NEW PALESTINE — Beasts in the weight room under second-year head coach Kyle Ralph, the New Palestine football team is rarely out-muscled.
Friday in Richmond, however, the Dragons will face at least one player who has proven to be every bit as physical as New Palestine’s biggest and strongest.
Class 4A No. 3 New Palestine (1-0) will take on Nate Trawick and the 5A No. 17 Red Devils (1-0) in a matchup of defending conference champions.
Trawick, a six-foot-1, 295 pound senior, is one of the state’s highest regarded defensive linemen. Offered by several Mid-American Conference schools, Trawick verbally committed to Miami (Ohio) in June.
“Nate Trawick is a special kid,” Richmond coach Matt Holeva said. “He’s a complete package. He works hard, team captain, has great grades. He’s a real pleasure to coach.”
Penciled in on the defensive side of the ball for Miami, Trawick is playing both ways for Richmond, which lost four of five starting offensive linemen from last season to graduation.