With questions early in camp, losing 19 seniors from last year’s team, they have seemed to fill the right holes. The ‘Busco defense has given up just nine first downs and 124 total yards in its first two games. The Eagles’ opponents have run the ball 59 times for 47 yards.
“We’re not extremely dominating at any one position but our kids play hard and they like to hit,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “Going into the game we felt it necessary to out hit them, that was one of the things Coach Dock said to our players. I think that we did come out and hit well, because of that a lot of things went our way.”
The offense put up similar numbers of week one, over 400 total yards (all on the ground this week). Kyle Mathewson led the Eagle rushers with 187 yards on just seven carries. Kyle also broke the Churubusco record with the longest run from scrimmage, a dashing 93-yard touchdown run. That was one of his three touchdowns on the night, Kyle also scored on runs of 46 and 43 yards. When asked about Mathewson’s performance Coach Etzler responded, “He’s fast, and teams are going to be scared of him, you get him an opening and he goes through there quickly. And I think what we saw a little more tonight was he broke a few more tackles that led to the touchdowns.”
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and drove down deep into Cougar territory. Kyle Monk was on the receiving end of a hard hit that caused him to fumble inside the 10 yard line.
Central Noble was unable to move the ball against a furious Eagles’ defense, going three and out, one of seven times on the night that the Cougars went three and out.
Churubusco bounced right back scoring on their next three drives, the first being a 46 yard run by Mathewson. Jordan Hamilton found the end zone on the following Eagle drive, a four-yard run, capped off by a two-point conversion pass from Monk to Hunter Nicodemus.
The next possession the Eagles were pinned deep in their own territory at the seven-yard line. Kyle Mathewson ran up the middle for no gain, next Kyle took the handoff and went the distance, 93 yards for the touchdown. Mathewson still wasn’t finished assaulting the Cougar defense, as he ran one more in from 43 yards out before the half ended to make the score 26-0 at the half.
The second half began and the Eagle defense pushed Central Noble back twenty-one yards, before punting to the Eagles. Shawn McCoy received the punt and darted down the sideline to the Central Noble six-yard line, and a penalty moved the Eagles down to the three. On the first play McCoy jumped in the end zone for the score, and Zach Armstead kicked the extra point to extend the ‘Busco lead to 33-0. Central Noble aided the Eagles on their next drive, with two personal foul penalties for thirty yards. Bryce Shively would cap off the drive with a three-yard run at the three-minute mark, finishing the scoring on the evening.
The fourth quarter with the Eagles up 39-0, Churubusco looked to the junior varsity players, time to gain some experience at the varsity level. The Eagles had thirteen different ball carriers, amassing 407 yards on 42 carries.
“We turned the ball over and had quite a few penalties, so there is still things we have to fix,” stated Coach Etzler. “At least we finished drives, unlike last week there were a lot of drives we didn’t finish. I think we are improving on both sides of the ball. A good thing about tonight is that we worked a lot more kids in on the defensive side of the ball.”