A week removed from 356 passing yards, the Hornets were stung by the dominating Eagle defenders. Angola managed just 86 yards passing and 71 rushing yards for 157 total yards. With constant pressure from the end position, Jeremy Forker and Jordan Turner had #10 Alexx Bauer in their sights for most of the night and each had a quarterback sack. Also Kyle Mathewson had a sack from his middle linebacker position. Kyle Monk had two interceptions and a forced fumble, as the Churubusco defense totally shut down Angola.
“It was a good win for us tonight,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “But we still expect to get better.”
The Eagle offense responded in true fashion. Mathewson topped the 200-yard mark for the first time this season finishing with 219 on 28 carries. On the fourth play from scrimmage Mathewson busted through the Hornet defense for 58 yards, giving the Eagles a 6-0 lead just 1:50 into the game. But the Hornets fought back putting together a 10-play drive covering 65 yards, resulting in a Bauer three-yard run for a touchdown. Churubusco pounded the ball on the next drive as Mathewson finished the first quarter with 111 yards on 10 carries. He had runs of nine, six, four, five, sixteen, two and zero as he led the Eagles down the field.
As the second quarter began, Josh LeFever gained ten on a sweep and then Monk finished the drive with an 11-yard run for the score. With the failed two-point conversion, the Eagles led 12-7 at 11:37 in the second period. The second quarter belonged to the Eagles as they ran 24 plays to the Hornets’ nine plays.
The defense forced Angola to punt after three plays, then put together a 12-play scoring drive. The drive almost stalled at the Angola 17 yard line as the Eagles fumbled on third and six, giving them a fourth and seven. Churubusco was called for a false start backing them up five yards, now facing a fourth and twelve. Monk dropped to pass, the play was broken up by an Angola defender who was called for pass interference, giving the Eagles an automatic first down at the Hornet 12 yard line. On the next play Monk hit LeFever across the middle for the Eagle touchdown. LeFever ran in the extra point for a 20-7 advantage.
Again the defense stood their ground forcing Angola to punt the ball back to the Eagles. With just under three minutes remaining in the half, Churubusco went to work. Mathewson ran for seven yards, LeFever ran for nine more, getting the ball into Angola’s territory. Another 12-yard run by Mathewson joined with a facemask penalty put the ball at the Hornet 21 yard line. On the next play, Monk connected with Jes Percey for the 21 yard touchdown pass. On the first play after the kickoff, a pressured Bauer was intercepted by Layne Fulk, giving the Eagles a 26-7 halftime lead.
Angola started with the ball in the second half, getting a first down. The Eagle defense rose to the occasion as Mathewson sacked Bauer on fourth and 12.
“Intensity and leadership fuel our defense,” said an exhausted Mathewson. “Tonight was awesome, we really proved that we are a championship team.”
That took what was left out of Angola’s tank, along with Churubusco’s 13-play 7:40 minute drive. The Eagles scored on a one-yard pass from Monk to Percey and Mathewson ran in the two point conversion to make it 34-7 Eagles.
“Our defensive staff did an outstanding job preparing for Angola,” said Coach Etzler. “Our cornerbacks, Adam Boggess and Alex Zolman, did an outstanding job tonight.”
The Eagle defense shut down Angola in the fourth quarter stopping them on a fourth down try. With the Hornets driving for the score, an eight play drive was halted by an interception by Monk in the end zone. Then again on the next Angola drive, Monk again picked off a desperate Bauer pass clinching the game for the Eagles.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” stated Monk. “We were excited for a challenge. We played really good on both sides of the ball tonight.”
Churubusco moves to the top spot in the Conference with the win at 5-0. The meat of their schedule is upcoming, three road games the next three weeks at West Noble, Culver Academy, and Fairfield, and then home against Lakeland to finish the year. Coach Etzler stresses to his players that we just take one game at a time. “We can’t take anybody lightly from here on out,” explains Coach Etzler. “Our players know that to reach our goals we have to play to the best of our ability. And if we don’t get better each and every week we’ll be disappointed.”
Churubusco will travel to Ligonier on Friday night to face West Noble at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles will look to continue their dominance in the NECC, but watch out for the Chargers. They knocked off Fairfield two weeks ago and just lost to Lakeland by a touchdown last week.
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