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Aurora football goes smashmouth in rout of Twinsburg

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: September 9, 2016 10:27 PM

Twinsburg — Aurora and Twinsburg have played some instant classics when the two backyard rivals have hooked up over the years.

On Sept. 9 at Tiger Stadium, Aurora had too much firepower for their neighbors to the west to handle.

The Greenmen used defense, good field position and their ground game to score a 38-15 win over the Tigers.

Aurora improved to 2-1 on the season, while Twinsburg dropped to 0-3.

The most telling statistic from this contest: Aurora rushed 46 times for 317 yards, compared to 48 yards on 23 rushes for the Tigers.

Both defenses played well early, so it was fitting Aurora got rolling off a turnover.

Brent Henderson picked off Tiger quarterback Jalen Tucker and returned it to the Tiger 33.

Three plays later, Aurora slotback Johnathan Blue ran a jet sweep in for a 21-yard touchdown with 3:09 left in the first half.

The special teams battle went Aurora's way most of the night, including when Gavin Blunt returned a punt to the Tiger 16 yard line late in the first quarter.

Two plays later, Aurora running back Chris Vanzo went up middle for a seven-yard score, making it 14-0 after one quarter.

Vanzo had a huge game, finishing with 194 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.

Twinsburg got on the board by giving Aurora a dose of its own medicine.

Twinsburg's Jared Eaton ripped the ball out of an Aurora receiver's hands for an interception with 8:21 left in the first half.

Twinsburg got its passing game going on the ensuing drive, as Tucker hit Tre Radford for an 11-yard touchdown pass.

Eaton then ran in the two-point conversion, cutting it to 14-8 with 6:12 left in the half.

Tucker went 9-of-15 for 115 yards, one touchdown and one pick through the air. However, he and fellow quarterback Adam Van de Motter were being pressured most of the night.

Radford has a solid night, with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

After the interception, Aurora threw two more passes on the night.

The Greenmen answered the touchdown with a smashmouth drive: Five straight runs yielded 78 yards, capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by Vanzo.

Some bad snaps stalled Aurora's next drive in the Tigers' red zone, but kicker Robby Albrecht nailed a 32-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half. Albrecht went 5-5 on extra points on the night.

Aurora kept pounding to start the second half. Vanzo opened the half with a 56-yard run, but Eaton caught him at the one yard line, forcing Vanzo to fumble out of the end zone for a touchback.

Aurora had five fumbles on the night, losing two of them.

It ended up being only a temporary respite for the Tigers, as Vanzo scored two more touchdowns on sweeps to the right. He scored on runs of seven and 4 yards in the third quarter, giving Aurora a 38-8 after three quarters.

Twinsburg stopped the running clock with 5:32 left in the game, as Eaton ran in a three-yard touchdown. But the Tigers would get no closer.



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