4:57 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
PENDLETON - The new excitement over the recent success of Pendleton Heights football has had just one problem.
Their rivals to the south continue to act as consistent party crashers.
For the past nine seasons New Palestine has defeated the Arabians including a 34-21 win in 2011, handing John Broughton's team its only regular season defeat.
But after nearly a decade of frustration, Pendleton Heights finally broke through. Using a strong second quarter, the Arabians easily bested New Palestine 43-13 at home on Friday night to improve to 3-0 on the season.
The game was tied at seven when the Arabians turned the tide to their side with a few plays in their end. After stopping a Dragons drive on fourth down inside their own five yard line, Pendleton Heights turned it around when Jim Arney broke a 92-yard run down the sidelines for a touchdown and an Arabians lead.
A few minutes later Pendleton's special teams made a big play when Jake Brooks hit a New Palestine returner on a punt and took the ball away. He went the remaining 20-yards untouched to make it 21-7 Arabians.
Nick Survant helped the Dragons stay in it momentarily when he dashed 21-yards to paydirt on the ensuing drive. A missed extra point kept New Palestine from cutting into the lead more as they stayed behind 21-13.
Pendleton Heights made sure not to let that momentum last as they proceeded to drive down the field and score on their next possession. Jon Furrow when 24-yards untouched for the score to push the lead to 28-13 and the Arabians were never contested after that.
Both of the teams will be headed to Lucas Oil Stadium for games next Saturday. Pendleton Heights will face Shelbyville at 12:05 P.M. while New Palestine faces Delta at 7:15 P.M.
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