East Noble pulls away from Vikes in final quarter

After three tight quarters, host East Noble pulled away from the Huntington North High School varsity football team in the final frame, sticking the Vikings with a 36-20 defeat on Friday, Sept. 6.

The Vikings and Knights traded touchdowns in the first quarter, establishing a 7-7 tie that would last until halftime. The third quarter saw East Noble tally 10 points to take the lead, but Huntington North found the end zone to keep things close heading into the fourth at 17-14. In the final period, however, the Knights heated up, racking up 19 points while limiting the Vikes to just six to take the game.

With the loss, Huntington North opens Northeast 8 Conference play 0-1. Coach Bob Prescott’s team slips to 1-2 overall.

The Vikings’ offensive attack again centered on the run, with the team gaining 219 yards on 64 carries. Junior Lawson Shearer led the way, rushing for 95 yards on 19 attempts. Sophomore Garret Johnson added 85 yards on 21 totes while senior Deven Newcomb chipped in 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 runs.

Huntington North complimented its ground game with a productive night through the air. Quarterback Reid Johnson completed eight of 13 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s favorite target was sophomore Cam McCarver, who caught six passes for 68 yards and both scores.

Defensively, the Vikings got interceptions from Newcomb and Shearer. Junior Jackson Holzinger registered a fumble caused, which junior Nate Jacobs recovered.

With the win, East Noble improves to 3-0, 1-0 in conference.