NEW PALESTINE — Blake Luker and Tyler Walden have thrown hundreds of passes to each other in practice and games over the last several years.
But never have they had a game quite like they did Friday night.
The two connected 14 times for 212 yards, allowing Walden to break nearly every New Palestine receiving record on the books, as the Dragons beat Pendleton Heights 46-7 Friday at Kelso Stadium.
Luker was 23-of-29 for 331 yards and four touchdowns — the second-highest passing total in NP history —– and ran for 64 yards and a score.
It’s been a common connection for years between the two, who led an undefeated freshman team three years ago, were role players on an unbeaten varsity two years ago, and now have helped lead the Dragons to a 3-0 mark this season.
“That goes back to middle school,” Luker said. “We’ve been playing football together since sixth grade. We’ve always had a close bond. That’s carried over into our high school careers.”