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New Pal's Charlie Spegal ready for final high school moment in Friday's 5A championship

Charlie Spegal knows what's at stake.

 

With one game left in his high school career, the New Palestine running back has one more opportunity to win over college scouts, and, more importantly, add another state title to a laundry list of accomplishments. 

 

Spegal told Giant FM, this season has been a fun one. 

 

 

That "fun" began as a little kid who followed in the steps of his father, Chris. The elder Spegal was a running back at Eastern Hancock, who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior and senior. 

 

When he started acting football, he did so as a quarterback in the youth leagues of Muncie, before starting at Delta, where he ran for over 100 yards and two scores in his freshman debut against Jay County. Two years ago, he transferred to New Palestine when his father relocated his business and helped the Dragons win a Class 5A state title last fall. 

 

Spegal said last year's title was a credit to the work he and his teammates put in. 

 

While it would've been easy to relax, the senior did anything but, constantly working in the weight room and field to get better.

 

The work has paid off. 

 

Spegal is the first running back in IHSAA history to rush for over 3,000 yards in two different seasons. He is Indiana's all-time leading rusher with 10,707 yards and holds state records for touchdowns (174), rushing touchdowns (172) and points (1,048). This year, he leads the state with 54 touchdowns and has amassed 3,008 yards.

 

For head coach Kyle Ralph, Spegal is a "great kid to coach."

 

 

Ralph isn't the only one to notice.

 

Valparaiso coach Bill Marshall wasted little time telling his kids what the top rallying point this week was after the Vikings defeated Fort Wayne Dwenger 10-7 last week in semi state.

 

Marshall told Giant FM, Spegal is "tremendous."

 

Marshall said his team has heard stories of how strong and physical Spegal is. 

 

Spegal admits those quotes make him focus on what's at stake this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium, telling Giant FM he has to bring his "A" game.

 

 

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