MUNCIE — New Palestine is scoring 49 points per game, limiting its opponents to fewer than eight points per game — and it still hasn’t compiled a complete football game in the eyes of its coach.
Kyle Ralph informed his 4A No. 10 Dragons after their 41-14 win at 3A No. 3 Delta Friday that they can be a “scary” team if they’d ever put it all together for 48 straight minutes.
NP’s opponents may argue that the unbeaten Dragons are downright frightening right now in spite of their few flaws.
The red and white moved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play thanks to the continued excellence of quarterback Blake Luker (330 total yards, four touchdowns) and another stingy performance by the Red Rage defense.
The latter unit was dominant in the first half, registering a trio of 3-and-outs, two 4th-and-short stops and forcing a fumble opposite an Eagle offense averaging 45 points per game.
“Delta is a good, tough football team. I think Pendleton (Heights) helped us get prepared for this game more than I originally thought,” Ralph said. “Delta was more versatile in their ability to throw the ball. … We did some unorthodox stuff on defense and exposed ourselves at some points here and there, but all in all, the kids executed and we know we’d be fine.”
The New Palestine defense came into Friday yielding just 5.7 points per game — the second-best mark in 4A, and its varsity squad had only given up one touchdown all year. The unit had also recorded 25 sacks on the year, and it added many more Friday with sure tackling and well-timed blitzes.
The Eagles finished with 167 yards of offense and completed only 50 percent of their passes.