Aurora Christian doubled their state championship this week, winning their second 3A championship title.
They had a great game against Tolono Unity, winning 42-12. Although they had a slow start, they scored 42 unanswered points, including 28 in the fourth quarter.
“Two years in a row, we kind of thought we had them where we wanted going into the fourth quarter and gave ourselves a shot at winning,” says Scott William, Unity Coach.
Williams believes Aurora Christian won because their kids were really skilled and they were able to make plays.
Aurora Christian had an amazing season at 13-1, to top their last year title. Ironically, they scored 20 points last year in the fourth quarter to beat Mount Caramel in the 2011 3A championship game.
“We’ve got a great coaching staff, and we stress finishing games…We make sure we finish. It’s a true testament to our character,” says Brandon Mayes, senior tailback for Aurora Christian.
The Eagles had a tough time finding their offense early and decided to shift out of their spread offense. They found a lot of success in the Power-I formation and I personally believe that’s when their offense started clicking.
Joel Bouagnon, senior tailback, was the benefactor of the change, breaking open a close game with a 60-yard touchdown run to start the fourth-quarter. Bouagnon also had 10 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Mayes, one of three Northern Illinois recruits along with Bouagnon and Chad Beebe, sparked Aurora Christian with 70 yard kickoff return in the first quarter to set up his 16-yard second-quarter touchdown run.
“Brandon had a great game, probably the best game he’s ever played,” says Don Beebe, Aurora Christian coach.