Kyle Mathewson led the ground assault with 181 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. Wing-back Jordan Hamilton ran 10 times collecting 135 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles gained 435 yards on 53 carries as a team. Monk hit three different receivers on the evening, two to Hunter Nicodemus for 68 yards. He also had one apiece to tight ends Jordan Turner for 59 yards and Spencer Conrad for 20 yards.
The Eagle defense had four interceptions in the game, Jes Percey, Layne Fulk, Kyle Monk and Adam Boggess. They also lost the services of Fulk for the rest of the season. He suffered a broken leg as he tackled Eastside fullback Craig Daniels.
The Eagles stopped the Blazers on their opening drive on an interception by Jes Percey. But the offense gave the ball back on a fumble. The defense rose to the challenge and stopped Eastside on four plays.
The running game began chewing up yardage, going 80 yards in six plays. Mathewson scored his first touchdown of the night on a 31 yard run. Again the defense pick off the errant throw from Eastside’s Cody Krafft. Kyle Monk tied the career interception record of 12, his second of the season.
Monk hit tight end Jordan Turner for a 59 yard completion, to the 18 yard line. Two plays later Jordan Hamilton punched it in for the score. Following an Eastside punt, the Eagle offense scored again in just four plays, capped off by a Mathewson one yard plunge. Hamilton had a 32 yard run and a pass from Monk to Spencer Conrad down to the one set up the score.
Adam Boggess picked off the fourth pass on the night, as Eastside was trying to get the big score. Two plays later Hunter Nicodemus grabbed the pass from Monk without breaking stride and went 39 yards for the touchdown.
Eastside’s Matt Harris ran 53 yards for the touchdown on the Blazers’ next possession. ‘Busco put together an eight play 76 yard drive for their next score, ending in a Hamilton seven yard run. Again the defense forced the Blazers’ to punt. Mathewson scored his third touchdown of the night, on a five yard run making the halftime score 44 -7 Eagles.
Churubusco didn’t waste any time in the third quarter. On the first play of the second half Mathewson darted 69 yards for his fourth score. The kickoff team recovered a fumble and the offense was back in business. Josh LeFever found the end zone on a 18 yard run, putting ‘Busco up 58-7 with 9:21 left in the third quarter.
The Eagles controlled the ball for almost 16 minutes in the second half, keeping the tired Blazer defense on the field. Coach Etzler took this opportunity to get some of the underclassmen some playing time at the varsity level.
Churubusco travels to Angola for a tough matchup this Friday night. Let’s fill the stands with Black and Gold and cheer on our ‘Busco Eagles.