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Noah Kung, Walpole High football eyeing a reversal after loss

Walpole High captain Noah Kung (center) and teammates stood ready before last Friday night’s game against Needham, but coach Barry Greener (left) was disappointed in the 26-6 loss.
Walpole High captain Noah Kung (center) and teammates stood ready before last Friday night’s game against Needham, but coach Barry Greener (left) was disappointed in the 26-6 loss. Photos by Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

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It was one play, one glimpse at his power, and might, on a night when not much went right for Noah Kung and his Walpole High teammates.

The Rebels were facing a third-and-8 call from their own 38 early in Friday’s nonleague matchup at Needham. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior center snapped the ball to quarterback Will Bolster, marked his target, and then let muscle memory take over.

He leaned on the skills that he has honed on the wrestling mat, where he compiled a 27-6 mark last winter competing at 220 pounds.

Despite Kung’s power move, Needham had the clear advantage Friday night, pulling away for a relatively easy 26-6 victory. But the Rebels remain confident that they will bounce back Friday against Dedham.

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