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Eagles gut thru in rain

Interviews following Churubusco's 14-7 victory at Angola

Busco struggles to defeat Angola

Oft-stymied Eagles stay unbeaten with pair of long TDs

Brumbaugh
Conwell

– Churubusco coach Paul Sade said he had “bucket loads of frustration” with his offense after a 14-7 road win over Angola on a rainy Friday night.

The Eagles repeatedly got into Hornets’ territory, only to be stopped or turn the ball over.

“But Angola is a great defensive team,” Sade said. “The (Dakota) Steele kid, No. 74, is one of the best defensive tackles I’ve seen and I’ve coached offensive line for a while. So they’re a great defensive team, and they made us work on offense.”

The Eagles (5-0, 5-0 NECC) were set on going for it, time and time again, on fourth down. It seemed to make sense, given the ease with which they were running the ball in the torrential rain. Fullback Cody Conwell had 29 carries for 154 yards.

But the Eagles were stopped four times on fourth down. And two fumbles late in the game put the pressure on the Churubusco defense, which came through in excellent fashion.

“We always have the offense’s back when they’re struggling,” said linebacker Teegan Brumbaugh, who had four sacks, including the one that squashed Angola’s final chance to keep the game going in the last minute.

“We’ve always got their back, and we helped them out tonight. They’ll improve, and we’ll all be better next week (against West Noble).”

Churubusco’s Logan Harris took the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. Taylor Fisher’s extra-point attempt was blocked.

In one of its few good offensive plays, Angola (2-3, 2-2) got a 76-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lynch to Isaac Dirrim, who escaped the clutches of Adrian Springer, in the first quarter.

“They’ve got some great athletes at Angola,” Sade said. “They caught us on a play and that was their touchdown.

“Our special teams had started off with the kick return to open things up, and you kind of get excited about that and think things will go well; and I think we got overconfident and couldn’t move the ball. We had some very crucial penalties. And as the game moved on, we fumbled the ball a couple times. Yeah, you can talk about the conditions, but we don’t allow our kids to make excuses.”

Angola’s quarterbacks – Lynch and Jacob Roddy – were sacked six times and combined to throw for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception, which was snagged by Harris.

“It was the whole defensive front. It was great that we were able to get to (the quarterbacks). The game was a defensive battle,” Brumbaugh said.

Churubusco regained the lead in the final minute of the third quarter. On the first play of a drive, Kane Johnson went up the middle for 63 yards and a touchdown, then he followed it with a two-point conversion run for a 14-7 lead that held up.

Johnson had nine carries for 72 yards.

jcohn@jg.net

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