Mt. Vernon succeeded in keeping Brian Wagner without a sack for the first time all season Friday against New Palestine.
Unfortunately for the Marauders — as teams throughout the fall have learned — the Dragons’ defense is a many-headed monster.
New Palestine junior linebacker Sterling Curran compiled three sacks and a team-high 14 tackles as the Class 4A No. 2-ranked Dragons blanked the No. 10 Marauders 20-0.
Wagner, a senior linebacker among the state leaders with 15 sacks, had an eight-game sack streak halted, but still finished with 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Fellow defenders Nick Buckhorn and Nick Brickens had nine tackles each. Buckhorn and Noah Grable added one sack apiece. And Nolan Guedel notched three pass deflections.
“You can’t take all of them away, I guess,” NP coach Kyle Ralph said. “You can’t block them one-on-one either. So if your game plan is to put your guy on their guy one-on-one and block them all like that, they’re just too good to be stopped.”