Football: Aurora Central wins physical battle with Pontiac
By Mike Knapp For Sun-Times Media August 24, 2012 11:22PM
Updated: August 25, 2012 1:15AM
Aurora Central senior Steven Amoni carried the ball 24 times against Pontiac Friday, and when he wakes up he is going to feel every one of them.
But it’s going to be a good kind of hurt as those carries produced 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Chargers to a season-opening 25-15 win in a non-conference game.
Amoni, who rushed for 100 yards in the second half, rumbled in from 28 yards in the third quarter to make it an 18-0 game. When the Indians scored on an Alex Friedman keeper to make it an 18-15 game with 1:07 to go, Amoni put the capper on the win with a 53-yard scamper one play later. All told, Central rushed for 252 yards and controlled much of the clock.
“It was a fantastic game, our line stayed positive all game and on that last run I could have driven a semi through (the hole),” Amoni said. “It was a fun game and it was physical.”
The line was solid on both sides of the football for the Chargers, as the two-way efforts of Izzy Rosa, Josiah Padilla, Tony Cisneros, Tony Hizo and Jake McCarthy up front helped Central stay in control for most of the game.
Pontiac had three yards of total offense in the first half — and 158 for the game — 69 of which came on a Friedman-to-Adam Green screen pass that set up their first score. The Indians managed just 56 yards rushing on 35 carries.
“We’ve got some boys that like popping, and (Friday) it worked in our favor,” said Central coach Brian Casey. “When we win the line of scrimmage we will win more than we lose.”
Brian Bohr rushed for 59 yards for Central, while Matt Rahn threw for 52 yards, including a 17-yard scoring strike to Sean Anger to give the Chargers a 10-0 halftime lead.