Churubusco struck first with an 85-yard punt return by Kyle Monk and with the two-point conversion by Kyle Mathewson, it was an 8-0 lead. The Eagle defense held their ground forcing the Lakers to punt the ball away. The offense drove into Lakeland territory but a miscue on the snap gave the ball back to the Lakers. Lakeland’s drive for a score would finish the first quarter and end on a 36-yard pass from Cody Richardson to Scott McKibben, one minute into the second period. The Eagles were forced to punt and it was a good one by Mathewson pinning the Lakers deep into their territory at the three yard line. On the first play, Richardson faked the handoff and kept the ball eluding the Churubusco defense breaking free down the Lakeland sideline. Monk made a touchdown saving tackle as he dove to bring down Richardson after a 48 yard run. The drive stalled for the Lakers and they were forced to punt again. The Eagles quickly moved the ball to midfield where on a second and eleven Monk found an open Hunter Nicodemus down the middle of the field. Nicodemus split the safeties and ran for a 49-yard touchdown. Spencer Conrad caught the extra point try that went off of Mathewson’s hands, to make it 16-7 Churubusco. Alex Zolman picked off the pass by the Lakers’ quarterback and returned it past the fifty but it was moved back on a penalty during the runback. The Eagle offense went right to work moving the ball past midfield into Laker territory. On the next play Mathewson scored on a 46-yard scamper through the Laker defense, that gave him the all-time record for touchdowns in Churubusco history with 43, breaking Virgil Fulk’s mark of 42 he set in the ’83-’85 seasons. This gave Churubusco a 24-7 advantage. Layne Fulk intercepted Richardson and ran it back 30 yards to give Busco a chance for another score. But the pass play from Monk to Josh LeFever came up a little short and the Eagles took their 24-7 lead into the locker room.
The two would hook up again in the third quarter for a score on a nine-yard pass and a Parker Conrad extra point made it 31-7 Busco. On the first play of the fourth quarter the Eagles struck again on a 42-yard pass to Jordan Turner from Monk for his third touchdown pass of the night. Monk completed passes to six different receivers on the night, connecting on eight out of thirteen tries for 207 yards. After two Lakeland scores the Eagles drove down for another score as Jason Nicodemus crossed the goal line from one yard out to give Busco a 45-20 lead. Lakeland scored again but time ran out as the Eagles claimed their second straight share of the Conference title.
The postseason kicks off this Friday as the Eagles will host Adams Central. The Flying Jets knocked the Eagles out of last season’s playoffs 20-16 and they are 7-2 this year. The Eagles look to avenge their loss and make a deep run in the playoffs. So come on out and support your Eagles. Don’t forget the game time is at 7 p.m., a half hour earlier than the usual time.
(Kyle Mathewson runs around the end for a 14-yard pickup. Mathewson finished with 195 yards on 19 carries in the Eagles’ 45-28 win over Lakeland.) photo by hiatt