Boys Varsity Football · One for the ages: Football nabs 60th straight victory

The New Palestine football team had a victory for the decades Friday night, beating Greenfield-Central 68-0.

The Dragons accomplished something that hadn’t been done in more than two decades – extend a regular-season winning streak to 60 games. The streak, which began in 2013, ties Bloomington South (1967-73) for the second-longest in state history. Penn won 89 straight games from 1985-96.

Also, RB Charlie Spegal broke Brett Law’s 31-year-old IHSAA career touchdowns record with a 286-yard, six-touchdown day. The performance gave Spegal 143 career touchdowns, two more than Law.

With his 286-yard performance, Spegal – who is the state’s career rushing leader – has 8,991 career yards.

It took the Dragons one play to fire up the offense, as junior quarterback Lincoln Roth took a keeper 69 yards for a score on the game’s first snap. It ignited an offense that tallied 10 touchdowns in 10 possessions.

After G-C ground out a pair of first downs, the Dragons forced and recovered a fumble at midfield. Three plays later, Roth dialed up a 38-yard TD pass to Maxen Hook to extend the lead to 14-0. A fumble on G-C’s next snap led to another score – a 25-yard run by Spegal on the next snap.

Spegal added TD runs of 2, 56, 2 and 20 in the first half, while Roth threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Blake Austin, to extend the lead to 55-0 at halftime. Spegal and Luke Canfield added second-half touchdowns.

The Red Rage posted its first shutout of the season and first in 10 games, holding G-C to 89 total yards – all on the ground.

The Dragons (6-0) return home next week to face Shelbyville in New Palestine’s 52nd homecoming game.

Notes: Dragon QBs completed passes to five different receivers for the sixth time in six games this season. … NP had a season-high 458 rushing yards and 587 total yards, the second 500-yard game of the season and the most since tallying 691 yards in the sectional final against Anderson in 2018. … Spegal’s 286 rushing yards were a season high and the 23rd career 200-yard game for the Dragon senior … NP recovered a season-high four fumbles and was plus-3 in turnover margin. … Luke Canfield tallied his first rushing TD of the season. … The touchdown :20 into the game was the fastest score by the Dragons this season. The previous fastest was 1:22 against Kokomo. … NP scored twice in 24 seconds, the second-quickest pair of scores on the season. It was the fourth time this season the Dragons have scored twice in a minute. … The Dragons have now won nine straight games against G-C, the longest winning streak against any conference foe. NP leads the all-time series 22-5.

Sept. 27, 2019 at Clayton Myers Field, Greenfield
New Palestine (6-0, 4-0)   28 – 27 – 7 – 6 — 68
Greenfield-Central (1-5, 1-3) 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 — 0
Scoring summary
NP-Roth 69 run (Roudebush kick), 11:40
NP-M.Hook 38 pass from Roth (Roudebush kick), 6:54
NP-C.Spegal 25 run (Reid kick), 6:30
NP-C.Spegal 2 run (Reid kick), 2:48
NP-Austin 7 pass from Roth (Reid kick), 10:55
NP-C.Spegal 56 run (Reid kick), 8:21
NP-C.Spegal 2 run (Reid kick), 6:12
NP-C.Spegal 20 run (kick failed), :44
NP-C.Spegal 8 run (Reid kick), 1:37
NP-Canfield 8 run (kick failed), 3:55

Team stats
First downs; NP 24, G-C 5
Rushes-yards: NP 36-458, G-C 36-89
Passing C-A-I: NP 8-12-0, G-C 0-3-0
Passing yards: NP 129, G-C 0
Total yards: NP 48-587, G-C
Fumbles-lost: NP 1-1, G-C 4-4
Punts-avg: NP 0-0, G-C 6-32.7
Penalties-yards: NP 5-44, G-C 3-20

Individual stats
New Palestine
Rushing: C.Spegal 20-286, Roth 3-71, Roudebush 2-35, Canfield 5-28, Hill 2-23, R.Large 1-8, Manley 1-3, Byers 1-3, M.Johnson 1-1
Passing: Roth 7-11-0-123, Roudebush 1-1-0-6
Receiving: Austin 3-43, Luker 2-30, Hook 1-38, C.Spegal 1-12, J.Johnson 1-6

Rushing: Nelson 12-33, McKee 12-30, Herrell 6-27, Durrell 4-8, Looper 1-(-1), team 1-(-8)
Passing: McKee 0-3-0-0
Receiving: none