NEW PALESTINE — New Palestine’s football team had its first opportunity to play in front of a home crowd Friday night.
So, the Dragons repeated their performance from a week before — dominating on both sides of the ball and scoring six first-half touchdowns for the second straight week in a 46-2 victory over the Richmond Red Devils at Kelso Stadium.
For the second straight week, the Dragon defense produced two scores — this time, both were first-quarter touchdowns — and the top-unit defense kept the opponent off the scoreboard. Richmond’s lone score was a safety after an errant shotgun snap pinned the Dragons inside their own 1.
The Dragons jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead after a quarter, and then finished with a flourish, scoring three TDs in 2:28 of clock time sandwiching halftime to go up 46-0. After starting with two turnovers, they scored the next seven times the ball touched their hands, building quick momentum.
“The kids got really excited. It’s one of those things were success is something contagious, especially when it’s on the sideline,” NP first-year coach Kyle Ralph said. “They keep scoring, the defense keeps pitching the shutout, and then the defense starts scoring, too, and it becomes really contagious and a positive environment down there. That’s what you need. We started off slow. Once we got rolling, it’s tough when both sides of the ball are playing pretty decent football.”
NP is now 2-0 on the year, having outscored its foes 110-10.
The Dragons gained 305 total yards — including 286 in a 39-point first half — and held Richmond to 148.