Young had 68 yards in the first half, Hill 74 in the second.
Next week, the Dragons play their home opener against defending North Central Conference champion Richmond.