Football: West Aurora overmatches rival East Aurora
By Rick Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org August 24, 2012 10:56PM
West Aurora's Booker Ross breaks free for a touchdown last season against East Aurora. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 25, 2012 1:15AM
Too many East Aurora turnovers and too many offensive weapons for West Aurora in Friday’s crosstown showdown led to the Blackhawks 59-19 romp.
“I think that first fumble was huge,” said East coach Kurt Becker, whose team turned it over on the third play of the game.
Cole Childs, who forced Jamaria Littleton’s fumble and recovered it at the East 33, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Quintez Jones after a 19-yard run off tackle by Booker Ross.
The Blackhawks were off to the races, scoring on all seven first-half possessions, capped by Bryan Watkins 30-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to give the home team a 45-13 lead at the break.
“If we could have generated a drive and done something with (the ball on that first drive) it would have given some confidence to the group and maybe changed the dynamic, somewhat,” said Becker, whose team turned the ball over three more times in the first half on interceptions thrown by sophomore QB David Fonseco (10-for-19, 105 yards, 2 TDs).
“David did a good job,” continued Becker. “First varsity game. Sophomore. Rivalry.”
He was picked off twice by cornerback Charles House who had returns of 37 and 33 yards. On the second, Fonseco’s tackle saved a TD.
“Charles (House) is our defensive captain and he played like one tonight,” said West coach Nate Eimer.
Linebacker Matt Williams had the other pick.
West led 21-0 when Fonseco drove the Tomcats, who have now lost 12 straight to the Blackhawks and trail the series 60-48-12, 64 yards for a score on a 10-yard pass to Desmond Gant.
“(But) Our offense came back and scored and I thought that was a really big step for this game,” said Eimer, whose club took only 53 seconds to answer on a 60-yard run by Ross.
“I just followed the line, that one was on a counter,” said Ross, who had 11 carries for 174 yards and added a 2-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Jones, meanwhile, completed all six of his passes for 136 yards and had three more TD passes, all to Childs, on plays that covered 30, 7 and 61 yards.
“He’s really put some time in,” Eimer said of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Jones. “He wanted to be good and I think tonight was a real good start for him. He’s definitely a different quarterback from what we saw last year. The part of the game that doesn’t show up in the stats is how much he orchestrates an offense and he just did a phenomenal job with that tonight.”
Littleton finished with 112 hard-fought yards on 23 carries, but the Tomcats were outgained 400-251 in total yards.
“As you can see, the No. 1 thing is numbers,” said Becker, whose team carries a 31-game losing streak into next week’s game at Yorkville.
“You can’t play a DVC (DuPage Valley Conference) team that dresses 70 guys when we’ve only got 30. Most of those (West) kids have been in the program and they’ve been lifting and it shows. They’ve got the numbers to do what they gotta do. That’s where we need to get.”