OKLAHOMA CITY — Austin Fisher simply could not be stopped.
The Noble (6-1, 4-0 5A-1) quarterback is in the midst of a career year and was able to do whatever he wanted to Western Heights’ defense in the first half of the Bears’ 48-7 victory.
His yardage numbers don’t leap off the page — 7 for 11 passing for 97 yards and 14 yards on the ground — but his five touchdown passes speak for themselves. Western Heights (3-4, 0-4 5A-1) had no answer for Fisher as he torched the Jets defense for his five touchdowns.
“He was crisp,” Noble coach Greg George said. “We came out and we were staying vanilla and
kind of not showing a lot from our offense. But he came out and did what he was supposed to do. It was a really good performance.”
However it wasn’t just Fisher that shined for the Bears, as Noble’s defense and special teams units stifled the Jet offense.
On the very first play of the game, Noble recovered a kickoff deep inside of Western Heights’ territory that set up the Bears’ first touchdown of the night. Then, Western Heights’ Tevun Thammavongsa sailed a deep pass right into the hands of the Noble defense on the very next drive.
Within the first five minutes of the game, the Bears had a 14-0 lead in large part to those two takeaways.
Thamavongsa tried and tried to make plays with his feet when the passing game just wasn’t working, but Noble contained him nearly every time he scrambled, and Western Heights didn’t cross midfield until its final drive of the half.
“We brought some stuff off the edge and our guys did a good job of knowing when they were going to run that jet sweep and just made a bunch of great plays in the backfield.” George said.
The Bears entered halftime with a 42-0 lead, but Western Heights showed some life on offense to start the second half.
On their opening drive of the half, the Jets stormed into Noble territory and it appeared that they were on the brink of putting their first points of the game on the scoreboard. But the Bears stayed focused, forced a fumble and recovered it to continue the shutout.
The Bears continued to play with focus and shut down Western Heights for nearly the entire second half. “You just try and preach to them ‘We have to get better every quarter,’” George said on keeping
his team motivated with a lead. “There’s a big picture that we’re looking at as far as where we want to be in 10 weeks and you just have to keep them focused. It’s tough with high school kids but they do a great job coming out and doing what they need to do.”
After the big road win, Noble will travel return home to take on MacArthru (3-3, 2-1 5A-1) next week.