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Shelbyville overpowered by New Palestine's ground game in 52-0 loss

New Palestine celebrated head coach Kyle Ralph’s 100th career victory in a 52-0 victory Friday over Shelbyville.

The Dragons (4-3, 4-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) racked up 378 rushing yards and scored on eight straight possessions to down the Golden Bears (1-3, 0-2 HHC).

Shelbyville managed just four first downs and 98 yards of offense against one of the best teams in the HHC.

Grayson Thomas had 153 rushing yards and three touchdowns to become the first New Palestine sophomore to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards.

Kyler Kropp had two rushing touchdowns and Isaiah Thacker and Blaine Nunnally also reached the end zone.

Jake Wells added a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

The road does not get any easier for Shelbyville, who hosts Class 4A, No. 6 Mount Vernon (6-1, 5-0 HHC) Friday at McKeand Stadium in the final regular season home contest.

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