By Connor Bonam
Aurora University Football moves to 2-0 in conference play with a 41-30 win over rival Benedictine. Senior Quarterback Jimmy Bevell led the Spartans with 293 passing yards and three touchdowns.
“Last year I lost my season to an unfortunate injury and today my team stepped up and that was the best part about it,” said Bevell
Last season in a loss to Benedictine Bevell was knocked out for the year with a wrist injury.
“The injury was devastating and my team knew how important this game was, this game meant more to me than anything.”
On Saturday the Spartans got off to a quick start scoring 14 unanswered points in the first quarter. The first score resulted from a bad punt from Benedictine that led to a touchdown pass to Freshman Wide Receiver Michael Beasley-Hart. The next drive for the Spartans was a 90 yard drive that led to another touchdown pass to Freshman Wide Receiver Everett Coleman who had 73 receiving yards that included a 57 yard completion leading to a second quarter score.
In the second quarter the Spartans Junior Defensive Lineman Michael Bajc recovered a fumble and took it 44 yards for the touchdown bringing the lead to 28-7.
“We started fast and got another defensive touchdown which was huge for us,” said Head Coach Mark Walsh.
In the third quarter the Eagles brought it to within a one possession game with a touchdown pass to Senior Wide Receiver Chris Schultz. But the Spartans responded with a touchdown run from Senior Running Back Brandon Trujillo, bringing the lead to 35-23 into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth the Spartans executed a fake punt that led to a first down in Benedictine territory and eventual field goal to put the game out of reach.
“That’s something that we worked hard on this week and waited for the right situation, he could have still punted it. Special teams, offense and defense all played well,” said Coach Walsh
“I didn’t know that would happen but I was screaming for him when I saw it,” said Bevell about the fake punt.
The Eagles eventually retained possession with 20 seconds on the clock and ran out the clock to end the game with a 41-30 score. It was a clear strategy for Aurora on kickoffs to not let the Eagles star Senior Return Man and Running Back John Borsellino get the ball and that was executed throughout the game. Borsellino did not return the ball on kickoffs once and was held to 62 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
“We were concerned about kicking it to him and you could see that in the kickoff game, we worked on a variety of things for that. We did what we set out to do and that was to keep the ball out of his hands, our guys did a great job with that,” said Coach Walsh.
Before Saturdays game Benedictine had beaten the Spartans three straight times.
“This year we really wanted to come out and light up the scoreboard and that’s what we did,” said Bevell.
The Spartans next game is Saturday October 13, when Wisconson Lutheran College comes to Aurora at 1.