Gridiron Preview week two
The football rivalry returns Friday between Columbia City and Whitko. Along with it, is a new traveling trophy for the winning team to display throughout the year as winners of the Eel River Rivalry.
Columbia City at Whitko
Records: Columbia City 1-0, Whitko 1-0
Time: 7 p.m.
Last Week: Columbia City beat Warsaw at home 35-16. Whitko won at home over Wawasee 20-0.
Last meeting: In 2004, Columbia City’s lone win of the season came at Whitko 27-20.
Games Notes: Someone has to lose.
This is a season of change for both Columbia City and Whitko. Not since 2004 have the two Whitley County rivals met on the gridiron.
A 27-20 victory for the Eagles that season proved to be the only one for them as the two rivals went their separate ways.
Six years later, Columbia City and Whitko meet with each having a win under its belt in week one. It’s the first time since 1997 that the two rivals enter a game against one another with no loss between them.
The match-up they’re dubbing the Eel River Rivalry will come down to one’s offense against the other’s defense.
Whitko’s name of the game is defense. Working with a first-year quarterback in Alex Stoddard, the Wildcats had the defense help the offense hold a comfortable 20-0 lead allowing only 35 total yards by the Wawasee offense.
However, don’t be fooled. The Wildcats running game produced 223 yards on the ground between eight different rushers. Columbia City was outgained by the Tigers on the ground in week one 152-102.
The Eagles comes off the kind of offensive output they’ve been waiting to see against Warsaw. Quarterback Logan Rehrer looks poised for a big season through the air attack of the Randy Hudgins system. With multiple targets, Rehrer heads into week two with five touchdowns in his statline.
Columbia City defense helped put the ball in the offense’s hand forcing five interceptions and two fumbles against the Tigers.
Churubusco at Central Noble
Records: Churubusco 1-0, Central Noble 0-1
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Time: 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Churubusco won at home over Fremont 46-0. Central Noble lost at Fairfield 52-0.
Last meeting: In 2009, Churubusco hosted the Cougars in week two beating their Noble county rival 39-0.
Games Notes: From one rivalry to another in week two, Churubusco gets its own taste of a rivalry its owned for the last six seasons.
Under a new head coach, the Cougars hope to change that but they will have a monumental task to take on in the senior-led Eagles.
Expectations turned into reality in week one for ’Busco with senior Kyle Mathewson coming off a near record breaking season to go for three touchdowns against Fremont and rush for 114 yards in just one half of play.
For the second consecutive season, Churubusco opened the season with a hard-hitting defense that shut out Fremont.
Despite it being a road game for the Eagles, the Cougars will be the ones that need to prove something early having not scored a point yet this season thanks in large part to NECC power Fairfield.