Boys Varsity Football · Spegal sets mark in football victory

New Palestine senior Charlie Spegal made history on his second carry Friday night, with a 10-yard run on third-and-long making him Indiana’s career rushing leader.

The 5A No. 1 Dragons spent the rest of the night lighting up the sccoreboard in a 55-19 victory over 3A No. 10 Yorktown.

Charlie Spegal receives the gameball from Sammy Mireles after setting the state rushing record. Photo by Keith Fessler .

Spegal entered the evening needing just 12 yards to pass Elwood’s Sammy Mireles to become Indiana’s career rushing leader. He ran for three yards on the game’s first play. On the third, an 3rd-and-9 play, Spegal took an inside handoff up the middle and carried for a first down. Moments later, Mireles came to midfield along with IHSAA assistant commissioner Chris Kaufman to present Spegal a gameball.

Spegal finished the evening with 184 yards on 20 carries, with touchdown runs of 1, 9, 1 and 14 yards.. Junior QB Lincoln Roth had a 100/100 day, completing 9 of 16 passes for 143 yards and three TDs. Roth also ran for 111 yards and a TD.

On the next play after Spegal was recognized for setting the record, Roth found Ryker Large over the middle for a 51-yard touchdown strike, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead just 93 seconds into the game.

The Dragons took advantage of a short field to score their second TD, as three straight Spegal runs carried 22 yards for a score to put NP up 13-0. Roth then found Blake Austin twice for scores from 26 and 32 yards out, pushing the edge to 27-0 after a quarter. Austin had four catches for 69 yards, all in the opening frame.

A long Yorktown drive cut the lead to 27-6, but a quick strike late in the half – Roth a 23-yard run after a Yorktown punt and Spegal a 1-yard TD run to cap a 59-yard, 61-second drive – pushed the edge to 41-6 at halftime

Spegal added two third-quarter TDs before Yorktown scored twice late.

The Red Rage held Yorktown to two rushing yards and 191 total yards. NP had 431 total yards.

The Dragons are now 3-0 after their 57th straight regular-season victory, which ties the 1980-86 Hobart teams for fourth most in state history.

Notes: Spegal now has 8,283 career yards, pushing him 173 yards past Mireles’ previous mark. Roth had his first career 100-yard passing game. … Spegal also moved to fifth on the state’s career scoring list with 788 points. He passed Darren Evans of Warren Central, Bo Hundt of Bremen and Markell Jones of Columbus East. He needs 23 points to pass Attica’s Josh Smith and move into third place. Spegal now has 129 career rushing and 131 total touchdowns. … Roth completed passes to five different receivers for the third straight game. 

Yorktown (2-1, 0-1 HHC)  0 – 6 – 0 – 13 — 19
New Palestine (3-0, 1-0 HHC) 27 – 14 – 14 – 0 — 55

Scoring summary
NP-R. Large 51 pass from Roth (Roudebush kick), 10:33
NP-C.Spegal 1 run (kick blocked), 5:07
NP-Austin 26 pass from Roth (Roudebush kick), 2:38
NP-Austin 32 pass from Roth (Roudebush kick), :10
Y-Hill 15 pass from Neal (kick failed), 4:26
NP-Roth 23 run (Roudebush kick), 2:04
NP-C.Spegal 9 run (Roudebush kick), :28
NP-C.Spegal 1 run (Roudebush kick), 9:35
NP-C.Spegal 14 run (Roudebush kick), 1:22
Y-Gibson 7 pass from Neal (Hazen kick), 10:42
Y-Moore 34 pass from Neal (kick failed), 2:03

Team stats
First downs: Y 11, NP 14
Rushes-yards: Y 18-2, NP 37-288
Passing C-A-I: Y 17-32-0, NP 9-16-0
Passing yards: Y 195, NP 143
Total plays-yards: Y 50-197, NP 53-431
Fumbles-lost: Y 3-2, NP 2-0

Individual stats
Rushing: Neal 8-11, Carter 1-3, Evans 4-2, Spangler 4-(-3), Hill 1-(-5)
Passing: Neal 17-32-0-189
Receiving: McCowan 4-46, Moore 3-45, Hill 4-28, Gibson 2-36, Evans 2-30, Beshore 1-5, Nanko 1-5

New Palestine
Rushing: C.Spegal 20-184, Roth 8-111, Johnson 4-9, Hill 1-4, R.Large 1-2, Ely 1-2, team 2-(-24)
Passing: Roth 9-16-0-143
Receiving: Austin 4-69, K.Large 2-20, R.Large 1-51, C.Spegal 1-4, Hook 1-(-1)