New Pal has won 44 straight games for a reason. They are solid in every position, and very well coached. NC travelled to New Pal and came away with a 56-24 loss. New Pal hit us hard early and often taking a 21-0 lead after 1 and a 42-7 lead at half. NC’s score came on a Niah Williamson to Luke Bumbalough 11 yard TD pass and Carter Brown hit the PAT.
NC got the ball to start the second half and showed serious heart and fight, moving it 65 yards, culminating in a Williamson to Tytus Ragle 1 yard TD. Brown’s PAT made it 42-14. New Pal struck quickly, scoring to make it 49-14. After punts by both teams, NC was moving as the 3rd quarter ended.
On the first possession of the 4th quarter, NC moved the ball, but stalled and Brown came on and hit a 39 yard field goal to make it 49-17. New Pal moved the ball, but turned it over on downs at the NC 3 yard line. On the next possession, Williamson threw an interception that New Pal returned to the 1 and scored on the next play to make it 56-17. On the ensuing kickoff, Bumbalough fielded the ball at the 15, took his time, and then broke to the outside and broke 3 tackles to take it 85 yards to the house for the final score of the game. Skyler Stevenson added the pat, and it was 56-24. New Pal pulled their starters with 2:50 left in the game, as NC outscored them 17-14 in the second half.
Offensively for NC, Williamson completed 23 of 46 passes for 266 yards, 2 TDs and 3 ints. Bumbalough caught 10 passes for 91 yards and a TD, Triston Chesher 8 for 112 yards, Dakota Durick 2 for 34, Nicholas Grieser 2 for 24, and Ragle 1 for 1 and a TD. NC moved the ball, accumulating 22 first downs in the game, but shot themselves in the foot and couldn’t put up the TDs to keep up.
Defensively, Grieser and Dylan Beck had 11 total tackles each, Trenton Williams and Travis Reeves both had 9, Stephen Spears 8, and Colin Holcomb 6. Bryton Tuttle, Spears, Dalton Hicks, and Beck had tackles for loss.
NC moves to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in the HHC. Senior night is next Friday at Neal Field against Greenfield Central, where the boys of fall look to secure the first winning season since 1984. Game time is 7:30. Thanks to all who travelled to New Pal. Great crowd for NC. These boys are going to be fine. We got better and fought with one of the top teams in the state the second half. We will be ready to beat GC.