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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:00 am

High school football

Central Noble shows its toughness in upset



1. Snider (7-0)

2. Homestead (6-1)

3. New Haven (7-0)

4. Woodlan (6-0)

5. Angola (7-0)

6. Leo (5-2)

7. Bishop Dwenger (5-2)

8. East Noble (5-2)

9. South Adams (6-1)

10. Adams Central (5-2)

Optimism abounds with the Central Noble football team, and for good reason after earning a share of the NECC small division title with Friday's 19-17 upset of Churubusco, which was ranked fourth in Class A.

It was a game Cougars coach Greg Moe had circled on the calendar “since last November,” when he commenced weightlifting sessions to strengthen a squad that was often overmatched and undersized during 2016's 2-8 campaign.

And the veteran coach still had one last trick up his sleeve for his final game preparation.

“I challenged them on Monday. I told them we were not tough enough to beat this team,” Moe said. We had some adversity and we made some mistakes, but in the end they showed their toughness and they came through and won the football game.”

Coming off the emotional victory, how do the Cougars avoid a letdown with the outright crown on the line at Eastside this Friday?

“Greg Moe can take care of that,” Moe said. “We'll celebrate tonight, and we'll start on Eastside at 9 o'clock (Saturday) morning.”

Kicker comes through

Michael Garrett was 3 for 3 on field-goal attempts, including the 27-yarder with 1:02 left that was the difference in Bishop Dwenger's 15-14 victory over Bishop Luers at Zollner Stadium.

Not only did Garrett, a junior, show his skill with his leg, the Saints showed that they're prepared for such pressure-filled situations.

“It's practice,” Garrett said. “We do fast (plays) and coach will call me out there, do a countdown. It's just like any other kick.”

Saints coach Chris Svarczkopf pointed out that the Saints have a staff to make sure kickers, punters and kicking teams know what to do and when to do it.

“We've got a coach dedicated to kickers and we've got a coach dedicated to punters,” he said. “The kicking coach is Dave Bierbaum and he's been with me now for many, many years. Coach Tom Downham coaches the punters. And they trade off as far as other responsibilities with the kicking game. So it's a team effort.”