The Churubusco Eagles defense went into the Angola game focused on controlling Alexx Bauer, and when the final horn sounded their mission was accomplished. Bauer had been averaging over 200 yards passing and about 100 rushing per game. The Eagle defense held Bauer to just 105 passing and zero rushing.
“They were probably the biggest team we will face all year,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “And we’re not the biggest team around, so what we tell our kids is we can beat those bigger teams by playing fast, playing hard and blocking low and they did it tonight.”
Jordan Hamilton scored two touchdowns and was the leading ground gainer for the Eagles. Hamilton ran for 172 yards on 19 carries. Kyle Mathewson finished with 24 attempts for 166 yards. Bryce Shively added 53 yards on ten carries, two of which were touchdowns.
Angola threatened early as they took the opening drive deep into Eagle territory. An eleven play drive that ended when Ron Adams caused Jackson Reed to fumble, the ball was recovered by Mathewson at the Eagles five yard line. ‘Busco’s offense stuttered on their first possession going three and out. Angola moved the ball again getting two first downs before punting the ball to the Eagles.
On the next series the Eagles began to rip off chunks of yardage, Mathewson for 20, Hamilton for 11 and then nine more, as the first quarter came to a close. Mathewson plowed down the field for 33 yards on four straight carries. Bryce Shively worked his way to the end zone on his first attempt on the night, a seven yard run. That put the Eagles up 6-0, following a missed two point conversion attempt.
Churubusco went right back to business, after stopping the Hornets. Marching down the field 82 yards in nine plays, the result, a five yard scamper by Hamilton for the touchdown. The two point conversion was good as Kyle Monk completed a pass to Jordan Turner and the scoreboard read Churubusco 14 Angola 0.
The Hornets scored on their next drive, on seven plays covering 58 yards. With 2:46 remaining in the half the Eagles were 78 yards from paydirt. Shively plunged into the end zone following a ten play drive, putting the Eagles up 20-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Eagles held the ball for 10:56 seconds, out of the 12 minute quarter. The Eagles scored quickly on a seven play drive to open the second half. Hamilton scored his second touchdown of the night and put Churubusco up 26-6. After the defense forced the Hornets to punt, after three plays, the Eagle offense went to work burning clock. A sixteen play drive that began on the Eagles’ 19 yard line and ended turning it over on downs.
“Our kids work hard all year long, and they listen to what they are told in the weight room,” stated Coach Etzler. “Then when they get on the football field, they take coaching good. Our players also have the attitude to make themselves better.”
The Eagles open a three game homestand beginning with West Noble this Friday night. Come on out and see Coach Etzler collect his 50th win in his career. Bowman Academy travels to Churubusco next Friday. Then the showdown with 2A number three ranked Fairfield October 9th. Come on out and cheer on your hometown Eagles. Lets fill those stands and show your support.