AURORA – The Aurora Christian football team had to wait four extra days to play its first game of the 2013 season. Once the Eagles hit the field Tuesday night, they wasted no time in taking control against Chicago DuSable.
Aurora Christian tallied 57 points in the first half, including scoring four touchdowns in less than a minute in the second quarter, on its way to a 64-0 victory over the Panthers.
The joy of the win was dampened by the play that ended the game.
Playing under a running clock, DuSable running back Emmanuel Williams injured his leg while being tackled by Eagle defenders late in the third quarter. The injury was severe enough that Williams was taken off the field on a stretcher and put into a waiting ambulance.
Game officials decided to call the game at that point.
“We were just trying to get through it and when the kid got hurt, I could tell that the (DuSable) coach was ready to go,” Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe. “I said let’s just get this thing done with. We don’t need to play anymore.”
A 10-yard pass from Eagles quarterback Austin Bray to Noah Roberts 33 seconds into the second quarter started the 28 point scoring barrage. Aurora Christian was already leading, 14-0.
The Eagles’ Legend Smith intercepted Lonzell Easton’s pass at the Panthers’ 26-yard line on DuSable’s first play from scrimmage on their next possession. The senior returned it for a TD at 11:11 of the second frame.
The Eagles recovered a fumble on Du-Sable’s 2-yard line on the Panthers’ next series. Bray connected again with Roberts for a score 18 seconds later.
Brandon Walgren completed the scoring binge by intercepting another DuSable pass and returning it 20 yards for a fourth TD at the 10:36 mark of the quarter.
Aurora Christian added two more scores late in the second quarter. The fifth touchdown was scored on a 5 yard run by Smith (five carries for 83 yards). The Eagles made a two-point conversion on the play when Bray, who was the holder for kicker Nick Van Gilse, fumbled the snap and ran the ball in.
Van Gilse was a perfect 7 for 7 on his kicks.
The last touchdown of the half came on the Eagles’ third interception of the night, a 20-yard return by Daniel Brown.
“We caught fire defensively and scored three on defense,” Beebe said. “That’s got to make my brother (defensive coordinator David Beebe) happy.”
The Eagles scored their last touchdown on their only play from scrimmage in the second half. Kimani Mobley scampered 26 yard for the TD.
The Eagles relied heavily on the arm of Bray. The junior QB completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns.
“He really threw a nice ball. He throws it hard,” Beebe said. ”I’d like to improve on the 11 of 18 but a lot of those weren’t his fault. We will address that.”
The game originally was scheduled to be played Friday but was postponed by lightning. Beebe was not concerned about having his team needing to return to the field so quickly on Friday for the Eagles’ next game against Chicago Urban Prep.
“The team will get the next two days off, but they will be fine,” Beebe said.
AURORA CHRISTIAN 64, DUSABLE 0
DuSable 0 0 0 X– 0
AC 14 43 7 X – 64
HOW THEY SCORED
AC – Walgren 20 yard pass from Bray (Van Gilse kick) 9:40
AC- Hagerty 10 yard pass from Bray (Van Gilse kick) 7:10
AC – Roberts 10 yard pass from Bray (Van Gilse kick) 11:27
AC – Smith 26 yard interception (Van Gilse kick) 11:11
AC – Roberts 2 yard pass from Bray (Van Gilse kick) 10:53
AC – Walgren 20 yard interception (Van Gilse kick) 10:36
AC – Smith 5 yard run (2 point conversion by Bray) 3:39
AC – Brown 20 yard interception (Van Gilse kick) 0:48
AC – Mobley 26 yard run (Van Gilse kick) 6:00
RUSHING – AC: Bray 1-10, Smith 5-83, Hills 1-23, Mobley 1-26, Totals: 8-142. DuSable: Phillips 4-5, Easton 11-24, Williams 2-5 Totals:17-34
PASSING – AC: Bray 11-18-4-129, DuSable: Easton: 2-4-0-19
RECEIVING – AC: Walgren 3-32, Hagerty 4-61, Smith 1-(-2) Carpenter 1-15, Roberts 2-23 Totals: 11-129 . DuSable: Leggitt 1-7, Echols 1-12, Total 2-19
TOTAL OFFENSE – AC 271, DuSable: 53