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’Busco standing up amongst the best

November 16, 2010

From left, Churubusco seniors Kyle Monk, Spencer Conrad and Kyle Mathewson looks on as the final seconds tick away on the Eagles 2010 regional championship Friday. The trio along with eight other seniors have led Churubusco to its best record in school history with 12-1 mark heading into the semi-state round. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

   Three seasons after appearing in the 2007 class A semistate championship and tying a school best 11-3 record, it’s hard to believe Churubusco football has actually had a better year in 2010.
   The small school of 423 students has seen a revival of its football program as of late. The Eagles are in the midst of their sixth consecutive winning season and second semistate appearance in four years Friday night when they travel to No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic.
   No matter the outcome, Eagle fans will have witnessed the best season by a ’Busco squad.
   The regional blowout win over Hagerstown 58-14 put the 2010 Eagles past any other team in program history winning a school record 12th victory.
   Two other teams have reached 11-3 records. The 1983 Eagles still remain the only ’Busco team in the state finals after finishing runner-up. With 24 years gone by, the 2007 team helped Churubusco return to the semistate round for only the second time in school history.
   This year, the Eagles have taken much of the same path with a senior class that is the last installment left from 2007 team.
   There for that 2007 run, 11 seniors take in the experience and have taken ’Busco back.
   Quarterback Kyle Monk is one of many seniors leading the way. Monk, a defensive back on the 2007 team as a freshman, helps run an offense averaging more than 40 points per game this season.
   His talents come in all aspects of the game with four punt returns for touchdowns and six interceptions this season.
   When it isn’t one Kyle it’s another with fullback Kyle Mathewson. Already the all-time leading rusher at Churubusco, Mathewson continues to add to his record single season total of 2,410 yards and 37 touchdowns scored.
   Much is not said about the nine remaining seniors that fly under the radar including Jordan Turner, Jes Percey, Spencer Conrad, Charlie Huelsenbeck, Justin Turnbow, Dustin Arvola, Zack Armstead, Jeremy Forker and Hunter Nicodemus.
   Turner leads the team in sacks with seven to go along with four fumble recoveries. Forker comes in as a specialist on the kicking game with a blocked kick and punt this season.
   From the defensive line Turnbow, Conrad and Armstead have combined for 21 tackles in the backfield.
   Together the senior class at Churubusco is 40-8 in their high school careers and owners of countless records.

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