AURORA — A traditional Route 82 battle needed another day to finish.
Forgive Twinsburg if it felt like its game with Aurora lasted much longer than two days.
Host Aurora improved to 3-0 after earning a convincing 30-0 victory over Suburban League crossover rival Twinsburg Saturday.
Due to inclement weather, the game was halted Friday with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the third quarter as lightning struck near Veterans Stadium. The Greenmen had a 23-0 lead at the time and had second and 7 at the Tigers’ 26-yard line.
Prior to the lightning strikes, the Greenmen were firmly in control.
Twinsburg had no answer for Aurora’s power running game. The Greenmen had three long scoring drives and also got a defensive touchdown off a turnover.
The Greenmen took a 7-0 lead, thanks to an 11-play, 63-yard drive on their second possession of the game.
Aurora had two third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion, thanks to a defensive-holding penalty that moved the Greenmen into the red zone.
Ben Rogge ended the possession with a 9-yard touchdown run. Alex Bibza, who has put on a clinic with his booming kickoffs to the end zone, converted the first of his three point after tries.
After Aurora’s defense force a three-and-out on Twinsburg (1-2), the Greenmen went to work again.
This time, the Greenmen marched 70 yards in 11 plays to take a two-score lead. James Austin’s three-yard plunge capped the drive on second and goal. An errant snap resulted in an incomplete pass on the extra-point attempt. Thus, Aurora led 13-0 with 7:45 left in the half.
The Greenmen added one more score late in the half. Of course, the Greenmen probably wished they got a few more points.
Despite having first and goal from the Tigers’ 8, Aurora couldn’t punch it in. Bibza’s 22-yard field made it 16-0 with 22 seconds left.
"Offensively, we continue to control the time of possession, but we have to continue to get better at finishing drives and cutting down penalties," said Aurora coach Mihalik said.
Twinsburg had an opportunity to score midway through the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that promising drive turned into disaster.
Jack McElwee sacked Twinsburg quarterback Aiden Corrigan. The ball was knocked to the turf and Gomez picked up the loose pigskin and raced into the end zone untouched for a 55-yard score.
When action resumed Saturday, Evan McVay capped off the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Greenmen had a 309-151 advantage in total yards, including 201-69 on the ground. Anthony Gramm led Aurora with 89 yards on 15 carries and McVay rushed for 48 yards in nine attempts.
Greenmen quarterback Alex Moore completed 10-of-13 passes for 108 yards. Corrigan went 8-of-18 for 82 yards, as he was under constant pressure. Corrigan was sacked seven times by the Greenmen and picked off twice, along with the lost fumble.
Corrigan ran the ball 13 times for 48 yards to lead Twinsburg, as running back Jamir James was limited to eight carries for 22 yards.
Dominck Glen led the Tiger receiving corp with three catches for 30 yards.
Having lost to its neighbor to the east, Twinsburg will attempt to regroup when it takes on its neighbor to the west this week. Nordonia will visit Tiger Stadium Friday in the Suburban League National Conference opener for both teams.
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