Twinsburg -- Aurora and Twinsburg have played some instant classics when the two neighboring rivals have hooked up over the years.
On Sept. 9 at Tiger Stadium, Aurora had too much firepower for its neighbors to the west to handle.
The Greenmen used defense, good field position and their ground game to score a 38-15 win over the Tigers. AHS improved to 2-1 on the season, while Twinsburg dropped to 0-3.
Sept. 16 kicks off the Suburban League American Conference season as Aurora visits Kent Roosevelt, which hasn't won a game yet this year.
The most telling statistic from last week's contest was that Aurora rushed 46 times for 317 yards, compared to 48 yards on 23 carries for the Tigers.
Both defenses played well early, so it was fitting Aurora got rolling off a turnover. Brent Henderson picked off Tiger quarterback Jalen Tucker and returned it to the Tigers' 33.
Three plays later, Aurora slotback Johnathan Blue ran a jet sweep in for a 21-yard touchdown with 3:09 left in the first quarter.
The special teams battle went Aurora's way most of the night, including when Gavin Blunt returned a punt to the Tigers' 16-yard line late in the first quarter.
Two plays later, Aurora running back Chris Vanzo went up the middle for a 7-yard score, making it 14-0 after one quarter. Vanzo had a huge game, finishing with 194 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.
Twinsburg got on the board by giving Aurora a dose of its own medicine, as Jared Eaton ripped the ball out of an Aurora receiver's hands for an interception with 8:21 left in the first half.
Twinsburg got its passing game going on the ensuing drive, as Tucker hit Tre Radford for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
EATON THEN ran in the 2-point conversion, cutting it to 14-8 with 6:12 left in the half.
Tucker went 9 of 15 for 115 yards, one touchdown and one pick through the air. However, he and backup quarterback Adam Van de Motter were being pressured most of the night.
Radford had a solid night, with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.
After the interception, Aurora threw two more passes in the game.
The Greenmen answered the touchdown with a smashmouth drive -- five straight runs yielded 78 yards, capped by a 14-yard TD run by Vanzo.
Some bad snaps stalled Aurora's next drive in the Tigers' red zone, but kicker Robby Albrecht nailed a 32-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half. Albrecht also went 5 for 5 on extra points.
Aurora kept pounding to start the second half. Vanzo opened with a 56-yard run, but Eaton caught him at the one-yard line, forcing Vanzo to fumble out of the end zone for a touchback.
Aurora fumbled five times on the night, losing two of them.
It ended up being only a temporary respite for the Tigers, as Vanzo scored two more touchdowns on sweeps to the right. He scored on runs of 7 and 4 yards in the third quarter, giving Aurora a 38-8 lead after three quarters.
Twinsburg stopped the running clock with 5:32 left in the game, as Eaton ran 3 yards for a touchdown. But the Tigers got no closer.
After three games, Vanzo has tallied 7 touchdowns and rushed for 336 yards on 40 carries, while Blue has gained 102 yards on five carries.
Austin has completed 25 of 37 passes for 354 yards and 3 TDs, with one interception. Blue has 6 catches, Blunt and Ben Stawicki 5 each and Bubba Arslanian 4.
Arslanian has a huge lead in tackles on the def4nse with 44 total (25 solo and 19 assisted), followed by Nate Smierciak's 19 total.