More depth, over matched, and outplayed. Those were the most common three words uttered about #1 in 5A New Palestine’s performance over Yorktown in a 63-7 runaway win. One word you didn’t see was outworked. Until the final whistle, Yorktown was playing hard. However hard work was not put on the scoreboard. The New Pal Dragons were clicking on all cylinders all night long. QB Alex Neligh accounted for 5 TDS (2 throwing and 3 running) while out gaining the Yorktown offense by himself. It was an absolute display by one of the state’s best teams.
From a Yorktown perspective, what does this mean? First off there is no overreaction needed. New Palestine is that good. And if they can get through Columbus East in their sectional, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them roll to another championship. One thing that was apparent was the youth of Yorktown. When down early in the 1st quarter, as most teams do, they looked shell shocked. There was certainly a lack of confidence. The coaching staff will look to that. This is going to be the best learning lesson all year for Yorktown. They started hot with two wins against two very athletic teams. Then they get blown out. Remember, the regular record does not mean a thing come tournament time. No reason Yorktown should hang their heads. For one they got beat a better team and they won’t have to see New Pal again until next year. Bottom line is Yorktown can only go up from the lesson of that performance.
This week is Delta week. Nothing needs to be said on either side to get up for this rivalry. Both schools are coming off losses which should make the match up all the more interesting.