CULVER — The Culver Military Academy defense came up big as it forced four turnovers in a battle against Class 2A Churubusco Friday night.
Busco came into the game undefeated at 6-0, but came up empty as the CMA Eagles defense held it to only two scores, a feat that Coach Andy Dorrel was very pleased with during his team’s 35-16 victory.
“Our defense forced a number of turnovers, and I was very excited that we were able to hold this team to 16 points,” he said. “They had scored over 50 points the last four weeks in a row and we held them to two scores. And then our team was still battling and not giving up and that last tip away was very gratifying.”
Beau Ecksten got the scoring started with a 4-yard run as he raced for the corner of the end zone with 5:05 left in the first quarter.
Joel Tinney would score in the second quarter on a 65-yard run where he proved he was the fastest player on the field. He was the player of the night as he added another 55-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter and a couple of interceptions on defense.
Braydon Shively also had an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Hayes Barnes scored on a 15-yard un in the third.
Jason Nicodemus ran well for Churubusco grinding out almost 250 yards on the ground, most of them right up the middle. He was able to eat up a lot of ground, but Culver was able to hold him out of the end zone until the fourth quarter where it was too little to late. He would score on an 8-yard run which would be Churbusco’s last score of the game.
Barnes would add another score on the ground to finish off the game.
The theme of the night was taking care of the football on offense and capitalizing on turnovers on defense. Culver was able to score twice off of turnovers. According to Dorrel that can be the difference in the ball game.
“To be able to take advantage of turnovers and score can just take the heart out of a team and we were able to do that tonight,” he said.
Culver will face 4-2 Sheridan next week.
• CULVER MILITARY 35,
Churubusco: 0 8 0 8 – 16
CMA: 7 7 14 7 – 35
CMA — Beau Ecksten 4 run. Ryan Graf kick., 5:05.
CMA — Joel Tinney 65 run. Graf kick, 11:48.
C – Braydon Shively 8 run. Jason Nicodemus run, 6:26.
CMA — Tinney 55 run. Graf kick, 4:11
CMA — Hayes Barnes 15 run. Graf kick, 3:18.
C — Jason Nicodemus 8 run. Sam Siddons pass from Jay Petrie, 11:16.
CMA – Barnes 6 run. Graf kick, 1:50.
First downs 19 8
Total yards 412 244
Yards passing 26 68
Passing 3-16-3 5-9-0
Punting 2/28 3/50
Fumbles/lost 1/1 2/0
Penalties/Yds 7/70 7/42
Records: CMA 5-2, Churubusco 6-1