Kyle Mathewson finished with 234 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns to pace the Eagles. He scored on runs of 68, 85, 4 and 31 yards.
The Eagles were in a battle early against West Noble with their stingy defense and their power running game. With the Eagles driving into Charger territory a fumble by Mathewson turned the ball over to the Chargers. They were unable to move the ball and were forced to punt. The snap was high over the head of Tavo Mora, but Mora got the punt away and it was a dandy as he kicked it from his ten-yard line and it came to rest at the Eagle 20. Following an 11-yard pass from Kyle Monk to Mathewson, Mathewson took the handoff and busted through the hole created by the offensive line and dashed 68 yards for the first score of the game.
West Noble went to work on what they do best, ball control offense. The Chargers held the ball for the rest of the quarter and the first minute of the second period. West Noble drove 52 yards in 14 plays taking 6:51 off the clock, before Layne Fulk intercepted an Erik Mawhorter pass at the two-yard line. The Eagles were forced to punt after three plays giving the ball back to the Chargers. Again the Chargers went to work with a nine-play drive using four more minutes. The drive ended with West Noble turning the ball over on downs at the Eagle 11 yard line. Churubusco went right at the Chargers with Mathewson for five yards. Then Mathewson broke right and was off to the races as he went 84 yards for his second score on the night. The two-point conversion was good on a pass play from Monk to Spencer Conrad making it 14-0 Eagles. After an exchange of fumbles, Fulk picked off his second pass of the evening and returned it 60 yards to the West Noble 30 yard line. Monk scrambled for 15 yards and Mathewson ran for 11 more down to the four where he took it in on the next play giving the Eagles a 21-0 halftime advantage. “Had they been healthy we would have seen a type of football game we saw in the first quarter and a half,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “They like to grind it out and that makes it difficult for us on offense and defense.”
Churubusco quickly put the game away. On their first play from scrimmage in the second half Monk hit Josh LeFever on a 63 yard pass for the touchdown. After another three and out by the injury plagued Chargers, Mathewson ran his last three carries of the night. West Noble stopped him on the first and he got five on his second run. The third was a pitch left and Mathewson burst through the Charger defense for 31 yards giving him four touchdowns on the night and the Eagles a 34-0 lead with 6:31 left in the third period. Four plays into the Chargers’ next possession Monk intercepted the ball and returned it for the score. Hunter Nicodemus hauled in the final Eagle touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Alex Zolman giving Churubusco a 47-0 lead.
The end of the third period and the fourth quarter gave the junior varsity some experience on Friday night. “I thought the inside linebackers had their best game of the season tonight,” said Coach Etzler, after the Eagle win. “Mathewson made some plays early in the game, Josh LeFever made quite a few plays going toward the line of scrimmage. Jason Nicodemus is our third guy in and he made some good plays also.”
It is parents’ day at Culver this Saturday so their stands will be full. Let’s see if we can bring more fans than they have. So get your families together and come out to what should be like a college atmosphere, come early and do some tailgating. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. so make the drive and show your Churubusco Eagles that you are supporting them in their quest for a great season.