RUSHVILLE — Two teams looking for their first Hoosier Heritage Conference win of the season battled at Rushville’s Hinshaw Field Friday, and the New Palestine Dragons prevailed over the Rushville Lions 35-20.
It was a balance of offense, defense and special teams play that fueled Dragons in spoiling the Lions Homecoming.
“We did some good things,” NP coach Charlie Hill said. “We had some big plays that we knew were in there someplace.”
The Dragons dominated the first half, scoring 21 unanswered points on their first three possessions of the game.
On the opening drive, NP drove 62-yards on the back of senior Collin Hill. He had 48 of the yards on five carries including a 12-yard touchdown run to get the scoring underway.
He went on to rush for 104 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns.
Charlie Hill said he was pleased with the work coach Dan Buchanan has done with the offensive line of late. He added that the line is continuing to improve in executing they way they need to on plays.
Senior Nick Survant got in on the action, scoring the team’s second touchdown of the game on a 19-yard run to the left side.
To close out the first quarter, NP’s air attack made a strong statement. Junior quarterback Blake Luker found fellow junior Tyler Walden for an 80-yard pass to set-up third touchdown of the first half. That came in the opening seconds of the second quarter when Collin Hill found the end zone for his second scoring run of the game.