“Defense played extremely well tonight,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “We were down Layne Fulk who is a senior and also a three year starter. It hurts our team losing Fulk who is a pretty good player that had seven interceptions last year. With the loss of Fulk, we look towards Greg Bloom and Hayden Kilgore to help fill the void. The news about Fulk wasn’t good news but our defense played extremely well and recovered from that.”
The Churubusco offense was chewing up yardage. Midway through the second quarter, the Eagles picked up 21 yards through the air on two pass plays from Alex Zolman to Kane Johnson. Moving the ball to the Eastside 28 yard line. Nicodemus took over from there with two 14 yard carries with the last resulting in an Eagles’ touchdown.
Eagle defense held their ground again forcing Eastside to turn the ball over on downs at midfield. Nicodemus rambled for 35 yards and Josh LeFever took it the remaining 23 yards for a touchdown giving the Eagles an 18-0 lead.
Opening the second half, the Eagle defense struck quick as LeFever hit the Eastside quarterback as he was throwing caused an errant toss. Brient Hicks snatched the ball out of mid air and followed a host of Eagles down the sideline 45 yards for the touchdown. On the following series, Hicks again makes the big play as he recovers a fumble at the Eagle 40 yard line.
“We like him, he is only a sophomore,” responded Coach Etzler when asked about Hicks. “We was sick yesterday and we were concerned we wouldn’t have him tonight. He moves extremely well and has very good hands. We’re real excited about him in the future.”
After a five yard loss on a penalty, Nicodemus scampered through the Eastside defense for the 45 yard touchdown run. The Eagles would close out their scoring on a 14 yard touchdown run by Cody Conwell, making it 39 to nothing Churubusco.
“Right off the bat in the third quarter, our plays were done extremely well,” explains Coach Etzler. “With our 18-0 lead we needed to come out right away and have success in the third quarter. A lot of times that’s all it takes to put a team away.”
In the final period, Churubusco had the opportunity to get the underclassmen some much valued varsity experience. Eastside picked up a touchdown run by their starting quarterback with 4:12 left in the game. As the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard read 39-6 Churubusco.
“I thought defense was aggressive up front,” added Coach Etzler. “We did a good job on the flats, covering up receivers, and putting pressure on the quarterback. We hit the quarterback hard and really took them out of what they wanted to do offensively.”
The Churubusco Eagles are back in action this Friday at Angola. As always fans, continue your support, fill the stands and show them what Busco football means to their fans.