The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

October 23, 2013

Arabians face tough task of slaying Dragons

PENDLETON — John Broughton knew this day was coming sooner or later.

He would have preferred later.

But if the Pendleton Heights football coach has learned anything in his 38 years on the sideline, it’s that you can’t always get what you want. And there’s no use complaining about it.

The Arabians (4-5) received one of the toughest sectional draws in the state and will host Class 4A No. 2 New Palestine (9-0) in the first round Friday night.

“The only thing I can tell you is to win that sectional you’re going to have to beat the No. 2 team in the state at some point,” Broughton said. “We’ve just gotta play ‘em right off the bat.”

Pendleton Heights has been down this road before, losing 46-7 at New Palestine on Sept. 6.

The Dragons have earned all the frightening comparisons their nickname inspires. They average 42.4 points per game and allow 6.9. The 20-0 victory against rival Mount Vernon last week that clinched the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship was their tightest contest of the season.

New Palestine’s other “close” games include a 35-14 win at Yorktown and a 35-10 decision against Whiteland. The Dragons have scored at least 41 points in every other contest and haven’t allowed more than 14 all season.

In Blake Luker, New Palestine has a duel-threat quarterback who is as dangerous with his arm as he is with his legs. Luker completed 22 of 29 pass attempts for 334 yards and four touchdowns and ran 12 times for 70 yards and another score in the first meeting against Pendleton Heights.

Wide receiver Tyler Walden caught 14 of those passes for a school-record 212 yards and two scores against the Arabians.

For the season, Luker has completed 72 percent of his throws for 1,854 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s also the Dragons’ leading rusher with 814 yards and 15 scores on 103 carries. Walden has 59 catches for 874 yards and nine touchdowns.

Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lady Ravens refusing to lose

    The Anderson University softball team swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Transylvania University on Saturday at Raven Field to finish a perfect 8-0 at home this season.

    April 19, 2014

  • Arabians win third straight County softball title It was a scenario Pendleton Heights had seen before. The game was scoreless late into the championship game of the Madison County softball tournament.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bulldogs rally past Eagles at Muller Kallen Brooks went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double in the eighth inning, and Lapel rallied to defeat rival Frankton 3-2 on Saturday at Memorial Field.

    April 19, 2014

  • Eagles stop Lions to claim third place Frankton's Tia Sharp drove in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles defeated Liberty Christian 11-1 here Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • PH pushes across only run in 7th

    After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

    April 18, 2014