LIGONIER, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Following up an impressive 8-3 record in 2018, the West Noble Chargers amped up their play another level, finishing 10-1 in 2019.
Following up a strong senior class, West Noble recharges entering the fall of 2020.
Head coach Monte Mawhorter seeks a new answer at quarterback, as his son Kyle graduates.
Replacing now Navy freshman Brandon Pruitt at tailback, brother Braxton Pruitt returns for his junior year. He and Guastavo Taylor will run behind an experienced line.
"I think our running game will be phenomenal," West Noble offensive lineman Wayne Hagerman said at practice.
"I just think everyone can live to their potential."
Pruitt not only can bring punch to the ground game but made All-State honors as a defensive end in his sophomore season.
"We've all been lifting and running pretty often," Pruitt said.
"We have enough players to step in and fill up all the skill positions that we're lacking."
Losing one of the top senior classes in program history can be looked at as a weakness, but West Noble doesn't see it that, rather as a privellege.
"Having played with those kids that graduated, last year, they realize that level of football you have to play if you want to be that good," Mawhorter said.
"It will be interesting to see if they can live up to that."
West Noble starts off its season hosting neighboring Central Noble on August 21, 2020.