Aurora Christian dominates Guerin
Updated: September 17, 2011 12:34AM
What is more impressive — Aurora Christian’s football team scoring 183 points in four games or the fact the Eagles have allowed just 27 points?
After Aurora Christian’s 43-0 Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division win over Guerin Prep Friday night in Aurora, coach Don Beebe thought defense was key in this particular game.
“Tonight, I thought the defense played better,” Beebe said. “We had a lot of penalties (13) and a lot of holding (7). We can’t do that. That took our offense out of continuity. It’s hard, I don’t care who we are playing. We put our defense in some tough situations. We were able to neutralize (Guerin quarterback Tommy Kelly) pretty well.”
“Both sides are doing great,” Aurora Christian junior wide receiver Cory Windle said. “Our defense took down Stillman (Valley in Week 1). Offense is doing well and worked hard over the summer.”
This was Aurora Christian’s second shutout of the season. The Eagles are now 4-0 entering Week 5’s game against Montini, the two-time Class 5A state champions. Guerin drops to 2-2.
The Eagles’ first score was an 8-yard pass from quarterback Anthony Maddie to Noah Roberts in the first quarter just 1:01 into the game. That was followed by a Maddie pass to Brandon Mayes, who stumbled in for a 13-yard score. Ryan Suttle scored the third touchdown — a 12-yard pass, followed by a 2-point conversion from Windle that pushed the halftime lead to 21-0.
In the third quarter, the Eagles posted 22 points off touchdowns from Mitch Holtz (12-yard pass from Maddie), Maddie (8-yard run) and Mayes (17-yard run).
“This offense can score a lot of different ways,” said the Western Michigan-bound Maddie. “A lot of it has been from passing, but we can run the football too. (Also), when you have good defense, it makes offense a lot easier.”
Kicker Julian Sosa suffered a concussion during the game. That forced the Eagles to use 2-point conversions instead of PATs. Aurora Christian was successful on three of four attempts.
“We haven’t gone for two (points) all year,” Beebe said. “We don’t know when he is coming back or what we will do from a kicking standpoint. We’ll figure something out.”
Sosa’s injury adds to a growing list for the Eagles. Four other players (Ryan McQuade, Chad Beebe, Grayson Roberts, Jonah Walker) are sitting out with ailments, yet they remain undefeated.
“We have great depth, and everyone healthy is working hard,” Windle said.