AURORA – Walther Lutheran had no answer for Aurora Central Catholic’s one-two running punch of Brian Bohr and Julian Rios, as the Chargers rolled to a 42-7 victory in Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division play.
Bohr rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Rios gained 112 yards on just seven rushes, scoring twice.
Bohr and Rios both had to step up their games after senior running back Steven Amoni left the game after Aurora Central Catholic’s first play from scrimmage with an injury.
But Amoni – who has been the workhorse for the Chargers this season with nearly 800 yards rushing – set the tone of the game with that one carry, dragging a pair of Walther Lutheran defenders with him for 20 yards.
The Chargers scored on a two-yard run by sophomore quarterback Matt Rahn as they began a streak of scoring a pair of touchdowns in each quarter.
The Chargers (5-1, 3-1 SCC Gold) found motivation for their impressive performance from a variety of sources.
First, it was homecoming.
“We’re going to really have fun at the dance,” Rios said. “We’re going to have lots of fun. The second year in a row of winning the homecoming game – it’s great.”
Secondly, ACC wanted to eradicate the bitter memories of last year’s 28-26 loss to the Broncos.
“There was a video playing in our weight room since Jan. 3 when we came back from Christmas break [showing] all the breakdowns we had against these guys last year,” Aurora Central Catholic coach Brian Casey said. “Last year, it cost us an opportunity to make the playoffs. [Our players] were upset they had to watch that for nine straight months.”
Finally, the victory made the Chargers playoff eligible and virtually guaranteed their first postseason appearance in 15 years.
“We’re doing really well,” Rios said. “We’re clicking. Everyone is playing as one. It was a team win tonight.”
The defense did its part, keeping Walther Lutheran (1-5, 1-3) off the scoreboard for three quarters. Junior linebacker Jacob Holzer had a big game, including a sack and a tackle for loss.