Immaculate Conception continues mastery of Aurora Central
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2012 11:02PM
Aurora Central Catholic's Steve Belovich struggles to break free from Immaculate Conception's Randy Leslie during Friday's game in Aurora. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 8, 2012 12:50AM
The annual meeting between Aurora Central Catholic and Immaculate Conception hasn’t fostered into much of a rivalry because the Knights have dominated the matchup for more than a decade.
That trend continued when the teams clashed on Friday in Aurora in the Suburban Christian Gold Conference opener for both squads.
Immaculate Conception (3-0, 1-0) scored a late first half touchdown to take a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 33-0 victory.
Aurora Central (2-1, 0-1) lost its 14th straight game to the Knights. Its last victory against them came in 1998.
“I was most proud of how we competed tonight,” Aurora Central coach Brian Casey said. “Last year it was over quickly, but this year I felt (Immaculate Conception) had to earn it.”
Senior quarterback Dimitris Carr put the Knights ahead 7-0 in the first quarter when he found an opening and took advantage of it, scampering for a 47-yard touchdown run.
Both teams missed field goal attempts before Immaculate Conception struck again, this time on a 26-yard run from Danny D’Angelo.
“We definitely wanted to set the tone early and play at our speed,” Immaculate Conception coach Bill Krefft said. “I think they are a very fast team, but I think we’re more physical than them and our kids came out and set the tone early using their speed.”
Carr connected with D’Angelo on an 8-yard touchdown pass with less than half a minute left before halftime to extend the lead to 21-0. The winners carried the momentum into the second half, opening it with a nine-play drive, which culminated on a 1-yard touchdown run from Joey Iavarone.
The Knights picked up their final touchdown early in the fourth quarter when junior Genard Bell, who was celebrating a birthday, exploded for a 9-yard run.
Steven Amoni rushed for a game-high 119 yards for the Chargers.