By LEXI KANTZ
West Noble Chargers hosted the Lakeland Lakers at Chargers field on Friday night. The Lakers who are at the top of the NECC, proved their rank winning 33-0 over the Chargers.
“We came out and scored two touchdowns right off the bat. I give Monte’s team credit. They came to play,” said Lakeland’s head coach Keith Thompson.
The Lakers won the coin toss to start the game and after just three minutes the Lakers had their first points on the board with a score by Thomas Roebel. With the PAT good, the Lakers brought the score to 7-0 and shortly after brought the ball into Charger end zone again to bring the score up to 14-0 after a second touchdown by Taylor Raatz.
With a 14-0 deficit at the start of the second quarter, the Chargers searched to get on the board but drives stalled.
“We were missing quite a few guys due to injuries that we needed to make plays,” said West Noble’s coach Monte Mawhorter.
A long punt by the Chargers put the ball in territory for a gain as the offense continued with a complete pass to Riley McFarren advancing the ball five yards. The Chargers Levi Nelson carried the ball for 35 yards to give the West Noble offense some gain on the field. But the momentum ran out and the Lakers quickly regained the ball and went into halftime with a 14-0 lead.
To start the second half the Lakers received the ball after a Chargers punt to the 23-yard line. A quick rush by the Lakers’ Joel Miller for 67 yards brought another Lakeland touchdown to open the second half at 21-0. After a fumble recovery by the Chargers’ Dillon Alexander, the Chargers were able to gain some ground and move the ball into scoring range to end the third quarter.
“By the end of the third quarter we had lost our gas,” said Mawhorter.
Just three minutes into the fourth quarter Laker Thomas Roebel brought the ball in for a Lakeland touchdown and later by Quinten Bender to bring the final score to 33-0 over the Chargers.
Next week the undefeated Lakers face Prairie Heights in LaGrange for a 7 p.m. kickoff and the Chargers (1-4) travel as well to Churubusco for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.