The Eagles were able to move the ball early picking up two first downs before a false start penalty killed the drive. The Knights struck quickly after picking up 11 yards on their first play, Austin Munn hit Niall Noonan for a 44-yard touchdown pass, 7-0 Central Catholic. Kyle Mathewson took the lateral and scampered up the Busco sidelines (almost breaking it for the score) to the Lafayette 26-yard line. Mathewson fumbled on fourth and four turning the ball over to the Knights at their 16-yard line. After surrendering a first down the Eagles’ defense forced a punt. Mathewson breaks away for 20 yards and then eight more. He rushes for two more for the first down at the Central Catholic 35-yard line. Mathewson rushes again close to another first down but he has the ball knocked out again, recovered again by the Knights’ Devin Morgan. The Eagles’ defense held the Knights again forcing them to punt and it was a short one with a ‘Busco bounce, giving the Eagles the ball at the C.C. 33. Mathewson picks up eight on first down and is shut down on second and third down plays. An errant pitch by Kyle Monk which was recovered by Monk and the C.C. defense face masked him and gave the Eagles another try on fourth down. Josh LeFever gets outside and picks up nine yards to the 16. After Mathewson’s one yard pickup and two incompletions it was fourth and nine. Monk rolled to his right and threw to the front of the end zone where Mathewson made the catch for the Eagle score. When Churubusco’s Kyle Mathewson crept into the end zone for a two-point conversion run early in the second quarter, Central Catholic’s football team found itself in an unfamiliar position for the first time in two full seasons, the Knights trailed. “Churubusco did a nice job of controlling the football in the first half and they throttled us a little bit,” explained Central Catholic Head Coach Kevin O’Shea.
Again the Churubusco defense stopped Central Catholic, this time on fourth and seven from the 30 yard line. Busco begins to move the ball but a holding call stifled the Eagle drive. Following the punt Central Catholic began at their 37-yard line with 3:28 left in the half. Eight plays later the Knights found the end zone on a two-yard run by Cody Christopher, to give them a 14-8 lead at the half.
Central Catholic had the ball to start the third quarter. Brad Schrader crossed the goal line from 26 yards out, as the Knights struck quick, four plays covering 65-yards. An onside kickoff gave Central the ball back, a huge momentum swing. Central Catholic moved to the six yard line and the Eagles’ defense refused to roll over as they stood their ground forcing a fourth and one, unfortunately Cody Christopher plunged over the goal line for the score.
“We know they score a lot of points in the third quarter, and we tried to stop it, and unfortunately we couldn’t and they got ahead of us,” said Mathewson.
Another score by C.C. would wrap up the third period, with Churubusco down 34-8. The Eagles would put together a 15 play, 69-yard drive for their second score. Mathewson took the pitch from Monk on fourth and seven, pulling up and passing the ball to Hunter Nicodemus for a nine yard score. Central Catholic answered on seven plays as Brad Schrader plunged in from one yard out for the game’s final score, Knights 42 Eagles 14. The Eagles again moved the ball towards the goal line and were stopped on a fourth and goal with seconds remaining.
“They absolutely worked their tails off,” Etzler said of his team when it was done. “The coaching staff asks a lot of them, and they take it. The seniors have gotten better each week for four straight years. We do not produce the biggest kids in the world, but they play hard. Like I told them, they’ve earned the respect from everybody that’s seen them play and everybody that’s played against them. That’s a lot to be proud of.”
That brings to an end one of the finest seasons in ‘Busco football history. There were many records broken, many hard hits by the defense, many explosive runs on offense, gapping holes opened up by the offensive line and exciting pass plays throughout the 2010 season. They gave us a lot of great memories and just think, mini-camp is just 33 weeks away.
(Kyle Mathewson fights for yards against Lafayette Central Catholic, he finished with 174 yards on 36 carries. Mathewson scored on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Monk and also threw nine yards for a touchdown to Hunter Nicodemus.) photo by hiatt