Kyle Monk returned two punts for touchdowns and had a 46 yard run for a touchdown. Monk also had one through the air to Kyle Mathewson for 12 yards. Mathewson had three touchdowns on the night, the one receiving and two on runs of 5 and 15 yards.
The Eagles wasted little time as they scored on the punt return after a three and out by the Panthers. Monk scooped up the ball and dashed down the Busco sidelines making it 7-0 Churubusco just 1:39 into the game.
On the Eagles’ second possession, Josh LeFever ran 72 yards for a score that was negated on a Busco penalty bringing the ball back to the Eagles’ 23 yard line. On the next play Jes Percey set up the score with a 46-yard run. Jet sweep was the play and Zack Armstead and Zach Adams, the Churubusco guards, pulled out to clear the way.
Closing out the first quarter scoring was Monk’s 46 yard run to the end zone giving the Eagles a 19-0 lead after one.
Churubusco went up 25-0 on Mathewson’s 15 yard run. He had 57 yards rushing on five carries during this series. The Panthers put together a 19 play drive aided by a running into the punter penalty. Monk returned the punt 75 yards for a score but it was called back. The Eagle defense stiffened and Praire Heights turned the ball over on downs.
The Busco offense quickly went to work with time winding down in the half. Mathewson for seven yards, Monk for four more. A deep pass to Jeremy Forker that bounced from his hands. Then Monk rambled 41 yards to the Panther 12 yard line. On the next play Monk connected with Mathewson for their fifth touchdown pass on the season. Churubusco used the clock well leaving just eight seconds in the half. Eagles went into halftime with a 31-0 advantage.
Opening the third quarter Mathewson took the kickoff 78 yards for the score but for the third time on the evening there was a flag on the play and it was called back.
The Eagle offense sputtered in the third period as a poor pitch put the Eagles in a second and 18 situation. And on fourth down Monk forced a pass that was intercepted.
“We weren’t focused the whole game. Offensively our rhythm was off,” explained Coach Etzler. “We haven’t had to work a whole lot for things so far this season and we were taking plays off tonight.”
The following possession Monk was sacked for a 15 yard loss. The Panthers roughed Mathewson on his only punt attempt of the night, giving the Eagles an automatic first down. The offense turned it over on downs at the Panther 25.
Defense forced Prairie Heights to punt after switching ends to begin the final quarter. Monk fielded the punt and brought it back 75 yards (the last twenty hobbled by cramps) for an Eagle touchdown.
Busco’s final drive of the night began at midfield and on the first play Jason Nicodemus busted free for 11 yards. Alex Zolman scampered for 14 yards and Nicodemus for ten more yards. Three straight first downs for the Eagle reserve players. Then on a fourth and one from the Panthers’ five Cory Miller broke through the line for the touchdown. Zolman ran in the extra point giving the Eagles a 46-0 lead with 4:16 remaining.
Three big runs by the Panthers got them on the scoreboard as Woody Riha went the last 20 yards for their only score of the night.
“I thought Prairie Heights played the best game we’ve seen them play,” commented Coach Etzler. “They have some athletes on their team and they posed the biggest offensive threat we have seen so far.”
Churubusco travels to Butler to take on the Eastside Blazers at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night. Make the drive for your Eagles to Eastside and cheer them on to another victory. If you are unable to make the trip you can follow the Eagles on busconews.com with your pregame, halftime and post game interviews.