WATERTOWN, WI – Eleven touchdowns, 468 yards of offense and a first quarter that lasted nearly an hour long, summed up an offensive explosion that saw the Crusaders and Aurora Spartans combine for 125 points on Saturday afternoon, for an 84-41 Aurora win.
The Spartans punted just once the entire game, and held a 45-13 lead after a marathon first quarter that lasted nearly an hour-long, and scored on their opening 10 possessions, one drive resulting in a field goal before ending a drive on downs, late in the second quarter.
Maranatha hit pay dirt on their first drive, a five play, 75-yard drive capped by a 59-yard rocket to senior wide receiver Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, WI) to cut Aurora’s lead to 7-6, but the home team launched an assault that included seven touchdowns, a field goal and two safety’s for a 63-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Brandon McCormick (Edwards, IL) engineered an eight-play, 82-yard drive, rushing from two-yards out for a 70-21 deficit, then Maranatha recovered a fumbled by Aurora, and 60 yards later, scored their 28th point of the game.
Maranatha continued with big plays in the fourth quarter when McCormick connected with freshman running back Clint Saxon (Watertown, WI) for a 67-yard touchdown, then, on the third play of Aurora’s next drive, junior linebacker Ethan Kennon (Raleigh, N.C.) intercepted a pass 40 yards for the team’s final score in a slugfest that lasted nearly three hours.
McCormick finished the game by going 14-25 for 251 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted once and sacked four times by a pesky Aurora defense.
Junior wide receiver Jordan DeLay (Flint, MI) accounted for 119 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Kobosh finished with 78 yards receiving on just two receptions.
The defense was led by junior safety Josiah Brendemuehl (Mishicot, WI), who tallied 12 tackles, four for loss, while three different Crusaders had one sack apiece.