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Football ~ Eagles win opener 34-14

Busco sustained a seven play drive covering 29 yards down to the Fremont 26 yard line. Again the Eagles fumbled and this time David Schmucker returned it 70 yards for the score, 14-13 Fremont. After a 41 yard kickoff return by LeFever Churubusco fumbled on the first play from scrimmage giving the ball to Fremont. The Eagle defense rose to the occasion forcing Fremont to punt on fourth and 44 yards to go.

The offense settled down and took control as Jason Nicodemus ran for 13 and then eight more yards. Zolman ran for 23 yards following a six yard sack. He then completed a pass to Adam Boggess to put the Eagles up for good. He half ended with Churubusco ahead 20-14. 

“The mistakes we made were huge,” commented Coach Lee Etzler, on the four fumbles and interception by the Eagles. “We have a comfort level we haven’t reached in our offense yet. We did show some athleticism offensively and did some good things. Now we just need to cut out the mistakes.”

On the Eagles’ first possession in the third quarter they put together an 11 play drive that ended on downs. Busco reached the eight yard line with a pass to Corey Sarrazin but the drive stalled with a holding penalty and a nine yard sack of Zolman. The defense stood its ground forcing the Fremont offense to punt on its first three possessions in the second half. Nicodemus hauled in a pass from Zolman and ran 36 yards for the touchdown and LeFever ran in the two point conversion to give the Eagles a 28-14 lead after three quarters of play. 

The Eagles moved the ball into Fremont territory to begin the final period but the drive ended on downs. But the defense forced a fumble that Nicodemus recovered at the Fremont 29 yard line. Six plays later Zolman found the end zone from five yards out for the Eagles’ last score of the night.

“We came out fast and took advantage of the turnovers,” stated Fremont Coach Nick Maksimchuk. “We held in there early but Busco wore us down physically. We’ll take that and move forward. I was proud of our effort.”

The Eagle defense held Fremont to minus ten yards rushing and just 18 total yards for the game. “Defensively we play well,” said Coach Etzler adding, “We’ve kind of prided ourselves with our defense the past few years. I was pleased with that, especially with the kids that didn’t get a lot of playing time last year.”

Churubusco will host Central Noble this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and see the 2011 Eagle football team.

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