JV grid squad posts 9-0 record; also went undefeated in '07, '09

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by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER

Aurora -- The powerful Aurora High School junior varsity football squad notched a perfect 9-0 record this season.

That comes on the heels of an 8-2 record last year and undefeated campaigns in 2007 and 2008.

"JV football is very unique because all week long the JV team is the scout team for the varsity," JV coach Nick Kukarola said. "Which means they run the opposing team's plays and fronts to give our varsity team a look at what they will face on Friday night.

"So the only time the JV team practices actual Aurora offense and defense is in pregame on Saturday morning and then in the game," he added.

Kukarola said the Greenmen JVs "continue to be successful on Saturday mornings because our boys are very intelligent and can pick things up quickly and adapt to the situations that the game presents.

"Our boys are very responsive to coaching and have been running the same system since middle school.

"Because we have such a strong program at all levels, the boys are able to make up for their lack of practice time with our offense and defense because they have been doing it since they came into the program."

Besides being head coach, Kukarola coaches wide receivers, while Jay Price coaches the defense.

"Our varsity coaches also coach the JV team," Kukarola said. "We're not separate like many other sports.

"We do not release the names of top players for JV. We have players floating up and down from varsity and JV, and our success is a team effort."

Kukarola said the JV team's biggest challenge occurred Sept. 29 in a 13-10 victory over West Geauga.

"We won the game because of a goal-line stand by our defense," he said.

After the Greenmen JVs wrapped up their perfect season, Kukarola explained to them "how challenging it is to be successful on Saturday mornings having not practiced our stuff all week long.

"I told them we were proud of their efforts this season. I also said it is imperative for them to give 100 percent during the week so the varsity team is getting a good look."

Kukarola praised the parents and students.

"They are awesome," he said. "Every week, no matter home or away, we have the biggest crowd, and for early Saturday morning games that is impressive.

"We also usually have several of the varsity players' parents come out and support us Saturday morning, even though they do not have boys playing."

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