YORKTOWN — Kyle Ralph issued a challenge to his defense this week: shut down one of the state’s best offenses, and you can consider yourself one of the state’s premier defenses.
Go ahead, crown yourself, Red Rage defense.
New Palestine limited the high-flying Yorktown offense to 190 total yards in a 35-14 road victory Friday night.
With the win, the 4A No. 7 Dragons (6-0) are alone atop the Hoosier Heritage Standings at 3-0. NP also regained the HHC’s traveling helmet trophy, which was taken from them in Week 3 of last season by Pendleton Heights.
The red and white’s offense wasn’t too shabby either — quarterback Blake Luker accounted for 316 total yards of offense and five touchdowns as the Dragons outgained the Tigers by 270 yards.
The only black eye on the performance was 12 penalties for 124 lost yards.
“It was a physical football game, no doubt about it. There were some penalties and it was definitely an aggressive game,” said Ralph, still unblemished in his first season coaching New Palestine. “I think both teams knew this was a critical point in the season at 5-0. One team was going to walk out of here with their first loss, and so that adds up the intensity.