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LIGONIER — The North East Corner Conference is no longer sleeping on West Noble. Neither is Churubusco.
After seeing the Chargers dispatch conference power Fairfield 35-28 two weeks ago, the class 1A No. 3 Eagles made sure they didn’t fall victim to the same sleeper in the NECC beating West Noble on its homecoming night 47-0.
“We knew it was going to be difficult for us both offensively and defensively,” Churubusco head coach Lee Etzler said. “Great game by our kids. They stepped up to the challenge.”
Churubusco was coming off its own big win in week five where the Eagles passed their first true test in the NECC by surprising some with a 34-7 blowout over Angola.
Senior running back Kyle Mathewson put up 219 yards against the Hornets and nearly had that in just one half of play against the Chargers.
Amassing touchdown runs of 69, 84 and three yards in the first half, Mathewson took a slim 6-0 Churubusco lead from the first quarter and put his team up 21-0 at halftime.
Mathewson’s first initial run of 69 yards broke open a scoreless contest with 5:45 remaining in the first quarter.
A sizable West Noble defense kept ’Busco quiet until that point when Mathewson broke through the line and outran the Chargers secondary.
After West Noble bobbled a potential touchdown pass in its deepest drive into ’Busco territory, Mathewson struck again for his longest run of the night of 84 yards.
The senior fullback collected 118 of his 196 first half rushing yards in the second quarter along with a third TD with 42.3 second left before halftime.
Mathewson went on to add a 32-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter before ending the night with 234 yards and four touchdowns.
As dynamic as the Eagles running game was, it was the defense that prevented a West Noble team from an upset.
In a sloppy second quarter span of two minutes, both teams combined for five turnovers. Churubusco forced three of those with junior defensive back Layne Fulk picking off two passes from WN quarterback Erik Mawhorter.
The Eagles forced six turnovers overall against the Chargers. Senior Kyle Monk returned one of those on a 45-yard interception return to open the second half with ’Busco up 28-0.
Churubusco (6-0) put up 439 yards of offense while holding West Noble (2-4) to 147.
The Eagles only non-conference game comes next week with a Saturday trip to Culver Miltary Academy. The game will have a 1 p.m. start time.