Coach Lee Etzler commented, “I’m really proud of them with their effort. You know the last few seasons we have had some really good defenses, we take pride in it and the way the kids played tonight shows that.”
The Churubusco defense was put to the test early as the Eagles fumbled the first snap from scrimmage. With Fremont deep in Eagle teritory, on the twenty the defense responded holding Fremont to just six yards on three plays forcing them to try a field goal. After a penalty backed them up Fremont missed the 40-yard field goal attempt.
Busco would go three and out on their next offensive possession.
The Eagle defense held Fremont in check the rest of the half. They surrendered just one first down on their next four series with the other three series being three and out for Fremont.
On Churubusco’s next possession they would begin on their own 25 yard line. Following a motion pentality, Mathewson ran for nine yards. On the next play Kyle Monk ran right and pitched to Shawn McCoy and McCoy took the ball down to the Fremont 44 yard line, a 27 yard gain for the Eagles. Monk ran the sweep for nine yards. Mathewson bulled his way up the middle for a pair of five yard gains. A holding pentality set Busco back to the 37 yard line. Mathewson took the ball, ran left, hit the open hole, kicked it to the outside, shifted to high gear and nobody was going to catch the Busco fullback. Jordan Hamilton came on to kick the extra point but was wide left on his attempt.
“He is probably the fastest kid that I have coached here at Churubusco,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “Kyle is still learning the position, and this was his first game playing at fullback. He missed a couple of holes early. Kyle will get a better feel as the season progresses.”
On the Eagles’ next position Kyle Monk hit Jordan Hamilton instride for an 82 yard touchdown. Busco decided to go for the two point conversion. Monk dropped back and found a diving Layne Fulk for the two points.
Busco shut down Fremont again pushing them back. Jordan Turner sacked Nick Herndon for an 11 yard loss, all the way back to the five yard line.
The Eagles had two more possessions in the first half, both of them coming up short of a score. A dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down ended one series. In the other one Monk scrambled down the side lines as time ran out in the half.
Rain moved in at halftime and settled in for most of the third quarter. Fremont came out stunning the Eagle defense for two quick first downs, moving into Eagle territory for the first time since their first possession. The Busco defense adjusted and shut down Fremont forcing them to punt.
The Eagles moved the ball against the Fremont defense, but penalties stalled their drive. Two more three and outs by the Fremont offense kept their tired defense on the field most of the second half.
The Eagles continued to chew up yardage. Back-up fullback Bryce Shively, entered the game in the fourth quarter, gaining 26 yards on four carries.
“I didn’t know what to expect from us up front, and I thought we played very physical up front. Our offensive line was able to out preform the much bigger Fremont defense, creating holes for our backs to run through,” explained Coach Etzler. “ But we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with pentalites and fumbles.”
Fremont didn’t quit, they connected for a 42 yard pass play, down to the Eagles’ 30 yard line with three minutes remaining. The drive was halted by the Eagle defense. McCoy forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Nicodemus.
The offense ran out the clock bringing home a 14-0 victory.