The New Palestine football team used another fast start Friday to pull away to a 63-0 homecoming victory over Shelbyville.
The Dragons scored 21 points in the first quarter and a season-high 35 in the second period to take a 56-point lead at halftime. The Red Rage posted its second straight shutout. The varsity defense has allowed just two touchdowns through seven weeks.
Charlie Spegal scored six touchdowns, giving him 29 for the season and extending his state record to 149 for his career. Spegal scored from 5 and 50 in the first quarter, sandwiched between an 18-yard TD from Lincoln Roth to Maxen Hook.
Spegal added TD runs of 14, 3, 14 and 21 yards in the second quarter before Eric Roudeubsh scored a TD in the final minute to extend the lead to 56-0. Devan Hill added a second-half TD.
The victory marked the first back-to-back shutouts for the Red Rage since 2015, when the Dragons beat Shelbyville and New Castle in consecutive weeks.
Two Dragon football players – Brody Luker and Jordan Reid – were named homecoming king and queen. Reid was 7-for-7 on PATs in the game.
The victory marked the Dragons’ 61st consecutive regular season victory, the second-longest streak in state history.
The Dragons (7-0, 5-0 HHC) next play Oct. 11 at home against New Castle. NP can clinch a tie for its seventh consecutive HHC championship with a victory.