ELGIN – The Aurora Central Catholic football team pulled away from St. Edward, 25-7, on Friday, inching closer to the program’s first postseason berth since 1997.
The Chargers (4-1) can be grateful for the running of Steven Amoni in the Suburban Christian Conference crossover victory.
Chargers coach Brian Casey was very happy with the win, saying, “The character of our kids, back to the wall, that’s a spot where in the past our program would have folded or backed down. Now we have a chance to compete in the postseason for the first time in awhile.”
As for Amoni, the 200-pound senior running back scored two touchdowns and handled the bulk of the carries while also taking on double duty as linebacker.
On their homecoming night, the Green Wave grabbed an early lead with two deep completions to Andrew Yarwood – a Burlington Central transfer – and Danny Favela, which led to a one-yard touchdown run by junior Davontae Elam.
The Chargers countered with a backlash of points, including a one-yard quarterback sneak by Matt Rahn, the two Amoni touchdowns and a pair of field goals set up from big plays in the passing game. Rahn was on target all night. Casey emphasized the passing game despite the wet conditions.
ACC’s 5-4 defense was the key to its success on the other side of the ball. By stacking the box, ACC forced the Green Wave to go to the air and, for the most part, it held quarterback Mikey Castoro in check. Spirits were high for the Chargers, who can become playoff eligible with a home win against Walther Lutheran next week.
“We’re not finished yet,” Casey said. “We have a lot of work to do.”
St. Charles East 2, Hinsdale Central 0 (25-22, 25-13): At Hinsdale, Nicole Woods contributed 13 digs and 10 kills to help East improve to 12-7. Erienne Barry dished 25 assists for the Saints, while Emma Johnson added six kills.
• Thomas Kuebler contributed to this report.