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A Season Ends

Aurora Defeats Swedes 54-20 in Class C1 Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, November 8, 2018

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            SWEDE RUNNING BACK Trenton Harbur runs for a big gain during the second quarter of Gothenburg’s gridiron clash with the Huskies of Aurora on Friday evening.

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SWEDE DEFENDER Caden Geiken (right) fights off the block to pursue Aurora quarterback Baylor Scheierman during the first quarter on Friday evening.

Using a potent passing attack while playing with gumption, the Aurora Huskies weathered the early storm of ‘ground and pound’ by Gothenburg in the Nebraska Class C-1 State Football Playoffs quarterfinals on Friday night. The Huskies were able to cash in on their scoring opportunities to net the 54-20 win over the Swedes, in a game that was much closer than the score indicates.
Showing no fear against the highly ranked Huskies, Gothenburg hit the door running when Trenton Harbur got to the edge and ignited the afterburners to rumble for an 83-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game to give the Swedes a 7-0 lead with 11:07 left to play in the first quarter after Bronson Long booted the extra point.
The Aurora offense was able to respond, despite the tough man-to-man defense in the secondary when Baylor Scheierman was able to connect with Jordan Stevenson for a one-yard scoring pass to knot the score at 7-7 after Ryan Hunter kicked the extra point with 9:16 to play in the opening quarter of play.
After the opening drives of fireworks, the defensive units prospered with the assistance of penalty flags being issued to halt the chance of sustained drives.
Breaking the deadlock was Baylor Scheierman by calling his own number on a one yard run. The Scheierman run was followed up by a Rylan Willis two-point conversion to extend the Aurora lead to 15-7 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter of play.
Responding in a big way, the Gothenburg offense looked to swing the momentum back in their favor in a big way by going against the grain. Maguire Bartlett connected with Tyce Hruza on a big-time 59 yard pass play that had a chance to go the distance before the Huskies defense recovered to bring down the speedy Swede.
Soon thereafter, Owen Geiken slashed and powered into the endzone on an 11 yard run to cut the deficit to just one point, 15-14 with 1:19 left in the first quarter of play.
Looking to regain the momentum, the Aurora passing attack went back to work and came up aces when Scheierman connected with Stevenson on a four yard touchdown for their second score of the contest and increase the Huskies lead to 22-14 with 11:03 left in the first half.
Less than four minutes later the Huskies were back in business, as Scheierman and Stevenson connected for their hat trick score on a 19 yard scoring connection that gave Aurora a 28-14 lead at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter.
The Huskies were ‘lucky dogs’ when Cade Reichardt was on the receiving end of a circus catch inside the redzone to then dart to greener pastures to score on a 43 yard pass from Scheierman with 34-14 with 3:47 left in the first half of play.
Keeping the momentum in their favor and thwarting off the rushing attack of the Swedes that continued to gain steam, the Aurora offense went to the ground to keep the ball out of the hands of the Swedes. Finishing the drive in fine fashion was Kaleb Moural on a two-yard run that cushioned the Aurora lead to 41-14 with just 1:28 left in the first half.
Aurora would head into the break with a large lead of 41-14.
Looking to get off to a fast start in the second half of play, Aurora went back to the aerial attack which got them within breathing room of the goalline. Schleierman called his own number again to score on a one yard run this time push their lead to 47-14 with 8:17 to play in the third quarter.
With time nearly expired in the third quarter, the Huskies cashed in on their scoring opportunity with a Scheierman to Stevenson seven-yard passing touchdown to move the lead to 54-14 with just 21 seconds left in the period.
The Swedes responded in a big way when Brennan Seitsinger rumbled into the endzone on an 18-yard run to cut into the lead 54-20 with 10:50 left in regulation.
For much of the remainder of the contest, key substitutes gained valuable playing time as Aurora earned the 54-20 victory for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg racked up 357 yards of total offense with 298 coming on the ground.
Trenton Harbur led the Swedes rushing attack with 104 yards and a score on just 10 carries.
Brennan Seitsinger and Vincent Nichols contributed greatly with 60 and 53 yards rushing.
Defensively, linebacker Owen Geiken was a force to be reckoned with as he racked up a team-high 18 tackles, 10 solo takedowns.
Swede linebacker Seitsinger had 14 tackles as well.

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