With a steady rain falling Friday, host and pass-oriented New Palestine figured to be at a distinct disadvantage against Class 5A No. 7 Whiteland and its ground-oriented attack.
Instead, the Class 4A No. 9 Dragons set the game’s tone early through the air and maintained it throughout the contest.
New Palestine scored two touchdowns on its first two possessions, and the Dragons added two second-quarter scores to build a 28-3 lead late in the first half. Whiteland played New Palestine even the rest of the way, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the host Dragons cruised to a 35-10 nonconference victory.