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East Noble Knights reload, not rebuild

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KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Reaching its first state title game, since 2003, the East Noble Knights made history in 2019, playing in their third state championship game in program history.

Graduated now are Fort Wayne's NBC multi Must-See Moment winner quarterback Bailey Parker and a plethora of other talented Knights, but East Noble head coach Luke Amstutz still sees a ton of potential for 2020's team.

"Over the years, these kids have gotten to the point they expect to win every friday night," Amstutz said at Wednesday's team summer workout.

"I don't think that any of our kids last year are surprised we did, and I don't think that any of our guys this years have expectations to do anything less."

Dalton Stinson steps into some big shoes, as he replaces Parker, at quarterback.

Meanwhile, tailback Justin Marcellus returns after gaining over 1100 yards, last season.

Wideouts Nick Munson and Brett Custer bring additional athleticism to the skill positions.

New line play on both sides of the ball could be an X-factor to the the team's success.

Defensively, the program's record-holder in tackles, Jacob Van Gorder, leads the linebackers, while junior Rowan Zolmann comands the secondary.

"Lot of people probably believe we're going to take a step back, but we don't believe that's the case," Amstutz said.

"We have a lot of young men here who are really hungry to prove that's not going to be the case."

The Knights play their scrimmage at Concordia, before opening up at home against Plymouth a week later on August 21, 2020.

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is the Sports Director for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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