CHURUBUSCO — Friday night’s Northeast Corner Conference football match-up between the Churubusco Eagles and the Prairie Heights Panthers was clearly a case of the “haves” versus the “have nots”.
Churubusco entered the contest “having” scored 90 points in its first two games, and “having” only given up seven points in the same two contests.
The Panthers on the other hand “have not” won a game yet, and “have not” beaten the Eagles for the last six years. Friday night’s “have-have not” contest ended as the six before them with the Eagles taking a 46-6 win over the Panthers behind the running of the Kyles, Mathewson and Monk.
The Eagles scored on every possession in the first half, taking a 31-0 lead into the locker room. The good news for the visiting Panthers was that it could have been worse since the Eagles had two first half scores called back on penalties.
Senior quarterback Monk was the first of the Kyles to put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a 49-yard punt return down the right sideline after the Panthers game-opening possession. With the extra point the Eagles took a 7-0 lead with 10:21 left in the first quarter.
Running back Kyle Mathewson capped a 56-yard, four play drive with a five-yard plunge up the middle to put the Eagles up 13-0 on Churubusco’s second possession.
Monk got back into the scoring parade for the Eagles with a 42-yard dance down the sideline that was set up by an interception by junior Layne Fulk. Monk’s second score gave the Eagles a 19-0 lead with 2:00 still remaining in the first quarter.
Mathewson tacked on his second touchdown of the first half at the 7:09 mark of the second quarter. The senior back rambled 15 yards for the score.
After Monk had a touchdown punt return called back on a blocking penalty, the Eagles engineered another scoring drive, with Monk hitting Mathewson with a seven-yard scoring toss with 8.8 seconds left in the half.
The Eagle running game was almost unstoppable in the first half as the hosts racked up 241 yards rushing on 17 carries, with Monk picking up 99 yards on four carries in the first half alone.
The Eagles had their third touchdown of the night called back on a 76-yard Kyle Mathewson return of the opening kick-off of the second half.
The Prairie Heights defense stiffened in the third quarter forcing an Eagle turnover on an interception, and taking over on downs to hold Churubusco scoreless in the third quarter.
The Eagles got back on track early in the fourth, when Monk took a Panther punt and returned it 65 yards down the right sideline, traveling the last 20 yards in a hobble due a possible leg cramp to give the Eagles a 38-0 lead with 10:56 left in the fourth quarter.
With the benches cleared both teams added scores in the fourth quarter to account for the final 46-6 score.
Churubusco rushed for 325 yards on the night, while holding the Panthers to 101 yards on the ground. Monk ended the game completing 4-of-9 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.