CHCA football coach Eric Taylor can’t say enough about senior quarterback Johnny Noyen this season.
“He’s been really good,” Taylor told Cincinnati.com this afternoon. “Lights out good.”
Noyen has thrown for 604 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles (3-1) entering tonight’s game against Dohn Community High School, a club team from Cincinnati.
Noyen also plays cornerback and is currently the team’s kicker and punter. He has nine tackles and a fumble recovery and two interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) on defense.
“He’s just been carrying the load,” Taylor said. “He’s a great leader. A high academic guy.”
What makes Noyen’s talent unique is the way he manages the offense in a very intelligent way. Taylor has been impressed with his quick pre-snap and post-snap decisions. Noyen said this afternoon he started calling plays at the line during the 2014 playoffs. He is well aware of details of a series including what the defense offers.
After CHCA’s second kicker was injured, Noyen stepped up on Sept. 11 during the pregame at New Richmond to help with those duties.
He had a season-high 245 yards passing and three touchdowns against New Richmond to go along with 22 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown.
“He does it all,” Taylor said.
After CHCA lost to Greeneview 35-28 Aug. 28, Noyen said he and his teammates worked to get things back on track. That was CHCA’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 27, 2012.
Noyen said he’s increased his vocal leadership this season – whether in games or in practice.
“It makes me feel very good,” Noyen said. “It’s my senior year and I want to help the team in any way possible.”
Noyen, who is 6 feet 1 and 189 pounds, won the LaRosa’s MVP Week 3 award in early September.
Taylor gave his standout kudos on Twitter. “Extremely proud of proud of CHCA QB Johnny Noyen winning the LaRosa’s Week 3 MVP. First player I’ve had win the award #honored.”
Noyen, who has offers from Dayton and Valparaiso along with interest from Butler, Davidson, Princeton and Eastern Michigan, has an athletics background in his family.
Both his parents are involved in supporting CHCA athletics. His brother, junior Nick Noyen, is a left tackle and nose guard. The brothers also play baseball at the school.
“Just an awesome family,” Taylor said.
Taylor described Nick Noyen as a “pit bull” when he steps on the field. “He’s an absolute caged animal,” Taylor said.
They will take a visit to the Eastern Michigan football program this weekend.
Success is nothing new to Johnny Noyen. As a junior, he threw for 1,715 yards and 23 touchdowns
in the regular season. He rushed for 372 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. He was Division V first-team all-district. He was special mention all-state.
Johnny Noyen, 17, has a 3.95 grade-point average and is leaning toward a major in business. For now, he’s committed to helping the Eagles make a deep run in the postseason.
He likes the way the team has been determined after the Week 1 loss.
“After Week 1 we could’ve folded after the loss,” Noyen said. “That really propelled us for the rest of the regular season.”