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Aurora Greenmen at Louisville Leopards Football Playoffs 2013 Video Highlights

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Aurora 24, Louisville 21

Aurora Quarterback George Bollas scored three touchdowns including the game winner from 22 yards out with 1:19 remaining to lift the Greenmen past the host Leopards at Louisville Leopards Stadium Friday. Aurora won the DIII, Region 7 Quarterfinal matchup 24-21.

The Greenmen would finish the evening with 405 rushing yards on 55 carries. Bollas ran for a team-high Beatty's NBC Shirts copy211 yards on 26 carries and Kirk Janoch also broke the century mark with 112 yards on 10 carries. Bollas scored a backbreaking touchdown on the opening drive of the game on a 3rd-and-15 from the Louisville 47. He would later score from 57 yards out on Aurora’s first drive of the second half.

The Leopards matched the Greenmen’s first quarter score with their most complete drive of the evening. Louisville converted three times on third down during a 9 play, 83 yard drive. Quarterback Connor Zwick would eventually find the endzone from a yard out to tie the game at 7-7.

Each team had opportunities to take control of the game, but could not capitalize on the opposing teams turnovers. AJ Minster came out of a pile up with a fumble and also recovered a fumble in the back of the endzone when Bollas fumbled the ball forward on the Leopards 1. Aurora’s Mike Stratton also picked off a pass and Mitch Deininger came out of a pile with a fumble recovery. As a result, the score remained tied 7-7 at the half.

After Bollas found the endzone for a second time, Janoch put the Greenmen in prime position to score again. He ran 61 yards to the Louisville 6. The Leopards defense slammed the door shut though and Joey Melchiori booted through a 21 yard field goal to put Aurora ahead 17-7 with 4:15 left in the third.

Things looked grim, but the Leopards found a way back into the game as they had done all year. Garrett Yoder took the ensuing kickoff back 32 yards to the Louisville 43. Then Zwick connected with Bryce Mathie and Andy Minster for first down completions. A few plays later Walter Schrock ran a counter play 21 yards on a 3rd-and-13. That led to an 8 yard touchdown pass from Zwick to Andy Minster that cut the deficit to 17-14. Zwick would finish the evening 10 of 21 passing for 103 yards.

Amazingly, Louisville would find the endzone again just 1:26 later via a 20 yard touchdown run from Schrock. The touchdown was setup by Frankie Falcone’s interception the play before. Schrock would finish with a team-high 78 yards on 14 carries. All of the sudden the Leopards led 21-17.

The Leopards defense slammed the door time and time again to keep the lead. Mathie intercepted a pass at midfield to halt the Greenmen’s ensuing drive. Yoder and Dylan Kline would also record sacks for huge losses leading to the end of Aurora drives. All and all it was superb performance by the Louisville defense that came up just 1:19 short of a Regional Semifinal birth.

The Aurora defense ended Louisville’s season by charging through for three sacks on the final Leopards offensive series of the year. Louisville finishes the 2013 campaign an impressive 10-1 and will look to build upon this experience in the coming years. Aurora will take on 2nd seeded Hubbard next Friday.

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        1          2          3          4          Final

Aurora           7          0         10         7            24

Louisville       7          0         14         0            21

1st Qtr:

A – 7:08 – George Bollas 47 yd run

                     Joey Melchiori PAT

                      9 plays 83 yds

L – 1:14 – Connor Zwick 1 yd run

                   Jordan Hughes PAT

                   13 plays 68 yds

3rd Qtr:

A – 8:02 – George Bollas 57 yd run

                     Joey Melchiori PAT

                     4 plays 75 yds

A – 4:15 – Joey Melchiori 21 yd Field Goal

                     6 plays 81 yds

L – 1:41 – Andy Minster 8 yd pass from Connor Zwick

                    Jordan Hughes PAT

                    7 plays 57 yds

L – 0:15 – Walter Schrock 20 yd run

                    Jordan Hughes PAT

                    1 play 20 yds

4th Qtr:

A – 1:07 – George Bollas 22 yd run

                     Joey Melchiori PAT

                     6 plays 62 yds

Team Stats:

First Downs:

Aurora: 19

Louisville: 13

Rushing:

Aurora: 55 carries for 405 yds

Louisville: 29 carries for 95 yds

Passing:

Aurora: 5 of 13 for 36 yds 0 TD’s 2 INT’s

Louisville: 10 of 21 for 103 yds 1 TD  1 INT

Fumbles/Lost:

Aurora: 3/2

Louisville: 2/1

Penalty/Yds:

Aurora: 4/39

Louisville: 2/15

3rd Down Conversions:

Aurora: 4of 9

Louisville: 4 of 11

4th Down Conversions:

Aurora: 1 of 3

Louisville: 0 of 2

Individual Stats:

Rushing:

Aurora: George Bollas – 26 carries for 211 yds 3 TD’s

                Kirk Janoch – 10 carries for 112 yds

                Mitch Lackey – 13 carries for 62 yds

                Romel Pollard – 6 carries for 20 yds

Louisville: Walter Schrock – 14 carries for 78 yds 1 TD

                    Connor Zwick – 15 carries for 17 yds  1 TD

Passing:

Aurora: George Bollas – 5 of 12 for 36 yds 0 TD’s 2 INT

                Alex Smierciak – 0 of 1 for 0 yds

Louisville: Connor Zwick – 10 of 21 for 103 yds 1 TD 1 INT

Receiving:

Aurora: Kirk Janoch – 2 catches for 20 yds

                Joe Dinardo – 2 catches for 15 yds

                Mitch Lackey – 1 catch for 1 yd

Louisville: Alex Hollifield – 4 catches for 52 yds

                    Andy Minster – 3 catches for 23 yds 1 TD

                    Bryce Mathie – 2 catches for 21 yds

                    Kyle Bast – 1 catch for 7 yds

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