Aurora -- All season long veteran Aurora football coach Bob Mihalik has said the race in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division would be deep.
Mihalik thought four or even five teams had an opportunity to win or share a league championship. Well, going into the final week of action, Aurora is in a three-way tie for first place after a 38-0 win over Painesville Harvey on Oct. 25.
Aurora is looking to win or share the eighth league title in the past nine years and also qualify for the state playoffs -- the Division III variety -- for the ninth consecutive campaign.
The Greenmen, 8-1 overall, remained in the CVC Chagrin Division race with the shutout over Harvey at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville.
If the Greenmen defeat Kenston on Nov. 1 in the season finale at Veterans Stadium, Aurora will earn at least a share of the conference title. Kenston (7-2) and Chagrin Falls are also 5-1.
It's also possible that Aurora, with a win, would also make the state playoffs.
Senior quarterback George Bollas led a balanced Aurora attack again. The versatile Bollas ran 10 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also was 7 of 12 passing for 88 yards.
Alonzo Turner had 74 yards rushing for Harvey, which lost its seventh consecutive game. The Red Raiders fell to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the CVC Chagrin.
Bollas scored on runs of 10 and 22 yards. Seniors Kirk Janoch, Romel Pollard and Mitch Lackey each had a TD. The Greenmen have had 10 different players rush for a touchdown this fall and seven athletes with TD catches.
Lackey had seven carries for 64 yards, while Pollard had 51 yards on four totes. Janoch had 11 attempts for 35 yards, plus caught three passes for 45 yards.
Pollard had a 43-yard touchdown burst, while junior placekicker Joey Melchiori also opened the scoring with a 27-yard field goal. Janoch also had a 2-point run.
Kenston eliminated West Geauga from the CVC title race with a 38-24 win. The Bombers can score in a variety of ways.
After nine games, Bollas is leading the team in scoring with 60 points (10 TDs) and rushing with 730 yards. Lackey is next at 350 yards, followed by Janoch at 269 and Pollard at 260. The latter is averaging 9.6 yards a carry.
Bollas has completed 77 of 129 passes for 1,112 yards and 12 TDs and has been intercepted four times.
Janoch has caught 17 passes for 288 yards and Joe Dinardo has caught 16 for 239.