We hoped for it, we knew it was ultimately going to happen and we got it.
Both Bishop Luers and Eastside took care of business on Friday night to set up their fourth straight matchup in sectional play. And like the last two seasons, it will be for a sectional championship in Butler.
The Blazers demolished Manchester 42-14 while the Knights rolled over Churubusco 42-9.
Bishop Luers was able to do whatever it wanted on offense as the Eagles defense tried to keep everything in front of them and not allow the Knights to use their speed to break off big plays.
“It was as much as anything to take what the defense gives us,” Luers head coach Kyle Lindsey said. “They were giving us the short pass game. I really liked how the offensive line came off the ball, particularly after the first drive.”
Lindsey continued to say that this was the best game the offensive line has played all year.
The Knights are going to need their offensive line to continue to play at a high level next week against the Blazers.
Bishop Luers should know what good offensive line play can do for a team after it saw Eastside’s line push its defensive line around last year.
On Friday night, the Knights offensive line was able to give Charlie Stanski plenty of time to find open receivers and create wide lanes for R.J. Hogue and Gio Jimenez to run through. Even near the goal line, it was able to get a push for Mickey Daring to bulldoze his way into the end zone for a pair of touchdowns.
“Everybody was doing their job. The offensive line was getting their blocks. The receivers were making plays all night long. Everything was just clicking,” Stanski said.
Stanski finished 17-of-21 for 182 yards. As a team, Luers rushed for 164 yards on 25 carries. Jimenez was able to break off a few big gains and ended up with 75 yards on seven attempts.
Bishop Luers’ varsity went 6-for-6 on drives finishing in the end zone. Its final drive was led by its reserves and resulted in a safety.
What should slightly worry the Knights going into next week was the fact that Churubusco’s offensive line was able to get a push and open up holes for Wyatt Marks to keep the chains moving. However, Luers defense did stiffen up when it needed to and ended a pair of long drives by the Eagles. Damiun Jackson came up with a big sack to stop a lengthy drive near the end of the second quarter. The Knights went up three scores on the ensuing drive.
Churubusco finished with 225 total yards of offense. Marks had 24 carries for 88 yards, and Buroff finished with 29 yards on 11 rushes.
The key for Luers in the trenches next week is communication and getting off the ball.
“We didn’t do a very good job of that last year. (Eastside) beat us off the ball, they beat us in the trenches last year, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. I thought our defense played stubborn. We had a tough time bringing Laban (Davis) and Dax (Holman) down a year ago,” Lindsey said. “That’s where next Friday is going to be won or loss is up front.”
Eastside still has Holman and quarterback Carsen Jacobs has done his best impression of Davis this season. Jacobs hasn’t put up the gaudy numbers that Davis did last year, but he’s still a legit dual-threat quarterback that is slippery and tough to take down.
Oh, and the Blazers’ offensive line is still big and physical. Just ask Churubusco.
We got the matchup everyone wanted to see. Eastside-Bishop Luers part four. Parts one, two and three were all decided by seven points or less.
“I expect a dog fight,” Stanski said. “It’s going to be a physical game. It has been the last four years. It’ll be fun. I like our chances.”
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