FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The pursuit for an 11th straight winning season for Churubusco got off to a bad start Friday night, with the Eagles falling to rival Lakeland, 36-22.
Turtle Town was rocking early when Landon Harris rushed in for a score and gave ‘Busco a 6-0 lead.
The Lakers would take the lead before the first quarter ended. On fourth down, Eli Wallace got his team down to the one-yard line before scoring two players later. Lakeland would convert its two-point conversion to go up 8-6.
Lakeland would add to its lead in the second quarter, again Eli Wallace helping out his team. Wallace scored from 70 yards out to put Lakeland in front, 15-6.
The Lakers play their home owner next Friday night when they host New Haven in a non-conference game.
‘Busco will try for win number one when it takes on Lewis Cass at home in week two.
Garrett made quick work of Prairie Heights to open 2015 with a 52-12 win on the road.
The Railroaders’ night was highlighted by four first-quarter touchdowns.
Garrett’s Jaden Baker scored the team’s first two touchdowns of the year. The second one came after Prairie Heights threw an interception to Austin Johnson.
The Railroaders’ third score was on a punt return, when Ben Purdy ran back the punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
Garrett also had a passing attack. The final score of the first 12-minutes came on a Tanner Burns pass to Carter Back.
The Railroaders will host DeKalb next week.
Angola played the Barons in week one, and despite a 13-6 halftime lead, the Purple Hornets ended up falling, 26-20 on a Harrison Price touchdown in the final 85 seconds of the contest.
Angola put itself in great position in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jake Roddy connected with Jarrett Schultz for a touchdown pass. The Hornets led 20-12 after a good PAT.
DeKalb would march back in the final minutes. Price found star receiver Will Chrisman for one of his two receiving touchdowns on the night. This pass, along with a successful two-point try, tied the game at 20-20. Chrisman also had an interception in the game.
West Noble won the NECC big school division in 2014, but found itself on the losing end to start 2015, with a 18-12 overtime loss to rival Central Noble.
The win marked the first time Central Noble beat the Chargers since 2008.
The contest was tied at six in the fourth quarter. Central Noble would take the lead when quarterback Zach Brazel found Sam Bortner for a 20-yard score. The Cougars led 12-6 from there.
West Noble responded with a Tyler Griffith pass to Bradley Martin from 26 yards out.
The Chargers would also fail on their PAT, which kept the game even at 12-12.
Central Noble would score on a fourth down in overtime, and stop West Noble on its offensive possession.
The Cougars host North Miami in week two.
Fairfield dropped its season opener with a 26-7 loss at the hands of Goshen.
Last year’s NECC small school winner also dropped its 2015 season opener. Eastside fell to Woodlan, 29-12. Both teams were 8-4 in 2014.
Warriors and Blazers exchanging blows in the final minutes of the second quarter.
It began when Woodlan’s Jack Rhoades busted out a 30-yard touchdown run, which put Woodlan up 13-0.
Eastside answered right back.
The Blazers had just kept the drive alive with a fourth-down conversion that was followed by a Conner Dove pass to Landen Brow. The receiver found the endzone and brought the Blazers back within seven, making it a 13-6 ballgame.
However, the Warriors would strike once more. This one coming with just over 11 seconds left before halftime. Woodlan’s Justin Durkes threw up a Hail Mary pass that miraculously found the hands of Trevon McCarter. The 59-yard completion put Woodlan up 19-6 at halftime.
Eastside looks to rebound when it hosts Adams Central in week two.
Fremont, who was winless last fall, broke its losing streak Friday night with a 19-0 win over Blackford.
The Eagles host Southern Wells in week two.
In the Three Rivers Conference, Whitko blew past Cambridge City, 49-6. The Wildcats go to county rival Columbia City next week.
Wabash topped Boone Grove, 13-6 in a non-conference match-up. The Apaches host Alexandria next Friday night.
Manchester fell to Mississinewa, 27-20. The Squires get Bluffton on the road in week two. The Tigers dropped their week one game, 34-18 to Northfield.
Southwood dropped its contest with Southern Wells, 26-6. The team travels to Oak hill for week two.