“It’s important for us to have more than one weapon on our offense,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “We need to be able to have this combination to be a real good football team.”
The ‘Busco offense kept the Panthers off guard as they scored on all six possessions in the first half. While the ‘Busco defense forced the Panther offense to six straight three and outs.
Jordan Hamilton had an outstanding evening against the Panthers. Hamilton collected four touchdowns on the evening, one through the air, and the other three on the ground.
Meanwhile Kyle Mathewson continued to terrorize Eagle opponents. Mathewson broke the 200 yard barrier for the first time this season, ending the game with 222 yards and one touchdown. He now has 587 yards on 40 carries for the season.
Jordan Hamilton’s first score came on a 36 yard pass from Kyle Monk. Monk had 106 yards passing on the night, completing on five of twelve attempts. The Eagles continued to tear up the Panther defense, with several runs over ten yards on the drive. Hamilton would find the end zone from two yards out for his second score of the game.
Sophomore Josh LeFever returned a punt down the Panther sideline for 70 yards.
Hamilton again found the end zone in the second quarter, this time from 11 yards out. On the Eagles next position, Mathewson broke through the Panther defense for a 72 yard touchdown.
The ‘Busco defense gave up its first score of the season, a 20 yard pass play from Brennen North to Lance Feeney. The Eagle offense wasted little time on their next drive, just 30 seconds. Scoring on a 32 yard scamper by Hamilton, his fourth touchdown of the game.
A halftime lead of 41-6, gave the Eagles the opportunity to give underclassmen varsity experience.
Backup quarterback Jordan Turner got the chance to get some snaps in as he led ‘Busco on a drive late in the third quarter. Sophomore Alex Zolman took over after Turner, and completed his first varsity pass. Stuart Hilsmier carried the ball eight times for 34 yards.
The Eagle defense again held their opponents to under 60 yards rushing for the third straight week.
Looking ahead to next week, Coach Etzler stated, “Eastside is more athletic and stronger than they have been in the past.”
Churubusco will host Eastside this Friday night at Homecoming.