Like the weather Friday night in Aurora, DaVion Cross' football season opener on offense was not in the forecast.
But the West Aurora senior displayed his superior athleticism on defense.
The electrifying two-way starter, a three-sport athlete who was state runner-up in track the last two years in the triple jump, Cross returned an interception in the waning moments before the intermission to give West Aurora a 19-3 lead.
The second half of the Blackhawks' nonconference game against Yorkville never materialized as an unpredicted weather system postponed the schools' contest. The game will resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"I couldn't do it on offense," DaVion Cross said. "I had to do it on defense."
Cross' equally gifted twin brother, DaQuan, had his 84-yard touchdown reception on the Blackhawks' third possession nullified by a holding penalty.
One series later, DaVion Cross dropped a sure touchdown after sprinting past the Yorkville secondary.
"We're going to keep throwing it to (DaVion Cross)," West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. "He's a playmaker. When he gets a chance to make a play, he's going to do it."
Sure enough, DaVion Cross, one defensive set after sibling DaQuan scored from 2-yards out to give West Aurora a 12-3 second-quarter lead, snared a third-down Yorkville pass at his own 48-yard line.
Picking up a convoy of blockers, DaVion Cross zigged and zagged untouched into the end zone.
"It was something I could do to help the team," DaVion Cross said.
Cionte Carter opened the scoring with a 13-yard burst off tackle for West Aurora on its second series.