WATERLOO-In a game that was relevant for conference championship implications, tonight was more about gaining insight on the East Noble Knights as they look to enter into the heart of their NE8 schedule.
From opening kickoff, East Noble dominated and never looked back.
Not even 3 min into the game, the Knights-facing a 4th down situation-found a hole as Kainon Carico turned on the after burners for 54 yards to the DeKalb 16. This later set up Zander Brazel’s touchdown run to make it 7-0. Brazel’s night was just starting.
On their second drive, Brazel connects with tight end Brett Christian for a 29-yard TD pass and a 13-0 lead (PAT failed). Their third drive resulted in Brazel’s second TD pass this time a 12-yard dart to Nick Munson. After the 2-point conversion, it’s 21-0 EN.
DeKalb punts again. Knights get the ball back and scores again. It’s Zander Brazel finding Munson again for a 48-yard tocuhdown pass and a 28-0 lead after a quarter. East Noble didn’t had to punt until there was 1:16 left in the first quarter.
A 36-yard TD run for Ethan Nickles made it a 35-0 Knights lead. And with just seconds to spare till halftime, Brazel’s pass leads to an amazing one-handed catch from Rowan Zolman.
That would make it a 42-0 East Noble lead going into the half with a running clock in play for the remainder of the game. Zander Brazel finished with 9-14 completion for 210 yards with 4 passing TD’s and a rushing TD.
The lone highlight of the third quarter was a 38-yard field goal by East Noble’s Nick Kline (his first of the season). There were some positives from the Barons as their offense was starting to get things going in the second quarter. Nick Snyder had some nice carries in the second and third quarters, and Tegan Irk was getting solid passes connected to Donnie Wiley and Dylan Overbay. But most of the game was highlighted by the number of times East Noble’s huge front 7 was dominating from the line of scrimmage and pressuring the hard-throwing junior.
Despite the number of missed opportunities, the Barons were able to get on the board as Irk found Wiley from 11 yards out in the end zone with 56 seconds remaining. Knights remain unbeaten as this sets up a huge Week 5 showdown with their rivals Leo in Kendallville.
Leo beat New Haven tonight 53-15 to remain unbeaten in conference as well.