East Noble knew it would have to score alot of points to beat Homestead on Friday, and the Knights did just that.
Entering the game, the speedy Spartans had scored 107 points in two games.
The Knights gave up 46, but scored three more in a dramatic 49-46 win over the host Spartans.
Quarterback A.J. Dove threw for 309 yards and three scores and rushed for 98 more and two more touchdowns.
"We knew we had the firepower," Dove said. "Coming out we scored first, and they responded, and we knew it was going to be a boxing match out there, and we came out on top."
The two teams combined for more than 1,000 total yards and had four touchdowns (two each) before four minutes had elapsed in the game.
But it came down to two clutch throws by Dove in the final seconds, including a flip pass as he was falling down on a second-down play, and then the game-winner to Nathan Mueller (who caught two touchdown passes) with 13 seconds remaining.
"I haven't had that much fun coaching in years, and winning had a lot to do with it," East Noble coach Chris DePew said. "It was a wild start, a wild first half, and we were down two scores in the second half, and the defense came up big in the second half. And Dove making the big plays at the end. If that isn't something legends are made of, I don't know what is. That kid played one heckuva game."
It's the most points the Spartans have given up since a 55-18 loss to Norwell in 2006.
"I told the kids there's only one thing to do and that is go back to work (Saturday) and see where are weakness are and see how they exposed us the way they did and figure out how to stop them," Homestead coach Chad Zolman said. "We will have to go back to the drawing board a little bit (Saturday)."
Offensively, the Spartans were darn near perfect but could have won if not for three consecutive missed PAT attempts (two runs and a pass) in the second and third quarters.