Multiple Teams · Friday football preview: Dragons at Delta

#2/1 New Palestine Dragons (8-0, 6-0)
at Delta Eagles (5-3, 3-3)
7:30 p.m., Delta High School
Local broadcast: New Pal Radio

The New Palestine football team is looking to finish strong in the 2017 regular season with a trip to Delta in a matchup of two of the HHC’s most powerful running games.

The Dragons moved up to AP No. 1 for the first time this season.

The Eagles feature the state’s top rusher in Charlie Spegal, while the Dragons have the HHC’s second and third-leading rushers in Luke Canfield and Zach Neligh. Canfield ran for 205 yards in last week’s victory over New Castle, his third 200-yard game of the season. He and Neligh have combined for 10 100-yard rushing games and 2,266 yards. Neligh is 76 rushing yards shy of posting the fourth 1,000/1,000 season in NPHS history, as he has also thrown for 1,351 yards, while Canfield has rushed for 1,342. Canfield’s total is ninth-most in NPHS history.

The Dragons come in after a 56-24 victory over New Castle in which Neligh threw for four TDs and Canfield ran for four. NP dialed up the big play often – Neligh had TD passes of 81 yards to Kade Large, 77 to Jaxon Manes and 33 to J.T. Hoffman and Canfield had TD runs of 35 and 45 yards.  Against New Castle, the Dragons rushed for 309 yards and threw for 308, with Neligh throwing for 305. It was the first 600-yard game for the Dragons since totaling 757 in the 2015 State Finals against Fort Wayne Snider. It was also the first 300-yard passing game for a Dragon QB since that November game against Snider.

The Red Rage had another strong day against the state’s most potent passing offense last week, with Brody Luker, Maxen Hook and C.J. Faubion each intercepting passes. NP is now +17 in turnover ratio.

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Game info
Delta High School (directions)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5

BroadcastClick here to listen to the LIVE New Pal Radio broadcast. Full pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Tailgate Show, and will continue with play-by-play and full postgame coverage. Mobile users: Search for “New Pal Radio” on the TuneIn app. (alternate links and archives here).

Next up: After a bye week, the Dragons open sectional play at home Oct. 27 against Muncie Central.