Eagles come up short in sectional semifinal

Churubusco’s Austin Lehman and Trevor Holloway chase after an Adams Central ball carrier. Justin Hunter

Churubusco’s Trevor Holloway catches up with a Adams Central ball carrier. Justin Hunter

Gage Kelly gets shoved out of bounds, which resulted in a pneatly and gave the Eagles a first down in the fourth quarter. Justin Hunter

Head coach Paul Sade speaks to his team after their sectional loss. Justin Hunter

A Churubusco coach consoles injured senior running back Garrett Horn after the post season loss. Justin Hunter

Caleb Blake (left) and Cody Murphy (right) converse on the sidelines before kickoff. Justin Hunter

The Churubusco offense lines up under center, before breaking into a legal formation. Justin Hunter

The Churubusco offense breaks a huddle in the semifinal sectional game. Justin Hunter

The Eagles’ defense soars to tackle a Jets ball carrier. Justin Hunter

Quarterback Tom Richards runs the ball while looking down the field for recievers. Justin Hunter

Nathaniel Keener gets up after carrying the ball in for a touchdown. Justin Hunter

The Churubusco student section makes noise for the defense before a third down. Justin Hunter

The Churubusco football teams runs onto the field before the semifinal sectional game. Justin Hunter

By Justin Hunter

jhunter@kpcmedia.com

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.

A field goal by Adams Central female kicker Bailea Sprunger cleared the uprights by inches in the final seconds of the half, giving the Jets a 10-7 lead at intermission.

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.

quarterback sneak and moved the ball crossed the plane. 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.”

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