On Hagerstown’s fourth play they fumbled and Jeremy Forker recovered the ball. Ready here we go! On the first play Kyle Monk connected with Forker for a 47 yard touchdown pass, 12-0 Eagles with 1:31 remaining in the quarter. Alex Zolman intercepted the pass on the Tigers’ next possession. Mathewson took the handoff and was met by what seemed like the whole Hagerstown defense. Mathewson refused to go down and spun out of the group of would-be tacklers and darted into the end zone from 38 yards out, Busco 18-0 with 0:53 left. Another Hagerstown fumble on their first play from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown by Jordan Turner who picked up the ball and ran to paydirt, 24-0 Busco 0:31 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
“It’s nice when you have them on the run,” commented Coach Lee Etzler. “We were playing fast and getting to the football. They were shell-shocked after the first quarter”
The Eagle defense never let up forcing the Tigers to punt on their next three possessions. Churubusco had a couple of miscues to begin the second quarter, an interception and a fumble. Mathewson would score again from 12 yards out making it 31-0 Busco. Adam Boggess intercepted the Tigers following the kickoff. Nine plays later Monk hit Josh LeFever for a 35-yard touchdown pass, Eagles lead 37-0 at the half.
Churubusco controlled the third period putting together three impressive drives. The first was a four minute drive covering 83 yards in eight plays. Mathewson scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 57 yard run, 44-0 Eagles. Hagerstown would answer back with a halfback pass for a 51 yard score on their first play from scrimmage. But the Eagles went back to work as eight plays and 58 yards later Jason Nicodemus would cross the goal line, the scoreboard read 51-7 Churubusco. Hagerstown came right back and scored in four plays on a run of 23 yards. The Eagles would get their last touchdown on a run by Chandler Brown. That capped off an eight play drive covering 56 yards.
“We knew we were going to be in a hard fought game,” stated Mathewson. “Our offensive line was great and our defense was awesome. Right now we are hitting on all cylinders.”
Churubusco has played some outstanding football this postseason and are looking to knock off # 1 ranked Lafayette Central Catholic this week in Semi-State action at Lafayette. The game has been moved back to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate travel. Follow your Eagles on their quest for a Semi-State victory.