Tigers get go-ahead score with three seconds left in game


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NEW PALESTINE — What was already the latest home opener in the 45 years New Palestine has fielded a football program — Week 6 — became even more so by one day.

Stormy weather prevented the Dragons and Yorktown from playing Friday night, so the Hoosier Heritage Conference rivals had to return to Shepler Field at Kelso Stadium for a Saturday matinee, in the face of a brisk wind.

That didn’t affect NP nearly as much as misfortunes by its defense and special teams.

Three key plays by the Tigers in kicking formations helped them score a 27-20 decision and end both the slim hopes of the Dragons (2-4, 1-3 HHC) repeating as HHC champs as well as their 13-game regular-season home winning streak.

Yorktown clinched it on a Riley Neal-to-Mason Patterson pass covering 23 yards, with three seconds to go. That climaxed a 14-play, 94-yard drive that included a fake punt.

“I’m not sure I’d say heartbreaker, but more like frustration about letting them have the scores they had,” NP coach Charlie Hill said. “We should have never been in a spot to deal with those.”

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