The New Palestine football program keeps reaching new heights – and meeting new milestones.
The Dragons achieved the 350th victory in the 51-year history of the program Friday, beating New Castle 56-14. In the contest, Charlie Spegal crossed the 6,000-yard barrier for his career and became the first Dragon to tally more than 40 touchdowns in a season. Spegal scored four TDs and Zach Neligh ran for three in the win.
NP led 21-0 at the end of a quarter on two TD runs of 14 and 10 yards from Neligh sandwiched around a 71-yard run by Spegal. The Dragons extended the lead to 35-0 at the half. The Large twins – Kade and Ryker – each had interceptions deep in Dragon territory, and both set up touchdown drives for NP. Spegal capped an 84-yard march with a 2-yard run after Ryker’s pick, then finished an 88-yard drive with a 1-yard run after Kade’s interception. A 37-yard pass to Colby Jenkins set up the first score.
Neligh added a third TD to start the third quarter. After a pick-six by New Castle’s Nicholas Grieser got the Trojans on the board, NP answered with a 55-yard TD run by Jenkins. Spegal scored later in the third quarter to extend the lead to 56-8 before a late score by New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough.
The Dragons are now 8-0 on the season after their 53rd consecutive regular season victory. NP is also 6-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference and has clinched a share of its sixth consecutive HHC title and 19th overall conference championship.
The Dragons return to Kelso Stadium next week for Senior Night against Delta. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.