Saturday’s preview: Aurora University at Rockford College
November 8, 2012 4:20PM
Aurora University running back Brandon Trujillo scores a touchdown during an Oct. 6 game against Benedictine University. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:18AM
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Last week: AU was defeated by Concordia-Wisconsin, 45-21; Rockford College lost to Wisconsin Lutheran, 34-14.
Rockford outlook: While still not a good football team at 2-7 overall (1-5 in the Northern Athletics Conference), the Regents are getting better.
Junior running back Matthew Botello is the second leading rusher in the NAC. He averages 91.2 yards per game in conference play and has rushed for 821 yards on 144 carries.
Rockford has spent most of the season alternating quarterbacks with sophomore Jacob Gorsuch and junior Aabed Nekrawesh, and both have thrown for over 700 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Seth Swinehart is the fifth leading tackler in the NAC.
Rockford will honor its seniors before the game which makes the task even more difficult for the Spartans.
Aurora outlook: There is no doubt the Spartans (4-5, 3-3) would love to make up for last week’s loss to a good Concordia-Wisconsin team but it won’t be easy.
“They are a dangerous team. They have some weapons you have to be aware of,” AU coach Mark Walsh said.
AU must put a stop on needless penalties. The Spartans were flagged for 130 yards last week with some stopping AU drives while others helped Concordia’s offense.
Picked no better than sixth in the NAC, the Spartans could end with a 4-3 conference mark and a fourth-place finish. While Walsh will want his seniors to go out with a win, he’ll also look at underclassmen with thoughts of next season.
Quote: “We know we’re in for a battle on their senior game. It’s going to be a hard game (because) we always seem to have trouble (winning) there,” Walsh said.
Next week: The AU underclassmen and the coaching staff can start thinking about the 2013 opener, Sept. 7 against Illinois Wesleyan at Vago Field.
— Bill Kindt