Aurora provided some highlights in the first half Thursday, and then the lightning show over Lake Erie took center stage.
Aurora built a 35-2 halftime lead over host Revere and then earned a win following consistent lighting that caused a delay, and ultimately made referees and school administrators call the game after just two quarters were completed and the storm rolled in.
Aurora quarterback George Bollas and teammates followed the game plan perfectly by dictating the tempo of the game on InfoCision Field at Joseph F. Pappano Stadium.
“We like to establish the run and then go to the pass,” Bollas said. “We will look to do the same thing against Chagrin Falls next week.”
Bollas led the Greenmen (3-0) over the Minutemen (1-2) by running for two touchdowns and then passing for two more touchdowns.
Bollas, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kent State University recruit, rushed for 126 yards on 10 carries and completed 8-of-16 passes for 171 yards.
He credited his offensive linemen — seniors Chad Jubell, Justin Wazbinski and Aaron Rataj and juniors Brandon Zamary, Brian McNamara — for creating holes and providing protection on passing plays.
Between scores, Aurora’s defense swarmed to the ball and shut down Revere’s offense.
“Our defense controlled the game,” Aurora coach Bob Mihalik said.
“They put us in good situations offensively. I thought George Bollas showed why he is a scholarship quarterback tonight.
“Overall, I thought we did a lot of good things offensively, but we made a lot of little mistakes that we need to clean up going into a big game against Chagrin Falls.”
Greenmen juniors Ryan Devine and Joe Dinardo each had an interception. Mihalik also praised the play of other defenders, such as Zamary, Wazbinski and juniors Mike Stratton and Alex Smierciak.
Bollas led Aurora to a 21-0 lead after one quarter. He opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown run, and also added a 10-yard touchdown run in the quarter. In between Bollas’ scoring runs, senior Romel Pollard scored on a 13-yard run.
Revere cut its deficit to 21-2 by scoring a safety following an errant snap on an Aurora punt attempt that went out of the end zone.
Bollas tossed two touchdown passes in the second quarter to extend Aurora’s lead. Senior Kirk Janoch caught the first, which covered 66 yards, and senior Andrew Rinicella caught the second, an 18-yard completion.
“I thought I could get a step on the corner,” Janoch said. “I had the guy beat and George threw a great ball. I was wide open.”
Mihalik said he recalled having another game called due to lightning when he was an assistant at Lakewood.
“It is a situation where it is a school night and primarily in the second half we would have had young kids playing anyway,” Mihalik said.
“They will play JV on Saturday. It didn’t make much sense to continue. The athletic administrators decided to call it.”
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