HURON, Ohio – The Division II State Semifinal game between Aurora and Toledo Central Catholic was a slugfest, and in the end, the Fighting Irish landed one more punch than the Greenmen. Amir Edwards ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Central survived a late Aurora drive to escape with a 20-13 win.
Aurora quarterback George Bollas made the game’s first big play, breaking off a 54-yard run deep into Irish territory. Two plays later Bollas escaped the Central rush and hit Zach Smierciak, who made two men miss on his way to the end zone and a 7-0 lead.
Toledo Central Catholic struck back with junior quarterback DeShone Kizer connecting with massive tight end, Keith Towbridge on a big pass play. Paul Moses capped the scoring drive with a short touchdown run that made the score 7-7 at halftime.
Aurora dominated the third quarter, with Miles Milner picking off Kizer. It was just the second interception the Big Ten recruit had thrown all season.
Bollas took advantage, leading the Greenmen down the field for the go-ahead score, on a one-yard QB keeper. But Aurora missed the extra point, and only led 13-7 heading to the fourth quarter.
That’s when Edwards took over. The powerful runner seemed to get stronger as the game went on, and his short touchdown run gave the Irish a 14-13 lead with just over seven minutes to play.
Then, after an Aurora drive stalled on fourth down, Edwards made the play of the game, breaking several tackles and carrying four Greenmen defenders into the end zone for a 20-13 lead.
Aurora had one last drive, moving the ball inside the Irish 20-yard line, before Bollas’ desperation pass sailed just out of the reach of Jake McVay. On fouth down, Toledo Central Catholic sacked Bollas, securing the 20-13 win.
With the win, Toledo Central Catholic improves to 13-1 on the season, and advances to the Division II State Championship Game against defending champion, Trotwood-Madison (12-2). The Rams will be making their third straight appearance in the title game.
Aurora finishes another great season 12-2.
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