Aurora Central dominates Walther Lutheran
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media September 29, 2012 12:06AM
Updated: September 29, 2012 12:26AM
The atmosphere was filled with an electric energy at Aurora Central Catholic on Friday night and it wasn’t just because of the fireworks on display and the other homecoming festivities.
The real buzz is what has been happening on the field this season. After dominating visiting Walther Lutheran 42-7 in a Suburban Christian Gold battle, the Chargers (5-1, 3-1) guaranteed themselves a winning record for the first time since 1997 and are also now playoff eligible.
“We are very excited about where we are at but certainly not content,” said ACC coach Brian Casey. “We have had a chance to put a lot of history behind us, but we still have a lot more we want to accomplish.”
The Chargers avenged a heartbreaking 28-26 loss to Walther Lutheran last year that slipped through their grasp and cost them a playoff spot.
“We have been looking at that game film since January,” said Casey. “I think seeing the breakdowns we had last year over and over was motivation to make sure it didn’t happen again this year.”
The Chargers rolled to victory behind a powerful running attack that racked up 394 yards on the ground, despite losing their top rusher on the season, Steve Amoni, to an ankle injury early in the first quarter.
A host of running backs picked up the slack, including Brian Bohr who had team high 127 yards and a touchdown. Julian Ross (114 yards) and Steve Belovich each scored a pair of touchdowns.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of this,” said Bohr. “It’s been crazy around here. The line did a great job of opening holes tonight.”
ACC marched 66, 46 and 80 yards on its first three possessions for touchdown to go up 21-0. Quarterback Mark Rahn scored the first one on a 9-yard run. Belovich followed with a 1-yard run, and Rios scored form 11 yards out. Rios added another 4-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter to give the Chargers a 28-0 lead at the half.
“We have a lot of guys who have been playing together for a long time,” said Casey. “And that chemistry is really allowing our offense to run fluid. We are clicking on nearly all cylinders right now.”
Belovich and Bohr each rushed for touchdowns in the second half to make it 42-0 late in the third quarter and start a running clock.
The Chargers defense allowed only 146 yards.
The only score came by the Broncos (1-5, 1-2) came in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Joe Lomnicki to Jon Fuqua. Belovich and Roman Padilla each had interceptions for the Chargers