Big second half leads Aurora football past Twinsburg

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

For one half, Twinsburg football played backyard rival Aurora to a tie.

In the second half, however, Aurora was able to pull away.

After the game was tied 13-13 at the half, Aurora outscored Twinsburg 21-0 in the second half to score a 34-13 win over the Tigers Aug. 29 at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium.

Twinsburg struck first, thanks to a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Randy Tucker to Darius Jones on the Tigers' first drive.

After Aurora answered with a three-yard touchdown run from quarterback Alex Smierciak, Tucker threw his second touchdown of the night.

This time, on a fourth-down play, Tucker found running back Noah Edwards in the end zone from 23 yards out. However, Aurora blocked the extra point to make it 13-7. 

Aurora answered with another three-yard touchdown run from Smierciak, but missed the extra point, sending the game to halftime at 13-13.

Smierciak went 3-of-8 for 28 yards through the air and also had 15 rushes for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

In the second half, Aurora's ground-based offense got to work.

The Greenmen got rushing touchdowns from Austin Piunno (17 yards) and Ryan Devine (1 yard) in third quarter, as well as a 17-yard touchdown run from Nick Settecase in the fourth quarter.

Aurora finished with a 258-71 edge in rushing yards, led by Ben Nelson with 12 carries for 82 yards. 

Deyonte Groce led the Tigers with 49 rushing yards on nine carries.

For the full story on the game, check out the Sept. 3 edition of the Aurora Advocate.

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