Dragons off to worst start since 2002

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INDIANAPOLIS — Delta controlled the clock, played error-free football and left Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday evening as one of only three unbeatens remaining in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

In a conference showcase, the Eagles mastered defending HHC champ New Palestine during a 21-6 victory.

Delta’s game-opening, 15-play, eight minute, 35 second drive set the tone for the contest, one of four conference games on the Indianapolis Colts’ home field Saturday.

Sophomore running back Joe Spegal had 10 carries for 49 yards on the initial Delta (3-1, 2-0 HHC) drive, punctuated by a 6-yard touchdown run that would mark the only scoring by either team in the first half.

“On that first drive, they kept getting short-yardage first downs,” New Palestine coach Charlie Hill said. “We competed, we made them battle for first downs. It was a (15)-play drive, so we made them work for it. We just needed to get a stop, and we didn’t do it.”

The Dragons (1-3, 0-2 HHC) — off to their worst start since 2002 — drove inside the Eagles’ 36-yard line on each of their three drives, but failed to produce points.

Twice, New Palestine was stopped on fourth down — on 4th-and-9 at the Delta 22 and 4th-and-2 at the 36. The Dragons also fumbled on first down from the Eagles’ 26-yard line.

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