Multiple Teams · Sectional football preview: Dragons vs. Zionsville

Class 5A Sectional 12 final
Zionsville Eagles (6-5) at
#2/1 New Palestine Dragons (10-0)
7 p.m., Kelso Stadium
Local broadcast: New Pal Radio

The New Palestine Dragons match up with an old rival with a sectional championship on the line.

The Dragons and Zionsville Eagles last met in 2015 for a regional title, and now play again with a sectional championship.

NPHS is looking to continue its recent success in the tourney. The Dragons have won nine sectional titles in school history, including three since 2013. The Dragons have also won five regional titles, three semistates and a state championship.

NP advanced with a 54-14 victory over Muncie Central last week, in which RB Luke Canfield ran for 244 yards and two scores, and Zach Neligh ran for two TDs and threw for one to Colby Jenkins.

Last week was the first time a New Palestine team has held a team to 0 or fewer yards passing since 2015, when the Dragons held New Castle to minus-4 yards through the air. The game also featured the first kickoff return for a TD this season and two special teams touchdowns, as Brody Luker blocked a punt and ran it in. Jenkins had a 58-yard kickoff return. The Red Rage got involved as Josh Glover and Landan Burton combined to record a safety, the Dragons’ first since 2015. Glover had 12 tackles. Ryker Large picked off his sixth pass.


Game info
Kelso Stadium, New Palestine
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $6. Because this is an IHSAA event, NPHS all-sports passes and season tickets will NOT be accepted.

BroadcastClick here to listen to the LIVE New Pal Radio broadcast. Full pregame coverage begins at 6 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). WHMB will also be televising the game on a tape-delayed basis at 10 p.m.

Traffic/parking note: In the interest of player safety, the parking lot at New Palestine High School is closed immediately behind the press box, and thus closed to thru traffic, from 5 p.m. on football gamedays through 30 minutes after the end of the game. Fans may enter off Gem Road (CR 500W) west of NPHS, where they can access the large parking lot south of Kelso Stadium. There is also limited parking available from the U.S. 52 entrance.

Next up: The winner plays either McCutcheon or Kokomo. If the Dragons win, they will be on the road next week.