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Eagles shutout Fremont

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Shutout Fremont
The Churubusco Eagles defeated Fremont 14-0 on Friday night led by junior Kyle Mathewson’s 179 yards on 18 carries. The Eagle offense ran for 320 yards and passed for 86 yards. And a stingy Eagle defense,  allowed only four first downs along with 68 total yards.
Coach Lee Etzler commented, “I’m really proud of them with their effort. You know the last few seasons we have had some really good defenses, we take pride in it and the way the kids played tonight shows that.”
The Churubusco defense was put to the test early as the Eagles fumbled the first snap from scrimmage. With Fremont deep in Eagle teritory, on the twenty the defense responded holding Fremont to just six yards on three plays forcing them to try a field goal. After a penalty backed them up Fremont missed the 40-yard field goal attempt.
Busco would go three and out on their next offensive possession.
The Eagle defense held Fremont in check the rest of the half. They surrendered just one first down on their next four series with the other three series being three and out for Fremont.
On Churubusco’s  next possession they would begin on their own 25 yard line. Following a motion pentality, Mathewson ran for nine yards. On the next play Kyle Monk ran right and pitched to Shawn McCoy and McCoy took the ball down to the Fremont 44 yard line, a 27 yard gain for the Eagles. Monk ran the sweep for nine yards. Mathewson bulled his way up the middle for a pair of five yard gains. A holding pentality set Busco back to the 37 yard line. Mathewson took the ball, ran left, hit the open hole, kicked it to the outside, shifted to high gear and nobody was going to catch the Busco fullback. Jordan Hamilton came on to kick the extra point but was wide left on his attempt.
“He is probably the fastest kid that I have coached here at Churubusco,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “Kyle is still learning the position, and this was his first game playing at fullback. He missed a couple of holes early. Kyle will get a better feel as the season progresses.”
On the Eagles’ next position Kyle Monk hit Jordan Hamilton instride for an 82 yard touchdown. Busco decided to go for the two point conversion. Monk dropped back and found a diving Layne Fulk for the two points.
Busco shut down Fremont again pushing them back. Jordan Turner sacked Nick Herndon for an 11 yard loss, all the way back to the five yard line.
The Eagles had two more possessions in the first half, both of them coming up short of a score. A dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down ended one series. In the other one Monk scrambled down the side lines as time ran out in the half.
Rain moved in at halftime and settled in for most of the third quarter. Fremont came out stunning the Eagle defense for two quick first downs, moving into Eagle territory for the first time since their first possession. The Busco defense adjusted and shut down Fremont forcing them to punt.
The Eagles moved the ball against the Fremont defense, but penalties stalled their drive. Two more three and outs by the Fremont offense kept their tired defense on the field most of the second half.
The Eagles continued to chew up yardage. Back-up fullback Bryce Shively, entered the game  in the fourth quarter, gaining 26 yards on four carries.
“I didn’t know what to expect from us up front, and I thought we played very physical up front. Our offensive line was able to out preform the much bigger Fremont defense, creating holes for our backs to run through,” explained Coach Etzler. “ But we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with pentalites and fumbles.”
Fremont didn’t quit, they connected for a 42 yard pass  play, down to the Eagles’ 30 yard line with three minutes remaining. The drive was halted by the Eagle defense. McCoy forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Nicodemus.
The offense ran out the clock bringing home a 14-0 victory.

Cougars come to town this Friday

(August 26, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

The Churubusco Eagles defeated Fremont 14-0 on Friday night led by junior Kyle Mathewson’s 179 yards on 18 carries. The Eagle offense ran for 320 yards and passed for 86 yards. And a stingy Eagle defense,  allowed only four first downs along with 68 total yards.

Lady Eagles open season with mixed emotions

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Lady Eagles drop two
by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
The Lady Eagles played with a lot of emotion as they opened their season. They had an away match against Leo last Tuesday, dropping three straight sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-22.
“We had some heavy hearts out there tonight, and you could see it early on, see the girls struggle without Megan.  I thought we all handled it well,” stated Coach Mark Bankson. “I thought we got better as the night went on.”
Opening the season with an opponent like Leo, will definitly let you know where you stand. The Eagles loosened up by the third game and just had some fun out there. They fought back from nine points down and made a run at Leo in the end.
Alexis Bankson led the Lady Eagles with 13 assists and three blocks. Alexis also added four kills, three digs and a serving ace.
“Do we have technical things we need to work on, absolutely, but as a whole I think we’re pretty pleased with their performance here tonight,” said Coach Bankson.
Thursday Churubusco hosted Garrett, and pre-game ceremonies included the retiring of Megan Young’s framed jersey, number four. It was presented to Athletic Director Lee Etzler by the senior volleyball players. Megan’s jersey will be displayed at all home matches in the commons outside the gym. The players and coaches proudly wore tee shirts with Young 4, on the back of their shirts. Players jerseys displayed a black patch with “MY 4” on their left chest. Their wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Coach Mark Bankson spoke of Megan and presented the jersey to the senior girls.
When asked about the emotions carrying over to the court, Coach Bankson replied, “We had to overcome that, we knew that it was a possibility tonight because you got so many emotions in play.”
The Lady Eagles dropped the match two games to three against Garrett. All five matches went to the wire, with each of the first four decided by two points. Churubusco dropped the first 26-24, but fought back and took the next two by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. The Railroaders won game four by a score of 27-25, forcing a fifth and deciding game. Garrett out- lasted the Eagles taking the game 15-11, and the match three to two.
“Middle play was spotty, we were not consistent throughout the whole match,   we got a little flat and tentative at times,” explained Coach Bankson.  “We have got to learn to have that aggression and that if you got a lead stay on it. When we get that back we’ll be o.k.”
Taylor Amber led the Eagles in kills with 19, followed by Hannah Dodson and Taylor Henning with nine apiece. Ashlie Shelton had four serving aces while Danielle Hartmann added three and Amber with two. Dig leaders were Hartmann 41, Bankson 35 and Amber 24. Henning led in blocks with four, while Bankson added three and Nikki Sanders had two.
The Lady Eagles hit the road this week at Whitko on Tuesday. They travel to Bluffton on Thursday and go to Adams Central next Monday, August 31st.
Tuesday, September 1st will be “Black and Gold” night,  as the Lady Eagles host Columbia City. Any student dressing in “Black and Gold” will be able to purchase a ticket for only $2. Porkburgers will be available at the concession stands. Come out and support your Lady Eagle volleyball team.

(August 26, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

The Lady Eagles played with a lot of emotion as they opened their season. They had an away match against Leo last Tuesday, dropping three straight sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-22.