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Aurora High gridders No. 2 in region, with big clash on the horizon

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: October 12, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- The Greenmen did not look past an improved Revere football team last week in their quest to win a Suburban League championship.

With two league games remaining, the Greenmen moved to 4-0 in the American Conference with a solid 49-21 win over Revere.

That sets up an Oct. 14 clash against Copley, which possesses the same record as the Greenmen (6-1 overall, 4-0 in the league). The game also has huge playoff implications.

Aurora moved up to No. 2 in the Division II Region 2 computer standings, with Warren Harding first and Copley third.

When Clayton Langdon ran in the endzone from 2 yards out, Revere tied the game 7-7 in the first quarter, but that brought on a 35-0 onslaught by Aurora to squash any upset thoughts.

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"It could have been easy to look past Revere; they are a much improved team," said AHS head coach Bob Mihalik.

"They controlled the ball well early on and we did a nice job of adjusting; the kids executed well."

Revere fell to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the American Conference.

"It's a very big game with the title on the line, and the winner probably will host a first-round playoff game," said Mihalik about this weekend's game against the Indians.

He hopes the Greenmen can contain Michigan State recruit Weston Bridges, a tailback with explosive speed. "He can go the distance on any play," Mihalik said.

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SENIOR quarterback Mac Austin continues to excel in his first season of starting as he tossed 3 TD passes in the second quarter and was 12 of 14 for 206 yards and no interceptions.

Austin, who didn't throw a pass in the second half, had scoring strikes to senior slotback Jonathan Blue (67 yards) and junior wide receiver Gavin Blunt (30 and 11 yards).

"Mac had a really good night, and he is doing a great job in his first year of starting," said the coach.

Tailback Chris Vanzo also excelled in limited action, as the senior had a 55-yard TD run to put Aurora up 7-0 and finished with 4 carries for 126 yards and 2 TDs.

The 200-pound Vanzo also had a 59-yarder for a TD. "Vanzo did the most with his carries," said Mihalik.

Senior two-way standout Bubba Arslanian added a TD run, plus had 13 tackles on defense to go with two stops behind the line, and a sack.

Blunt had 7 catches for 99 yards and also a fumble recovery. "Having a receiver like Gavin takes some pressure off of Mac," said Mihalik.

Junior Jared DeMicco had a 36-yard punt return for a TD, played solid defense and had a catch for 11 yards.

"Jared doesn't normally return punts, but he showed us he can do the job well," noted the coach.

Kicker Robby Albrecht, a junior, was 6 for 6 on extra points and sophomore Kyle Obly also booted a PAT.

Seniors Jimmy Richards and Kyle DelRosa had interceptions for Aurora, while other top defenders were seniors Caleb Tinsley and Dave Donley and juniors Jimmy Kish, Nate Smierciak, Mason Copley and Brent Henderson.

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