Aurora gridders have little trouble disposing of Ravenna

by COLIN HARRIS | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- The Ravenna Ravens are going to be happy that the next time they see Aurora's George Bollas on a football field, he'll be suiting up for Kent State University.

The Kent State-bound quarterback was the triggerman for a 41-14 dismantling of the Ravens on Sept. 6, accounting for 178 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.

"That's why George is a scholarship quarterback," Aurora head coach Bob Mihalik said. "Our offense goes through him. We don't really have that go-to running back this year, so George is kind of our tailback, too."

Aurora scored on the first possession of the game as the Greenmen, led by Bollas, marched 60 yards on just seven plays. Bollas was 2 for 2 passing and ripped off a 21-yard run before taking it in for a score from 15 yards out on a designed keeper.

After forcing a punt on the resulting Ravenna possession, Bollas was back at it with another touchdown drive -- this time, a 55-yard, eight-play scoring series.

Bollas was 3 for 3 passing on the drive with passes of 14, eight and two yards as he marched the Greenmen down to the Ravenna eight yard line before taking it in again on a keeper.

Another quick Ravenna punt resulted in another Greenmen score, as Bollas brought the ball down to the Ravenna 16 before finding Joe Dinardo on a 16-yard touchdown pass to put Aurora up 20-0 with 10:16 remaining in the first half.

Long drives were the order of the night for the Greenmen, who scored after going 80, 61, 60, 55, 38 and 38 yards.

Bollas finished the evening 9 of 16 for 75 yards and one touchdown passing, while also rushing for a team-high 89 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

While the Aurora offense was chugging along, its defense was doing a solid job of stuffing the Ravens at every turn.

Of the Ravens' 12 possessions, six ended in punts, two ended in turnovers and another resulted in a loss of downs.

Aurora's starting defense bottled up quarterback Warren Bradley and tailback Demetrius Fear, swarming to the ball or blowing up plays before they could develop.

"It was no secret what Ravenna's game plan was," Mihalik said. "We wanted to take away what they do best and force them to throw, which was something that they weren't comfortable doing."

With Aurora working in its reserves on defense, Fear got Ravenna on the board late in the fourth quarter.

Backed up to his own one-yard line following a downed punt, Fear took a direct snap and bolted through the line before taking it to the house on a 99-yard touchdown run.

Fear led the Ravens in offense for the night, rushing for 118 yards and a TD on 10 carries. The senior also was the cause of headache, however, fumbling the ball twice, including once at the Aurora 18 while driving late in the third quarter.

Bradley was unremarkable in his second game under center, finishing 11 of 16 for 54 yards passing, while also rushing the ball 20 times for 69 yards. Backup QB Derek Cross threw the Ravens' only passing TD of the night when he hooked up with Jon Berry on a 34-yard TD pass with under a minute left in the game.

Ravenna head coach Jim Lunardi said the lopsided loss stung his team, but he knows that things get no easier with Louisville coming to town this week.

"I have all the respect in the world for coach Mihalik and their guys," Lunardi said. "We have got to get better, and we know that. If you look at it, we have a lot of young kids, but we can't make excuses and we can't hang out heads after this.

"We're here to compete, and we're here to play tough, tough teams," Lunardi added. "We have to be able to rise to the occasion and compete with anybody."

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST

Aurora will play a Thursday night game this week at Revere in Bath Township. The Minutemen are 1-1, having beaten Medina Buckeye 55-7 and lost to Valley Forge 31-13. They posted a 1-9 record last year and were 1-6 in the Suburban League, a conference Aurora has expressed interest in joining.

Revere is led by first-year coach Michael Murphey. Quarterback-safety Zach Lehman, running back Everett McGregor and wide receivers Nick Zimmerman, Zach Lalkowski and Jaret Wright and Carl Roman, Austin Hawkins and Drew Lewis are some of Revere's top players.

Aurora fans can reach Revere High School by going west on Route 303 through Hudson, turning south on Riverview Road in Peninsula, then west on Everett Road to Revere Road. The school is near the Everett-Revere intersection.

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