The #1 team in 5A and #2 overall in the state came to Neal Field Friday. New Pal is a juggernaut, but they were given a fight and ended up beating NC 56-14. New Pal jumped out to a 21-0 lead after 1 quarter, and that is when NC’s defense came alive. New Pal all state running back Charlie Spiegel is a load to tackle as he is 5’11” and 225 lbs. But NC hit him often and hard and made him earn his yards. New Pal has played their starters the 2nd half of games twice this season, as they are normally up 60-70 points at half. This game they played until the final drive of the game, with 4 minutes remaining. Nicholas Grieser had an interception and 16 tackles in the first half. Trenton Williams, Colin Holcomb, Stephen Spears, Dylan Beck, and Mason Hardwick played their tails off on defense and at half it was 35-0 New Pal, the 3rd lowest scoring half of the year for them.
Starting he second half, NC received the kick but had to punt. NP scored a TD to go up 42-0. After another NC punt, Nicholas Grieser jumped the short route, picked the ball off and returned it 63 yards for a New Castle Touchdown. Brandon Matney, Chandler Marcum, and Dylan Beck hit key blocks during the return where Grieser cut all the way across the field. Drew Barber hit Luke Bumbalough for the 2 point conversion and it was 42-8. On the next play, NP scored making it 49-8. NC turned it over on downs and New Pal scored again. Then the drive of the year for NC’s offense began at the New Pal 22 with 2 minutes and 33 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Running the wildcat formation, Luke Bumbalough ran and threw the ball down the field, getting 3 first downs on 4th down. Bumbalough, Dakota Durick, and Gage Burk ran hard and ate up clock. Bumbalough finally scored from 25 yards out to culminate a 19 play, 78 yard drive that took 10 minutes and 25 seconds of game. The 2 point conversion failed and the final score was 56-14 NC.
Offensively for NC, Drew Barber was 9-21 for 73 yards and 2 int. Bumbalough had 4 catches for 65 yards, ran 11 times for 57 yards, and completed a pass to Durick for 6 yards. Grieser, Triston Chesher, Brandon Matney, and Tytus Ragle all had 1 catch.
Defensively, Nicholas Grieser had 22 tackles, 2 interceptions, including the pick 6 and 2 passes defended. Trenton Williams had 14 tackles, Colin Holcomb 13, Stephen Spears 11, Dylan Beck 9, and Mason Hardwick 8. D Ray Ford had a tackle for loss, as well as Grieser, Spears, Williams, and Beck. These boys fought their tails off against one of the best teams in the state and didn’t back down.
NC moves to 4-4 on the season and closes at Greenfield next Friday night at 7:30.