Aurora Christian pulls away from St. Edward
By Erik Jacobsen firstname.lastname@example.org August 31, 2012 11:46PM
Aurora Christian's Joel Bouagnon carries the ball during an Aug. 31 game against St. Edward. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
AURORA CHRISTIAN 42, ST. EDWARD 10
AC . 7 . 14 . 7 . 14 -- 42
SE . 0 . 07 . 0 . 03 -- 10
AC – Suttle 1 pass from McQuade (Hill kick), 2:22
SE – Elam 12 run (French kick), 5:27
AC – Mayes 80 run (Hills kick), 5:13
AC – Beebe 25 pass from McQuade (Hills kick), 2:22
AC – Suttle 8 run (Hills kick), 5:31
SE – French 30 FG, 10:17
AC – Bouagnon 3 run (Hills kick), 7:05
AC – Smith 3 run (Hills kick), 0:39
First downs – AC: 18 | SE: 14
Comp.-att.-int. – AC: 8-23-4 | SE: 6-19-2
Passing yards – AC: 104 | SE: 70
Rushing att.-yards – AC: 24-294 | SE: 45-138
Total yards – AC: 398 | SE: 208
Fumbles-lost – AC: 0-0 | SE: 7-1
Penalties-yards – AC: 3-40 | SE: 3-35
AC – Mayes 6-144, Bouagnon 7-57, Beebe 1-25, Smith 5-37, McQuade 4-23, Suttle 1-8.
SE – Elam 12-50, Castoro 15-46, Bothwell 8-24, Favela 4-9, T. Koehring 4-6, Tierney 1-2, Yarwood 1-1.
AC – McQuade 8-23-4 104.
SE – T. Koehring 3-14-2 28, O’Neill 1-2-0 22, Castoro 2-3-0 20.
AC – Beebe 4-57, Mayes 1-27, Walgren 2-19, Suttle 1-1.
SE – Favela 2-32, Yarwood 3-29, Elam 1-9.
Updated: September 1, 2012 3:57AM
Aurora Christian wasn’t exactly clicking on all cylinders Friday, but the top-ranked team in Class 3A still had enough in the tank to come away with a relatively easy win against St. Edward.
Despite four interceptions from quarterback Ryan McQuade in the first half, the Eagles extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 42-10 nonconference victory against the Green Wave at Greg True Field in Elgin.
Brandon Mayes ran for 144 yards and a touchdown on six carries for Aurora Christian, which got three takeaways from its defense to help offset its own miscues.
“We started out slow but our defense was pretty solid all night,” said Eagles linebacker Victor Roza, who recovered a fumble. “Week after week we just focus on each game.”
St. Edward (1-1) was up to the challenge of playing the defending Class 3A champions early as a 12-yard touchdown run by Davontae Elam tied the score at 7 with 5:27 left in the second quarter.
The momentum didn’t stay with the Green Wave for long, though, as Mayes took off for an 80-yard touchdown run down the left sideline on Aurora Christian’s first play of the ensuing drive to put the Eagles ahead for good 14-7.
“That was probably the play of the game,” Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe said. “(Mayes) said before, ‘Coach, I’m not going down on this play.’ So he had a real extra attitude toward it and you could tell he was going to run really hard.”
Chad Beebe caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from McQuade late in the second quarter to put Aurora Christian (2-0) ahead 21-7 going into halftime. The Eagles also got a pair of touchdowns from Ryan Suttle as well as touchdown runs from Joel Bouagnon and Legend Smith.
Mayes and Noah Roberts had interceptions for Aurora Christian. St. Edward got a pair of picks from Danny Favela as well as an interception from Elam and Mikey Castoro, but the Wave only converted one of the turnovers into points.
Elam finished with 50 rushing yards on 12 carries and was one of several Green Wave players to leave the game in the second half with injuries.
“We were right in it and then we started losing kids,” St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said. “We started having a few injuries and a few cramps and we were grabbing sophomores off the bench and throwing them in.
“I thought we hung with them pretty well and I thought our kids played with a tremendous amount of heart. That’s a state champion, No. 1 ranked team … If you take a couple big plays out, who knows what happens.”