COLUMBIA CITY

The Columbia City football team is hoping to lift itself up at a home against East Noble, after losing to New Haven last week.

East Noble (4-2) is known for having an aggressive defense that will challenge the Eagles 7 p.m. Friday.

“East Noble is a tough opponent,” said Columbia City head coach Brett Fox. “They are

Columbia City football players meet in a huddle late in the game.

aggressive in what they do on both sides of the ball. They are constantly looking to blitz and to take shots down the field.”

Columbia City has focused on stopping the pass this week in practice.

“East Noble provides some things that we haven’t seen in a couple of weeks defensively while also throwing the ball around a lot,” said Fox.

Quarterback Andrew McCormick has passed for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. McCormick is a very accurate passer. He’s only thrown four interceptions in 156 pass attempts. Running back Kaiden Harshberger also presents a danger. Harshberger rushed 101 yards this season, but is more dangerous as a receiver. He has caught 46 receptions this season for 657 yards. Harshberger averages 110 yards per game, and the Eagles must limit his receptions and rush McCormick to throw in order to stop the Knights offense.

“We are looking on four things this week against East Noble,” said Fox. “Those are fundamentals, alignment, assignment and technique.”

CHURUBUSCO

Churubusco’s football team will travel to Albion to face Central Noble this Friday.

The Cougars (5-1) will try to halt Churubusco’s undefeated record. Central Noble presents a challenge for the Eagles. The Cougars have a stealthy running game, rushing the ball for 1,912 yards this season, for an average of 7.4 yards per carry.

“They are very difficult to defend because they run right at you and are extremely physical on the offensive line. Behind that great line are some of the best athletes in the area, with

Teammates celebrate with Josh Bear after he scored a touchdown in the first half of last week’s game.

a lot of speed,” said head coach Paul Sade. “Defensively they play very aggressively and get a lot of guys to the football quickly. They swarm and smother the opposing offense.”

Central Noble’s key players are running backs Breeon Burgess and Braxton Dial. Burgess has 314 rushing yards and five touchdowns so far, this season. He also has 27 tackles as a linebacker. Dial has added 163 yards and a pair of scores to complement the rushing attack. Dial also has 19 tackles as linebacker.

Sade said playing on the road against Central Noble brings challenges in itself.

“We are going to have to be prepared for the most physical football game we have played in for quite some time,” Sade said. “The environment will be one we have not played in on the road for a long time, and our guys will need to focus on executing fast and doing their jobs.”