AURORA – Fireworks went off and fans swarmed the field after the Aurora Central Catholic football team edged Marmion, 13-12, in an upset victory at Bob Stewart Field on Friday night.
Marmion (6-2, 4-2 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) had not fallen to Aurora Central Catholic (6-2, 4-2 SCC Gold) since 2007, according to Chargers coach Brian Casey. The win solidifies ACC’s second straight playoff berth and served as a memorable end to the teams’ SCC rivalry as both schools will move to different conferences next year.
Entering the second half down 10-0, Aurora Central Catholic methodically drove down the field exclusively through its ground game. Running back Julian Rios capped off the first drive of the second half with a 39-yard jet sweep behind the left side of the offensive line.
“I saw a corner. I saw my blocker and I threw my blocker into one of the defenders, I cut back and all I saw was grass, and I scored,” Rios said.
Momentum shifted to the Chargers’ side after Rios’ score and a stop by ACC’s defense on Marmion’s next drive, but it was quickly erased when a snap went over the head of ACC quarterback Matt Schaefer and found its way out of the end zone.
Marmion, however, was unable to keep pushing after the safety made it 12-7, and was again forced to punt the ball away. ACC drove down the field again on the ground and worked its way in to the end zone on a 9-yard sweep by running back Roman Padilla.
With 7:08 to go in the game, Marmion pushed down to the Chargers’ 10-yard line behind running back Jordan Glasgow’s 51 rushing yards. On third-down-and-goal from the 10, Marmion quarterback Brock Krueger dropped back to pass but was hit by ACC linebacker Karlo Valenzuela, who jarred the ball loose. Defensive lineman Jeff Kus was able to hop on the ball and give the Chargers possession with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Marmion attempted one last drive at the end of the game, but Padilla was able to supplement his earlier touchdown run with an interception to end the Cadets’ hope of a comeback.
“I just had great jams on the line of scrimmage by my cornerback and my linebackers,” Padilla said. “I just read the quarterback’s eyes, and fortunately I came up with the ball.”
Casey was thrilled with his team’s effort on both sides of the ball, particularly on the line.
“We made plays when we needed to,” Casey said. “We told them all week, and we told them at 4:30 in our meeting that this game is gonna be won or lost up front.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Krueger opened up the scoring with a 3-yard keeper to cap off a 90-yard Cadet drive. Neither side was able to sustain a strong drive until kicker Riley DeMoss hit a 22-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to put Marmion up, 10-0.
Casey has hopes that this win will launch his team into a tough matchup next week against Montini with momentum.
“Marmion played Montini pretty tough,” Casey said. “Our kids are on cloud nine right now, they’re gonna come out next week and have a great week of practice, and guess what, we’re gonna lay it all out there next Friday and we’re gonna play that sonofagun to win.”
AURORA CENTRAL CATHOLIC 13, MARMION 12
MARMION 0 10 2 0 --12 ACC 0 0 7 6 -- 13
HOW THEY SCORED
M -- Krueger 3 run (DeMoss kick), 11:51 M -- DeMoss 22 field goal, 0:00Third Quarter
ACC -- Rios 39 run (Anaya kick good), 7:33 MAR -- Safety, 5:19Fourth Quarter
ACC -- Padilla 9 run (2-point failed), 7:08
RUSHING -- Marmion: Breen 2-2, Glasgow 16-93, Krueger 10-11, Mantalbano 2-15, Olabi 2-6, Warren 7-32. Totals: 37-159. Aurora Central Catholic: Bohr 4-5, Ekstrom 1-7, Padilla 6-26, Rios 15-113, Schaefer 16-36. Totals: 42-187.PASSING -- Marmion: Feltz 1-1-6-0-0, Krueger 4-13-64-0-1. Aurora Central Catholic: NoneRECEIVING -- Bicknell 1-12, Breen 1-8, Campbell 1-6, Glasgo 1-9, Montalbano 1-35. Aurora Central Catholic: NoneTOTAL OFFENSE -- Marmion 229, Aurora Central Catholic 187.SOPHOMORE GAME -- Marmion 53, Aurora Central Catholic 8