KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) – In the fall of 2000 East Noble was able to catch “lightning in a bottle” according to Chris DePew, as the Knights won the program’s first state championship by defeating Plainfield 28-7 in the 4A title game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
It was – and still is – East Noble’s lone team state championship.
Senior David Gater led the way in the title game as East Noble scored on three consecutive possession in the first half to open a 21-7 lead at intermission. Already up 6-0 on a Jesse Cox touchdown run, Gater blocked a punt that was recovered by Josh Hitzeman in the endzone for a touchdown. Gater then threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Matt Spencer late in the second quarter.
After a scoreless third quarter East Noble’s Tyler Knox rumbled for an 11-yard touchodwn in the fourth, sealing the 28-7 win for the Knights.
East Noble rushed for 270 yards as a team while holding Plainfield to 80 yards on the ground. Overall, East Noble out-gained Plainfield 359 to 166.
The Knights, who finished 14-1 on the season, were led by head coach Tim Able. After the Knights won the championship Able left for the head coaching position at Decatur Central and DePew – Able’s offensive coordinator – took over the program. After eight seasons at Decatur Central Able spent three seasons leading New Palestine’s program. Able has spent the last three season at Triton Central.