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3rd-stringers step to front


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NEW PALESTINE — In some of the most unattractive playing conditions possible for a football game Friday night, New Palestine managed to turn in its most picturesque performance of the season.

The Dragons rode the legs of senior running back Nick Survant, who rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns to lead NP to a rain-soaked 47-7 Homecoming victory over county rival Greenfield-Central.

A year after rolling to a No. 1 ranking and an undefeated regular season, New Palestine has endured a bit of bad fortune in 2012, with a rash of injuries to skill position players and three defeats in games decided by a touchdown or less.

And even though starting quarterback Blake Luker was unable to line up under center because of a hand ailment and starting running back Matt Siergiej was unavailable because of injury, a pair of third-stringers lifted the Dragons.

Sophomore Chaz Hill, who replaced Luker late last week against Shelbyville, started at QB and completed both of his passes, one of which went to Luker for a TD as time expired in the first half. And then there was Survant, who had registered 10 carries for 88 yards through the first seven weeks of the season, enjoying the game of his life in his first career start.

“I told the kids it was the most unselfish game they’ve played all season. It’s probably what we needed,” NP coach Charlie Hill said. “We had kids that couldn’t go and kids that had a great week of practice and were excited to go, and I think that showed in the game.”

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