Riverside-Brookfield's offense exploded for 5 second quarter touchdowns to ruin Aurora Central Catholic's homecoming, 48-16 Friday night at Bob Stewart Field in a Metro Suburban crossover game.
R-B quarterback Hunter Hughes was responsible for all 5 scores. The senior signalcaller connected with three different receivers in the second quarter for the touchdown passes. Overall, Hughes completed 12 of 13 passes for 263 yards. His only attempt that was not corralled by a Bulldog receiver was an interception by ACC's Adam Dickerson, also in the second quarter.
"(Hughes) was the better athlete tonight," said ACC coach Luke Brauweiler. "I thought we did a better job of being in position, but when you're that much of a better athlete, you can go make plays."
The Chargers led at the start of the second quarter, 8-7.
R-B scored on its first possession of the game, a 51-yard pass from Hughes to Stefan Giminski, for his first of 4 receiving touchdowns.
ACC retook the lead on its next possession. The 8-play drive, starting from the Chargers' 20-yard line ended when junior quarterback Jimmy Eul connected with Dickerson on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Ryan Cerza snared a Eul toss for the 2-point conversion.
The Charges' lead held up only for 16 seconds in the second quarter. On the Bulldogs' first play of the period, Hughes threw a 24-yard pass to Giminski, who was just across the goal line in the end zone.
R-B scored on four of its next five drives to take a 41-8 halftime lead.
ACC (1-3) could not get its offense on track, gaining only 249 total yards to R-B's 356. The Chargers turned the ball over 3 times and were hampered by six offensive penalties for 50 yards.
"We were having a tough time picking up some of their blitzes," Brauweiler said. "They were coming hard and that was something that was tough for us to prepare for -- we don't have the number to really simulate that kind of aggressiveness on the defensive side of the ball."
R-B (4-0) increased its lead to 48-8 two minutes into the second half, when Hughes threw his last pass of the night, a 45-yard strike to Devin Moody.
One highlight for the Chargers was a successful goal-line stand in the third quarter. The Bulldogs, with a first and goal at ACC's 1-yard line, could not punch it in.
After the defensive stop, the Chargers drove 90 yards in 14 plays to score their second touchdown on a 1-yard run by Ryan Cerza. Another 2-point conversion, from Eul to Drew Babler, completed the night's scoring.