Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 23, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Chargers regroup

Experienced West Noble could take step forward

By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS

LIGONIER — Last season was a long and frustrating one for Monte Mawhorter’s West Noble Chargers.                

West Noble posted a 1-9 mark – the only victory a 52-27 win over Central Noble.                

Success as a whole has been hard to come by for the Chargers over the years: West Noble has just 14 winning seasons in the entire history of the program, which dates back to 1968.                

The Chargers have never won a sectional, and their last winning season was an 8-2 mark in 2005. The Chargers have won just 14 games since then.                

But Mawhorter and his team are turning the page and hopeful about 2013. The team’s slogan is “Do it until you can’t do it no more.”                

And with experience back on both sides of the ball – and 20 returning letterwinners – if experience counts for anything, then last year’s growing pains could pay dividends for the Chargers in 2013.                

That’s what Mawhorter is hoping, anyway.                

“We played a lot of young kids last year,” Mawhorter said. “We had a lot of sophomores and juniors, and now those guys are juniors and seniors.”                

Despite the loss of all NECC running back Erik Mawhorter – the coach’s son who is now playing at Trine University – the Chargers have weapons. Senior quarterback Landon Stover(5-10, 160) returns to run Mawhorter’s split-back offense. The Chargers did amass yardage last year, averaging 178 rushing and 65 passing yards in 2012.                

Stover was 45-of-131 for 612 yards and five TDs last season. Targets for Stover will include junior Payton Schrock (6-0, 170).                

Stover said one key for the Chargers is limiting turnovers, which were a bit of a bugaboo last season. Stover also knows as a senior, he’s expected to step up and lead.                

He’s more than ready for the challenge.                

“There’s going to be adversity,” Stover said. “When it happens, it’s my job to help us bounce back.”                

The Chargers’ leading returning rusher is sophomore Bradley Martin (5-10, 175), who had 157 yards on 28 carries with a TD last season.                

The offensive line is a work in progress, with only junior center Steven Ramirez (5-10, 240) returning. Junior Luke Wechter (5-10, 190) is in the mix at a guard spot, with seniors Carlos Medina (6-0, 200) and Adam Hursey (6-3, 250) the tackles. On defense, the Chargers also return 10 starters to man their 4-3 base scheme. But after giving up 48.5 ppg. last season, that unit must make major strides in 2013 if the Chargers are to take a step forward in the win column.           

Medina, Hursey and Ramirez all should see action at defensive tackle positions, with Wechter and junior Levi Nelson (5-9. 185) at ends. Wechter and sophomore Kyler Warble (6-2, 210) are in the mix for linebacker spots, with Shrock and Martin helping anchor the secondary.                

The Chargers open the 3013 season this Friday night at home against Angola.

West Noble Roster

SENIORS


 Landon Stover, QB/DB    5-10    160

  Carlos Medina, OL/DE    6-0    200

  Adam Hursey, OL/DT    6-3    250

  Joe Lee, OL/DE    6-0    180

   

JUNIORS

  Brandon Moser, WR/DB    6-2    165

  Payton Schrock, RB/DB    6-0    170

  Ethan Kiser, WR/LB    5-8    170

  Riley McFarren, WR/DB    5-9    170

  Josh Alexander, RB/TE/LB    5-10    175

  Levi Nelson, RB/DE    5-9    185

  Sean Bush, TE/DE    5-10    185

  Luke Wechter, OL/LB    5-10    190

  Dillon Alexander, OL/DE    6-0    180

  Cameron Meyers, OL/DT    5-8    140

  Kyler Warble, OL/LB    6-2    200

  Steven Ramirez, OL/DT    5-10    240

  NathanHoogsteen, OL/DT    6-0    220



SOPHOMORES

  Zane Swartz, QB/DB    5-9    170

  Damiam Breetz, RB/DB    5-10    160

  Braydon Becker, WR/DB    5-7    150

  Bradley Martin, RB/DB    5-10    175

  Tim Airgood, WR/DB    5-10    150

  Nathan Collett, OL/DE    5-9    165

  Nathan Cardinal, OL/LB    6-0    220

  Zach Ratliff, OL/DE    5-11    175

  Tyler Huff, OL/DT    6-0    240

  James Hossler, OL/DT    5-9    230

  Jesse Newman, OL/DT    5-9    260

  Juilian Lupercio, WR/DB     5-7    135

  Steven Reyes, OL/LB    6-0    210



FRESHMEN  

   Noah Swartz, QB/DB    5-7    145

   Michael Monahan, RB/DB    5-8    150

   Dylan Sherwin, TE/LB    5-9    180

   Caleb Alexander, RB/LB    6-1    180

   Aaron Miller, OL/LB    5-6    160

   Kristopher Kiser, OL/LB    5-5    160

   Tyler Stump, OL/DT    6-3    240

   Jonathan Cavazos, OL/DE    5-9    180

   Scott Bemen, WR/DB    5-9    140

   Head coach: Monte Mawhorter, 15th season, 57-80 overall.

   Assistants: Tom Marsh, Lance McFarren, Grant Baumgartner and Nick Bradley.



West Noble Schedule

Aug. 23 — Angola    H

Aug. 30 — Eastside    T

Sept. 6 —  Garrett    H

Sept. 13 — Fairfield    T

Sept. 20 — Lakeland    H

Sept. 27 — Churubusco    H

Oct. 4 — Central Noble    H

Oct. 11 — Prairie Heights    T

Oct. 18 — Fremont    H

Oct. 25 — 3A Sectional begins