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Night of perfect execution for Knights

– This is how crazy fun Friday night was for East Noble and how forgettable it was for visiting Columbia City: Knights senior Tyler Housholder outscored the Eagles by six points. And he’s the kicker.

Lopsided doesn’t begin to describe East Noble’s 79-7 NHC victory over Columbia City.

There aren’t enough letters in “rout” to put a handle on this one.

A week after giving unbeaten New Haven all it wanted in an overtime loss, Columbia City (3-4, 2-3) got all it wanted from East Noble (5-2, 3-2). And the Knights gave plenty, which included a 56-0 lead at the half.

“We executed well,” East Noble’s first-year coach Luke Amstutz said. “Honestly, the first half of that game was one of the best-executed halves of football that I’ve ever witnessed in a high school game. We played really good. We played hard. We hit. We blocked. We did all of the things you have to do.”

And Columbia City, plagued by injuries, including a broken leg to receiver Jared Murphy, had difficulty with nearly everything.

“Last week we adjusted pretty well with guys going out and being depleted with injuries, but I think we were very hesitant and we were waiting for somebody to make a play,” Columbia City coach Randy Hudgins said. “That kind of got us out early, and it kind of snowballed from there.”

Try avalanche, since it was 35-0 after the first quarter and the deficit grew larger with each pass and passing quarter.

Senior quarterback Nic Weimer set a single-game school record with six touchdown passes, completing 20 of 24 for 318 yards.

Three of his touchdown passes went to Grey Fox for 8, 19 and 22 – all in the first half. Brandon Mable got the show on the road with the first one – a 40-yarder on the Knights’ third offensive play of the game. Weimer got essentially a 60-yard pad-the-stats touchdown on a shovel pass to Kyle Mundon, and all but closed the night with a 3-yard flip to Tom Woehnker.

“We executed,” Weimer said. “Our defense started out with a three-and-out. Our offense went out there and executed and did everything we needed to do. Very few mistakes, and that helped us a lot.”

In addition to his three touchdown catches, Fox also had a 13-yard touchdown run.

Columbia City’s lone score came with 11.3 seconds left when a snap from center sailed into the end zone, where the Eagles recovered.

stwarden@jg.net

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