Article by: Stephen Franklin
The Aurora University Spartans football team started conference play September 30th against the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors at home on Vago Field. The Spartans defeated the Warriors 20-14 to set their conference record to 1-0.
“’Co’ (-conference champions) must go. The goal is 6-0 for a real conference championship. The next step is playoffs,” junior center Mike Marek stated. The Spartans’ prior season finished conference play as co-conference champions with Lakeland University. Both schools finished with a 5-1 conference record. The Spartans may have missed the playoffs last season, but they took a progressive step toward their goal this year with their first conference win. In the game, sophomore running back Connor Olson shredded the Warriors’ defense with 161 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Spartans’ offense combined for 446 all purpose yards against the Warriors defense and scored a total of 20 points. Not only was their offense impressive, but their defense was just as impeccable. The Spartans’ only allowed 260 total yards and a total of 14 points in a dominant display on defense. It was a notable performance by the Spartans as a whole, and a profound way to start off conference play as the team has high aspirations looking forward to the rest of the season.
The Spartans football team has 5 remaining conference games and one more non-conference game. Two of these five remaining conference games will be played at home; one of which will be played at the newly built Spartan Athletic Park. That game will take place on Saturday, October 21st at 1 p.m. against Rockford University. Danny LoGiurato, a senior wide receiver, feels confident that his team will win the conference championship as he stated, “We think we’re the best team talent-wise and if we play to our full potential there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll go 6-0 in conference.” Stay tuned to watch the football team as they fight to complete their goal in what looks to be the start of a very exciting season where their motto is “‘Co’must go.”