Aurora Christian stays unbeaten
By Paul Johnson For Sun-Times Media October 5, 2012 11:18PM
Aurora Christian's Ryan Suttle fights off a tackle attempt by Immaculate Conception's Adam Muellers (18) and Joey Iavarone in the second quarter Friday in Aurora. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 6, 2012 12:32AM
Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe didn’t sound like a man who just won a football game by 27 points Friday, but that may just be a sign the Eagles have something special brewing yet again this season.
Despite not being pleased with his passing game or special teams, Beebe still saw his team post a 47-20 Suburban Christian crossover win over Immaculate Conception in advance of next week’s showdown of defending state champions against Montini.
“I’ll be honest with you, we didn’t play great football and we still won by 27,” Beebe said. “That’s a good thing. That’s a sign that we’re a really good football team, that we can play bad and still win.”
The Eagles (7-0) put the hammer down defensively in the first half, building a 35-7 in the process. ACS held the Knights (4-3) to one first down in the half, Randy Leslie’s 26-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Demetrius Carr did not complete a pass in the half.
“I’ve said it all year, this is the best defense that we have had,” Beebe said. “I don’t think that’s a question anymore.”
The Eagles were balanced offensively, with Ryan McQuade completing 17 of 32 for 200 yards passing and senior running back Joel Bouagnon rushing for 197 yards and three scores. McQuade tossed two touchdown passes to Cory Windle to start the scoring.
Bouagnon’s scores of 1, 2 and 42 yards were mixed in with short touchdown runs from Brandon Mayes and Victor Rosa to cap the scoring.
The Eagles were able to brush off the extra commitments of homecoming week and not overlook Immaculate Conception with the showdown with Montini on the horizon to pick up the win.
“The main event is this game,” Bouagnon said of homecoming. “You don’t need to get distracted by anything. This is what everybody does everything for. That’s why this is at the end. This is the show of homecoming. We weren’t distracted at all. We were ready to play this game. This is what matters.”
Now, the Eagles can take their perfect record to Lombard next Friday in a battle of the Class 3A and 5A state champions in a key Suburban Christian Blue battle.
“We’re excited,” Bouagnon said. “We’re ready to play them. We’re ready to take it to them.”