Two early turnovers put Prairie Heights in a hole it could never recover from last Friday night, as the Panthers fell to Churubusco, 34-0 in NECC football play at Hubert Cline Field in Brushy Prairie.
Beau Barkley’s recovery of a Heights bobble just over a minute into the contest gave the visiting Eagles possession at the Panther 36. Six plays later, Adrian Springer swept around his left end for a six-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Churubusco lead.
On the second play of their next possession, the Panthers again coughed up the ball. This time the recovery was made by Eagle tackle Brient Hicks at the Heights 40.
Churubusco faced a first-and -36 after suffering two major penalties. But runs of 12 and eight yards by Kane Johnson, a pass of 12 yards from Hayden Kilgore to Springer, and a seven-yard dash by Kilgore on fourth down gave the Eagles first-and-goal from the one. Kilgore then found tight end Corey Sarrazin all alone in the back of the end zone for a score and a 14-0 edge.
Cody Conwell sprinted 34 yards to paydirt with 4:13 left in the second period, upping the Churubusco advantage to 20-0. Conwell finished the game with 197 yards on 29 carries.
The Eagles (3-0) cashed in two more Prairie Heights turnovers into touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Johnson ran four yards for a tally one play following a fumble recovery by Dakota Labenz. Johnson then capped a nine-play, 35-yard drive with a six-yard scoring jaunt. Labenz also set up that march with a pass interception.
Prairie Heights, now 1-2 in the NECC and overall, travels to Central Noble (0-3) this Friday.
Prairie Heights 0
Scoring by quarters
CH 14 6 0 14 -34
PH 0 0 0 0 -0
CH—Adrian Springer six-yard run, Taylor Fisher kick
CH—Corey Sarrazin one-yard pass from Hayden Kilgore, Fisher kick
CH—Cody Conwell 34-yard run, kick no good
CH—Kane Johnson four-yard run, Fisher kick
CH—Johnson six-yard run, Fisher kick