Aurora started the game with a safety to lead 2-0, but senior quarterback Phil Littrell (Valrico, Fla.) connected on a 77-yard bomb to sophomore receiver Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, Wis.) vaulting the Crusaders into a 7-2 lead. This marks Kobosh’s third reception for 50 or more yards. He has had touchdowns of 56, 68 and now 77 yards.
Littrell finished with 204 yards and 2 touchdowns while Kobosh ended with 180 yards and a touchdown.
The second score came in the third quarter when Littrel tossed a 9 yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Josiah Brendemuehl, making the score 19-14 Spartans.
The defense held that score until the late third and fourth quarters Aurora sealed the win with touchdown passes, one of which was a 32 yard strike.
Both teams were almost dead even in time of possession as Aurora ‘s offense only outgained Maranatha 377-307.
Senior cornerback Jason Garrison intercepted Aurora twice in the game, one of which halted the Spartans on the Maranatha 13 yard line to end the half.
Senior defensive end Ethan Rosen (New Munich, Minn.) notched 14 total tackles while junior linebacker Ethan Lane (Atlanta, Ga.) had 13 tackles and a sack.
The Crusaders are at home on October 22 at 12:00 p.m. for Parent’s Day.