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Mike Wright, the head coach of the Talawanda Braves, has plenty to be excited about. He heads into his fourth season at the helm with one of the area’s most underrated talents leading the Braves' defense, Noah Krall.
Krall emerged last year as one of the league’s top tacklers while earning the respect of the opposition and their coaches. He has a knack for coming up with the big play when needed.
Krall blew up FAVC offenses as junior on his was to earning first team All-Southwest District honors at linebacker in 2007. He tallied 72 solo tackles and never had less than five in a game.
The senior-to-be has a nose for the ball too as he recovered three fumbles and forced two others. Krall added 2.5 sacks to his resume as well. He always seems to be in fifth gear on the football field.
“His motor never stops. He is full go all the time," Wright said. "He never takes a play off. He doesn't know what it means to go half speed."
The 5-foot-10, 190 pound linebacker is starting to get noticed on and off the field by MAC schools.
The 17-year old is the epitome of the student athlete according to his coach.
“Noah is a genuinely nice kid. Who works hard in the classroom, with a 3.5 GPA, and is liked by his teachers and his peers” says Wright.
Expectations will be high for the Braves in ’08 after winning five of their last six games to end last season. The defense gave up 15 points or less three times in the final five contests.
Talawanda faces many challenges on defense and Krall will be counted on more than ever before.
“He will be our leader on the defensive side of the ball. We'll have a bunch of young players with very little experience and Noah will have to take those guys under his wing” Wright states.
Coach Wright has seen something special in the young man ever since he took over at the helm. Krall has been a varsity contributor since his freshmen year, which is saying something at the Division II level. A coach won’t jeopardize a kids psyche at age 14 unless they are physically capable and tough enough mentally to handle the grind.
Krall has mastered everything that has been thrown his way. Being the leader of the pack is something that comes natural for him. One thing is for certain, he won’t rest on his laurels. The Brave will embrace this opportunity. This is his time to shine and this star has a bright future ahead.
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