By Justin Hunter
CHURUBUSCO – Adams Central sneaked past host Churubusco, 17-14, in Friday night’s tough sectional semifinal football game Friday.
The loss ended the Eagles’ season at 9-2. Adams Central, now 10-2 for the year, moves on in sectional competition, Friday versus Southwood.
“Offensively, we did not play our best game,” said Churubusco head coach Paul Sade. “We made some plays, but came up short a few times. We lost to a great football team. Adams Central is one of the best teams in the state. I’m proud of how we played every week. The players always did what we asked and played hard.”
The Jets’ offense opened up an early 7-0 lead, taking the ball down the field for 99 yards in just nine plays. An Adams Central running back scampered for a 37-yard touchdown to complete the drive.
The Churubusco offense could not gain momentum but the Eagles’ defense kept pressure on the Jets quarterback, sacking him twice in the last minutes of the first quarter. One sack was recorded by Parker Curry, the other tallied by Reese Wicker.
The Churubusco offense scored to open the second quarter. Joey Emenhiser took the punt to the Adams Central 25-yard-line. Quarterback Tom Richards connected to Mason Anderson for a first down. Running back Nathaniel Keener scored on a 10-yard run and tied the game, 7-7, with 11:13 left in the first half.
Adams Central started the second half with the ball and scored on a 30-yard-run with 9:53 left in the third quarter. The extra point was good, including the Jets’ lead to 17-7.
The Churubusco offense was held to a three and out on its next drive. Adams Central drove the ball down the field all the way to the Churubusco eight-yard-line, but was halted on third and goal with a loss.
The Jets came up short on fourth and 20 with Parker Curry making the tackle.
With 6:03 left in the game, Churubusco’s Richard scored on a quarterback keeper. The extra point was good and the Eagles were within three points at 17-14.
The Eagles still trailed 17-14 with 6:03 remaining.
The Eagles’ defense forced a much needed three and out. But ’Busco’s offense fell short in the closing minutes.
Adams Central got the ball back with 2:48 remaining. In a crucial third down and three, the Jets picked up the first down and held on for the victory.
Sade said that even though the Eagles lost, he will remember the way the seniors led this year’s team.
“The seniors provided tremendous leadership and work ethic,” said Sade. “They set the bar high with their preparation and hopefully the younger guys learned from them.”