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Celebrating state title, Aurora Christian gives thanks to God

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Aurora Christian's head coach Don Beebe at Aurora Christian in Aurora, IL on Saturday, November 24, 2012 | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:27AM

AURORA – A rally for Aurora Christian School might be one of the few places where God gets a standing ovation.

That’s what happened Saturday — several times — as students, parents, staff and everyone in the Aurora Christian community gathered to honor their football team’s second straight 3A state title.

“God can teach a boy or a girl, whether they’re sitting on the bench or scoring a touchdown, about glory,” said Don Beebe, Aurora Christian coach, to a packed house at the Aurora Christian gym. “Because it’s not about you, it’s about him. One thing I tried to teach these boys was, when you step out onto a football field, you need to know why you do what you do. You play for Jesus.”

Beebe singled out praise for the 12 seniors on the team who have gone 26-2 during the past two years.

“Winning one championship is remarkable; winning two, is historic,” he said. “In 30 some years of football, you were the first to win a championship. Now you are the first to win back to back championships. Nobody will ever win back to back again — you were the first, and you will be the last. And next year you will be the first to do three in a row.”

He then delighted the crowd by starting a “repeat” chant.

Aurora Christian won its second consecutive title 42-12 Friday night, beating Tolono Unity at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Saturday, the team came back home to a parade through the far West Side, culminating in the rally at the school campus just off Sullivan Road. A bus carried the whole team and its coaches, but some hardy players braved the cold and sat on the roof.

Once inside, people heard from Superintendent Collette House, Principal Brian Wells, who also serves as an assistant football coach, and the Beebe clan — Dan, the athletic director, Don, the coach and Dave, the defensive coordinator.

“What you guys did, every place you went — I couldn’t be prouder of what you did on the field,” said Dan Beebe to the football players. “But I couldn’t be prouder of you did as men, off the field.”

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