CHURUBUSCO — While Churubusco’s football season seemingly ended the same as it did last year — a lopsided loss at Bishop Luers.
But Friday’s 21-0 score is hardly comparable to last season’s 34-7 loss to the Knights.
The Eagles held the score to a one-possession game for the first 39 minutes of play, had several threatening offensive drives and a defense that forced Luers to multiple 4th-and-longs. The Knights were scoreless for two quarters, only reaching the end zone in the final seven minutes.
Last season, the game was blown out of sight in the first half, as ’Busco fell to a quick 21-0 deficit in the first half, only scoring in the final minute of the game.
Luers went on to win its third state title in a row. The Knights are en route to another title, as one of Indiana’s top-ranked teams.
“They’re very talented and its been diffficult for teams to move the ball on them all year,” Churubusco Head Coach Lee Etzler said.
’Busco’s Jason Nicodemus, the team’s leading rusher all season, wasn’t able to break 200 yards against Bishop Luers, as he averaged four yards per carry.
“At times we moved the ball well, but we weren’t able to capitalize on our offensive possessions,” Etzler said.
Such as ’Busco’s drive in the third quarter. The Eagles were down 7-0, and Nicodemus moved the ball to the Luers 20-yard line, but it got stripped and the Knights scooped up the ball.
On ’Busco’s next possession, the Eagles moved the ball to the 22-yard line, but on a 4th-and-6, a potential touchdown pass was intercepted in the end zone.
“We had our opportunities,” Churubusco Head Coach Lee Etzler said. “It could’ve been a different result. It’s difficult when its your last game.”
Despite the disappointment of the loss, the Eagles didn’t make it an easy win for Luers.
The Knights scored on their second possession, but between penalties — which cost them two touchdowns — and Churubusco’s strong defense, Bishop Luers went scoreless for 39 minutes of play.
On the first two possessions of the second half, the Eagles forced Luers into 4th-and-long. On third possession, a sack turned into a fumble, which was recovered by Joe Zumbrun.
Luers scored for the second time with 7:27 to play, and again with two minutes left in the game, as ’Busco’s line began to breakdown.
“None of their offensive linemen play both sides of the ball,” Etzler said. “Most of our guys play both sides. We were probably worn down a little bit.”
Etzler said he is more disappointed that the season is over, than losing the game.
“We enjoyed coaching these kids and they enjoyed playing together,” Etzler said. “We have nothing to hang our heads about. We had an outstanding season and an outstanding team.
The Eagles finish the season 10-2.