CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s football team finished the regular season in prime fashion Friday, downing Fairfield 62-8 on senior night.
The Eagles scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 35-0 at halftime. Twenty-one more points in the third quarter gave the Eagles an impressive 56-0 lead going into the fourth, where Fairfield scored its first and only touchdown.
Friday night’s game was the first time this year’s squad has been tested in cold, rainy conditions, and Sade is happy with how his quarterback and receivers handled the elements. Richards completed six of eight passes for 104 yards in the slippery conditions.
“Tom and the receivers did a great job of throwing and catching,” said Churubusco head coach Paul Sade. “It was cold. It was wet. If this was the third or fourth game we’ve dealt with this, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal. I thought I would be happy when it came down from 80 degrees, but I didn’t want this.”
Richards opened the game with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandt Parsons three minutes into the game. Nate Keener followed with a 3-yard touchdown run just two minutes later, and Richards ran in one of his own from 2 yards out and 3:07 left in the first.
The second quarter was more of the same, as the Eagles scored three minutes in the quarter off a 7-yard Richards’ carry, then again three minutes later off a 9-yard pass from Richards to Joey Emenhiser.
Emenhiser, also the Eagles’ kicker, completed eight of nine extra-point attempts on the night.
After halftime, Gage Kelly slipped away for a 56-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. The next two touchdowns came from the defense — first, a pick-six by Sam Wood; and second, a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Tanner Allen.
The Eagles second-string players came in during the fourth quarter, and Seth Able added one last Churubusco touchdown, a rush from 5 yards out, before Fairfield got on the scoreboard with minutes left in the game, making the final score 62-8.
Sade was pleased with the Eagles’ performance in preparation for the sectional opener against South Adams next week.
“There’s no easy path through our sectional,” Sade said. “It doesn’t matter who you draw. South Adams is as good as anyone in Class 1A.”
The Eagles finish the regular season with a 8-1 record — not the undefeated season Churubusco wanted, but last week’s loss to West Noble may have been a blessing in disguise.
“It probably was a piece of humble pie at the right time,” Sade said. “We’re going to need to play as good as we can play to have a chance to advance in the sectional. We can’t go out and play passive and expect to win.”
The Eagles host South Adams in the Class 1A sectional opener. Fairfield finished the regular season 0-8.