The upset that Delta fans had hoped was not meant to be. New Palestine secured their third straight perfect regular season with a 66-29 win over Delta. Indiana Mr. Football candidate Alex Neligh continued is torrid pace with 200 yards passing 100 yards rushing and five combined touchdowns in the win. New Pal rushed for 424 yards in the game including a game high 223 from Nick Brickens in the win. Duke Blackwell had two touchdown receptions to had to his record setting total. And yet…Delta could have been in this game. What it turned out to be was just a blueprint on how to beat New Palestine. Delta couldn’t do that but they provided the formula in order to do so. Beat their secondary.
Coach Grant Zgunda mentioned they may have to pass more on first down to beat New Palestine. It didn’t result in victory but it resulted in the best game-plan for New Pal all year long. And it worked. At times it seemed as though Delta completely abandoned the run. It was the right decision. Both Tanner Lambert an Ryley Pease threw for touchdowns in the game. Oh and Mitchell Hahn was unstoppable with six catches for over 200 yards. Ok great, so what does this mean? Delta’s already powerful offense was great before but even better now. It’s clear they have one of the best running backs in the state and now they have an unstoppable receiver on the outside. Watch out.
We want to also note that in this game, Zach Mills broke the single season rushing record set by Joe Spegal just last year. Mills accomplished that in just nine games of work. Impressive by the senior. He has 1900 yards heading into the state tournament. Congratulations to Zach.
First round of sectionals this week:
Yorktown vs Peru (WXFN will carry this game on Oct. 23rd)
Delta at Greenfield Central
Muncie Central vs Kokomo (WXFN will carry this game on Oct. 30th)