A year ago, Blake Luker was the New Palestine quarterback because the team had few other options.
Now, the Dragons don’t know what they’d do without him.
Through two games in which NP has outscored Danville and Richmond 110-10, Luker has completed 25-of-35 attempts for 343 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He’s also the squad’s leading rusher with 160 yards and four touchdowns.
Luker was slated to start the 2012 season in his usual secondary position until then-senior Max Disman suffered a knee injury late in the summer. After a crash course directing the offense, Luker completed 61-of-92 passes for 635 yards for seven TDs and six interceptions through seven games before he was also injured.
Coach Kyle Ralph said Luker, a senior and now healthy, earned the right to start another season under center.
“There was a lot of open competition this summer between Blake and Chaz (Hill, a junior) and then Alex (Neligh) the sophomore, but from what I saw of Blake last year and from what I saw from him in the weight room and the leadership qualities and everything else — not that those other guys don’t have those things — but Blake really is the kind of guy that when you come in as a new head coach, it is a huge bonus to have a guy like that as the quarterback of your football team.
“He’s athletic. He’s a leader on and off the field. He’s tough, he’s physical. He’s smart. He’s got all the tools to really be an outstanding quarterback and I think he’s really come into his own this year and embraced the system.”