NEW PALESTINE — Lightning was in the forecast Friday night, but it never arrived at Kelso Stadium.
Whiteland’s football team might disagree.
On their second offensive play, NP’s Tyler Walden caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Blake Luker. By their 10th snap, the Dragons had scored three times en route to a 35-10 victory over the Warriors in a non-conference matchup between top-10 teams.
Just moments after the Dragons forced a punt and Nick Brickens ran for six yards on first down, Luker dropped back and threw a strike to Walden down the middle. The Dragons’ career receiving leader got behind the defense and made the catch for a TD. After a three-and-out, the Dragons took over at their own 41 and immediately got a 26-yard run by Brickens to the 31 to set up Walden again. He caught a bubble screen in the left flat, cut upfield and outran the Warriors to the end zone. Eight minutes in, the Dragons led 14-0 and had run five plays.
After an exchange of punts, Whiteland used a mammoth 17-play drive to cut the lead to 14-3, but the momentum didn’t last long. Luker kept on an option play, cut back across the middle and took the ball 74 yards for a TD on the Dragons’ next play.
Ten snaps led to a 21-3 lead and a Dragon victory.