Football:Twinsburg falls short against Willoughby South
Twinsburg struggled in their annual football rivalry clash against Aurora, but came up short in a 42-23 loss.
Aurora rushed for more than 300 yards as a team in a non-league win that saw the Tigers fall to 1-2 against a tough schedule earlier this season.
Head coach Charles Saulter watched his club continue to play hard against Aurora, which went to 2-1 with the win when Alex Tenorio had 23 carries for 157 yards and rushing touchdowns of 3 yards, 8 yards and 41 yards.
Matt Geier, a first-year starter at quarterback this year for the Greenmen, rushed for 100 yards and threw another touchdown in a game Aurora led 28-10 at the half.
When Tiger senior running back Quincy Newsom received a six-yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Joey Pollock to cut Aurora’s lead to 21-7 at the 5:31 mark of the second quarter, Twinsburg had some life before a huge crowd at Tiger Stadium. .
Aurora had an answer when Enzo Catania hit the end zone on a 17-yard touchdown drive. That made it 28-7 with 1:02 left, but Twinsburg showed some resilience by responding with Tyler Seegert’s 31-yard field goal.
It was a game where the Tigers had some answers of their own, there just weren’t enough.
“The kids responded and that was good to see and with that late field goal, we felt like we had momentum that we wanted to continue in the second half,” Saulter said.
“Our momentum in the third period to start stalled and that’s kudos to Aurora,” Saulter said.
“I think our kids have really embraced what they were trying to do here and the schedule is very tough, but it’s baby steps,” Saulter said. “This is the first time we have scored against Aurora in three years. We just need to beef up a few things on defense.”
Junior CJ Lyden had a one-yard touchdown in the third to cut the deficit to 35-17 with 2:40 remaining in the third period, but Tenorio had his long touchdown with 7:18 remaining to make it 42-17.
Lyden, a wide receiver with some toughness, allowed Pollock to rest his injured ankle while running shotgun on the Tigers’ offense.
“We took some precautions with Joey’s ankle and CJ runs strong and he’s one of those kids that has embraced what we’re trying to do here,” Saulter said.
Newsom closed with a 29-yard TD run with 4:20 left and unofficially finished with 133 yards of 14 attempts and both touchdowns.
Behind a solid running game, Twinsburg was able to move the ball on occasion against a strong Greenmen defense.
Senior wide receiver Seth Wiseman had a pair of catches for the host Tigers for 46 yards. Twinsburg only had two penalties in the contest and amassed 153 rushing yards.
“I was very pleased with how we ran the ball against a quality defense from Aurora,” Saulter said. “Our offensive line has been really solid all year and I think we did pretty well.”
Twinsburg begins a difficult five-game journey and will also be the Suburban League’s NFC opener in Hudson this Friday.
After the battle against the Explorers (3-0), Twinsburg plays in Nordonia (3-0) on September 16, against fierce rival Solon (2-1) on September 23, followed by successive league games away from home in North Royalton (2-1) and in Brecksville (0-3)