KENDALLVILLE – Carroll coach Doug Dinan didn’t have to look hard for a reason his team lost to East Noble 27-7 Friday night.
The Chargers committed eight turnovers.
That’s the bottom line, end of story, Dinan said. They are a damn good team, and we didn’t play well at all.
East Noble (4-1, 2-1 NHC) forced Carroll (3-2, 1-2) into four fumbles and four interceptions in handing the Chargers their second straight loss. Dustin Mapes had two interceptions, and Walker Boyles had two fumble recoveries for the Knights.
I was just sitting back, waiting for the ball to come, Mapes said. We all hit hard, and we all bring it every play.
Boyles also caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score.
We make sure we know everything we have to leading up to the game, Boyles said of the scouting report on Carroll. They have great athletes, and if you know your plays and know what you are doing, you can beat them every time. Our defensive coaches know what is going on.
East Noble was short a player on defense as defensive back Brandon Mable missed the game because of disciplinary reasons. Mable, who is also a running back, could be out for two more games.
A teammate couldn’t go tonight, and guys stepped in and got it done. I am awful proud of them for doing that, East Noble coach Luke Amstutz said. We have guys who love to hit and fly around, and they did a great job tonight, jarring fumbles loose and flying around and getting interceptions. It was a beautiful thing to watch. Sometimes conditions like that cause that to happen. We were able to protect the ball a little better than they were, and that showed up on the scoreboard.
East Noble quarterback Bryce Wolfe threw for a touchdown and also ran for a score, and kicker Jared Teders hit a pair of 29-yard field goals.
Carroll had 273 yards but could only muster a touchdown run by Drue Tranquill. Charger quarterback Chandler Boggs threw four interceptions, while tight end Zac Edgar lost two fumbles. Five of the eight turnovers led to scores by East Noble.
We didn’t play well at all. Our level of execution on offense was terrible, and I don’t have an answer for that, Dinan said. We have to re-evaluate what we are doing.
East Noble jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter before Carroll cut the margin to 14-7 at halftime. The Knights outscored the Chargers 13-0 in the second half.
With Homestead’s 14-13 overtime loss to Bellmont, New Haven (3-0) is the lone unbeaten team in the conference. East Noble kept its conference championship hopes alive with the win over Carroll. New Haven comes to East Noble in Week 8.
This is the biggest game of the season, and we are going to bring it next week, too, Mapes said.