“I just got to hand it all to the offensive line. They work hard every day in practice, work hard on the field and get the job done,” said Kyle Mathewson of his record setting performance. “Their great blocking leads to the big runs and opens up the field.”
“The next two weeks our opponents are going to be bigger, stronger and faster,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “This was a good game for us, hopefully that puts us in a better position in the next couple weeks.”
Churubusco came out to play against Bowman. Forcing the visiting Eagles to punt after three plays Bowman’s snap was low causing the punter to run the ball, and the Eagle defense stopped them. With great field position the Eagles didn’t waste any time in scoring. Six plays covering 37 yards were topped off by a nine yard Mathewson run. Bryce Shively ran the two-point conversion in to make it 8-0.
Bowman’s next possession again was dominated by the ‘Busco defense. Following a two yard loss Mathewson sacked the visiting quarterback for a 13 yard loss. Another bad snap gave the Eagles the ball on the 19 yard line.
“It’s so important for our defense to be physical,” explained Coach Etzler. “It’s demoralizing and if you come over the middle and get smacked by somebody you are going to think about that the next time you come over the middle. It’s fun to watch and it’s important for the success of the defense.”
A pair of ten yard runs by Mathewson, led to Kyle Monk’s four yard pass to Shively. Cory Miller kicked the extra point for a 15-0 lead. For the third time in the quarter Busco’s defense held Bowman to three and out.
In the second quarter Mathewson scored on a 30 yard run down the visiting sidelines putting the Eagles up 21-0 with 5:37 remaining in the half. Bowman went to their air attack, completing four of five passes on the drive resulting in a seven yard strike for a touchdown, pulling them closer, 21-6 at the half.
Jordan Hamilton got the Eagles on the board in the third with a 19 yard run. He also ran in the extra point to put them up 29-6.
“With them scoring at the end of the half, that left us up only two scores,” added Coach Etzler. “Then we got the ball in the second half and it was pretty important that we got some points out of that.”
Bowman answered quickly with a third down touchdown pass for 64 yards, to make it 29-12. This was the first time all year the Eagles were scored on in the third period. Busco then put together a nine play 83 yard drive, ending with a nine yard run by Hamilton. With the Bowman air assault in full swing they drove 75 yards in five plays. An 18 yard touchdown pass made the score 35-18 Busco. On their next possession Mathewson ran it in from 24 yards out to put the Eagles up 42-18.
Mathewson had the only score in the fourth quarter, a 74 yard touchdown run to break the school record.
Mathewson’s 319 yards broke Drew Bianski’s mark of 270 yards set against Wabash in 2005. “Drew was one of my heros when I was in middle school. I looked up to him,” explained Mathewson. “Before the season started one of my goals was to break his record.”
The Eagles host Fairfield this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and travel to Lakeland next week to close out the regular season.