AURORA — You could call them stubborn.

Perhaps stuck in their ways could be a telling description too.

When it comes to the Greenmen, being headstrong in their everlasting convictions is essential to their well-being.

Therefore, anything otherwise will be strongly discouraged. As long as Bob Mihalik is in charge, at least.

"This is about believing in our program," the 19th-year Aurora head football coach said. "We believe in what we do; we believe in our program."

One would be wise not to argue. As their track record suggests, the Greenmen have proven time and time again that Dr. Joseph Murphy’s theory should be considered 100 percent valid.

It can be found in his 1963 self-improvement book, "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind."

"The law of your mind is the law of belief itself," Dr. Murphy wrote.

"The law of belief" on West Pioneer Trail has been strictly enforced the first four weeks of the 2019 season.

So far, it has protected Aurora’s general safety. Not to mention the Greenmen’s perfect record as well.

Host Aurora earned a stunning come-from-behind 14-13 victory over Parma Padua Franciscan last Friday at Veterans Stadium.

The Greenmen, who accumulated zero points and couldn’t do much of anything for three quarters, improved to 4-0 in 2019. The Bruins, who have experienced their share of heartbreak this season, fell to 1-3.

Like Peter the disciple, a strong wind caused havoc as the Aurora players attempted to walk on water.

In this case, though, the Greenmen’s undying faith in their leader’s principles saved them from sinking into their own version of the Sea of Galilee.

"When we were down 13-0 at half, we told them, ‘We’re fine; we’re OK,’" Mihalik said. "I think what was a good sign was the drive we had at the end of the half. Even though we didn’t score, we showed we had some fight in us."

They sure did, especially their seniors, who have been devout followers of Mihalik’s preaching since they first joined the varsity squad.

Trailing 13-0, senior defensive end Lenny Galaska strip-sacked Padua quarterback Drew Butler.

Classmate A.J. Barner, a 6-foot-5 linebacker, picked up the loose pigskin and scampered into the end zone untouched. Senior Alex Bibza added the first of his two point-after tries to cut the Bruins’ advantage to 13-7 less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.

"Lenny came around the corner, sacked the kid, stripped it," Barner said. "I got a good bounce on it and took it to the house."

A couple possessions later, another senior took center stage.

On a second-and-10 play, senior running back Tony Gramm found a hole on the left side, bounced off a couple tacklers and then raced down the left sideline for a 45-yard touchdown run. Bibza’s crucial extra point made it 14-13.

"I just felt a couple people tackle me," Gramm said. "I just kept going. I had a lot of blockers and they just kept me up. They kept me driving and I broke it off."

Sticking to the senior theme, defensive back Ben Rogge picked off a pass to give the Greenmen the ball with less than three minutes left. From there, sophomore Alex Moore, who injured his hand very late in the game, moved the chains on a gritty third-down run before Aurora went into victory formation.

"I thought Alex Moore’s tough third-down run to keep the possession going was huge," Mihalik said. "Rogge had a big interception to stop their drive. [Last Friday] was about our program. It was about our seniors refusing to lose. I’m so proud of them."

Padua got both of its touchdowns in the second quarter. Running back Alex Buehner scored on a 1-yard run for the first points of the game and then Butler completed a 26-yard TD pass to Daniel Peterson to make it 13-0. Galaska blocked the extra point.

The Greenmen, who are scheduled to visit Tallmadge in their 2019 Suburban League American Conference debut this Friday at 7 p.m., outgained the Bruins 243-229. Gramm finished with 111 yards in 12 attempts.

Aurora’s tactics feature little razzle-dazzle or postmodern ideologies. If you suit up for the Greenmen, your job is to master the basics and perform your duties honorably and without question.

In other words, Mihalik may consider the Bible’s Book of Hebrews when it comes to instilling his passionate beliefs about the game he loves.

"Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of realities that are unseen."

"We were confident we could come out and find a way to get it done," Mihalik said. "Credit to our players. They found a way to get it done."

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.

"We were confident we could come out and find a way to get it done. We’re on our home field; we believe in what we do; we believe in our program. They found a way to get it done. Credit to our players."

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.