AURORA – After the St. Edward football team fumbled a punt late in the third quarter, Aurora Central Catholic put itself in great field position to make a comeback.
Chargers quarterback Matt Schaefer ran five yards for a touchdown as time expired in the third to cut the deficit to six. However, ACC didn’t score any more afterward, and the Chargers fell, 35-21, Friday in the Suburban Christian Conference crossover.
The Green Wave were led by Davontae Elam’s 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers could never stop the St. Edward running game.
ACC’s top player was Schaefer, who finished the game with 75 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
The Chargers started the scoring in the first quarter with a four-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a Schaefer 2-yard touchdown run. St. Edward immediately answered two and a half minutes later when Tighe Koehring broke for a 47-yard run and score.
Schaefer put ACC (3-2) back on top with his second touchdown of the contest — this time a 21-yard run for the TD. The Green Wave tied the score again at the end of the first quarter with an Elam touchdown run to make the score 14-14.
St. Edward scored the only points of the second quarter after a 74-yard drive that took 12 plays. Michael Castoro ran into the end zone from 24 yards out and the Green Wave led, 21-14, at halftime.
To start the second half, the Green Wave (3-2) took nearly seven minutes off the clock on a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ended when Joe Mullen found Nick Duffy for a 25-yard touchdown completion.
After the Chargers’ final score at the end of the third, St. Edward scored once more to put the game away.
ACC coach Brian Casey brought in Kyle Reilly at quarterback down the stretch in the fourth quarter to make big throws downfield. Reilly completed five passes for 70 yards. Julian Rios was another big contributor for the Chargers as he ran for 56 yards.