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West Aurora closes with lopsided road victory

There were a number of bizarre happenings at the season finale between West Aurora and Glenbard East, starting with one of the four banks of lights not functioning the entire game at the Rams’ field.

By the time the game finished not long before midnight, West Aurora made enough big plays to pull away from the Rams by a 52-18 count. The victory enabled the Blackhawks to end the season with a two-game win streak.

Quintez Jones threw three touchdown passes, two to his favorite target Cole Childs, to enable West Aurora to improve to 3-6 overall and 2-5 in the DuPage Valley Conference.

It was the head-scratching plays that will be remembered from this game.

Not three minutes into the game, elusive Glenbard East quarterback Joe Kotch was running straight ahead on one of his 13 rushes for the game. Somehow, Trevon Williams stole the ball from Kotch and started running the other way. After Williams had run 41 yards, he was tackled and fumbled as he went down. Childs was the closest man to the ball, scooped it up, and ran the final 38 yards for the unusual touchdown.

The Blackhawks took advantage of another turnover late in the first quarter. A blitzing Spencer Thomas deflected Kotch’s pass, allowing Devontae Ward to make the easy interception at the Ram 33. DeQuan Booker then ran three straight times, the second one a 29-yard counter run to the Glenbard East 1, before Jones executed a perfect play-action fake and passed to Thomas for a 14-0 lead.

Glenbard East answered with a nine-play drive to cut the lead to 14-6 on a 7-yard pass from Kotch to Malysha Sanders. But West Aurora added a 32-yard field goal by Bryan Watkins. Then the Blackhawks ran their two-minute offense to perfection. Jones found Childs open in the end zone from 15 yards out with only six seconds left in the half. It was Childs’ fourth reception of the drive. He had five catches for 97 yards to lead West.

Little did anyone know that the Blackhawks would score 22 seconds later, wrapped around the intermission. That’s because Tony Oros took the second-half kickoff, broke a tackle, and sped 90 yards.

Midway through the third period, West Aurora scored its second touchdown of the quarter on special teams. Watkins, set to punt, fumbled the snap, but looked up and saw an opening on the left side. He ran 41 yards for a touchdown seemed to put the game out of reach, at 38-6.

But Glenbard East (1-8, 1-6) scored twice in less than a minute sandwiched around a West Aurora turnover. The scores came on a 20-yard pass from Kotch to Mike Kjeldsen and a 5-yard run by Jordan Abushanab.

Ram fans were smelling a comeback, but Childs put the Blackhawks back in control with a 50-yard touchdown reception. Booker capped the scoring on a one-yard run early in the fourth period. He finished with 141 yards on 18 carries, all but nine yards coming in the first half.

With the exception of a second-half interception, Jones played well, connecting on 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards. For Glenbard East, Kotch had a hand in almost all the offense, rushing for 77 yards and passing for 243.

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