Multiple Teams · Dragon football finishes offseason strong

The Dragon football team had a strong 2014 summer and is ready for the season opener Aug. 22 vs. Danville.

By head coach Kyle Ralph

As the spring and summer months rolled on the 2014 version of the New Palestine football team was hard at work in the weight room and outside on the field conditioning making their final push to get themselves prepared. Coming off an impressive victory over four other teams in the first ever Ironman Challenge in the spring, the Dragons carried lots of momentum into the summer workout program. The improvement was dramatic.

The players were broken up into lifting teams of three for the summer off-season program again to push each other individually and compete against the other teams. The champions of the spring team contest were Alex Neligh, Nick Derheimer, and Matt Moeller with a 98 percent attendance rate and over 200+ lbs. improved among the three of them combined. The competition was fierce this summer as many teams wanted to take the title, however one team came out on top. The combination of Garrett Kuhn, Nick Brickens, and Adam Kincaid recorded a 99.2 percent attendance rate and added 210 lbs. onto their spring totals. An incredible effort by that group!

Individually the Dragons will field their strongest team yet as the commitment to the weight room and conditioning program has driven the intensity to new heights. Listed below are the top lifters for this season in the respective lifts/measured outcomes:

Bench Squat Clean Total Power Quotient
Estes – 385 Curran – 550 Estes – 315 Estes –  1245 Curran – 6.315
Grable – 365 Estes – 545 Grable – 300 Grable – 1200 Estes – 5.711
Curran – 365 Grable – 535 Curran – 285 Curran – 1200 Grable – 5.405
Yazel – 340 Yazel – 535 Young – 275 Yazel – 1125 Wilcher – 5.335
Barnes – 335 Judy – 515 Izbicki – 265 Judy – 1050 Brickens – 5.112
Mahaney – 315 Muse – 470 Brickens – 255 Barnes – 985 Kuhn – 5.027
Judy – 300 6 Tied @ 425 lbs. Yazel – 250 Young – 980 Hill – 5.001


Overall, the players that tested in multiple sessions increased our team strength by over 5,200 pounds from when they began in the winter. That is an incredible feat!  The program set new highs as well in having 13 players be members of at least the 900lb. Club! Even more impressive, two Dragons stood out from the rest for recording a perfect lifting attendance, making 137/137 lifts. Those players were James Young and Gavin Hopkins.

As the program always talks about, these numbers don’t win games alone but they put us in a position to win. With continued dedication, effort, and intensity hopefully the 2014 Dragon Football team can turn these weight room numbers into numbers in the win column.

Come support our Dragons as we open the season at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 against Danville on Shepler Field!