A week after a close call, New Palestine made sure their Hoosier Heritage Conference dominance would be tested again.
Greenfield-Central came close to ending a two-year Dragons winning streak in the conference, pushing Tim Able's team to the limit. In the end, New Palestine came out with a 21-19 victory and a 19-game regular season conference winning streak still in tact.
That kinda drama wasn't necessary on Friday night, when the Dragons made their way to Mount Vernon for their final regular season game of the season. A third consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference title was never truly in doubt as they beat the Mauraders 27-0 to finish the regular season 9-0.
It extends their conference winning streak to 20 games, one that has stood since August of 2009 and keeps them the No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A heading to the playoffs.
Connor Simmons seemed to have the Dragons on their way to a big blowout in the first quarter when he lead his team on a pair of scoring drives for a 13-0 lead after one. Mount Vernon's defense tightened in the second and early third quarters, keeping the lead to two scores with heavy pressure on Simmons.
Eventually New Palestine pulled away late in the third, getting a five-yard Matt Siergiej rushing touchdown after a turnover to push the lead to 20. Another touchdown late, coupled with a stingy defense, made for a drama-less fourth quarter on their way to a crown.
Able's team will open Sectional 13 play next Friday night at home against Muncie Central while the Mauraders will face Pendleton Heights on the road. The Arabians finished second in the standings behind the Dragons with a 6-1 conference record.