West Aurora drops 1st game in Southwest Prairie

 
By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 8/30/2019 11:43 PM

Physical errors and mental mistakes were the undoing of the first West Aurora football foray into the Southwest Prairie Conference Friday night.

Plainfield South forced all 5 turnovers in the league crossover in Aurora as the Cougars had three unanswered scores to close out the night with a 34-14 victory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

In an extended second-quarter sequence that foreshadowed the ultimate outcome, West Aurora -- holding a one-score lead and possession of the ball after a fourth-down defensive stop -- suffered its second lost fumble.

The Blackhawks appeared to regain momentum, only to have a Plainfield South punt touch a West Aurora upback for another turnover.

A critical defensive pass-interference penalty was another setback, and Plainfield South quarterback Nicholas Schultz scored on a 16-yard run one play after the foul.

"We just made a mental mistake (on the punt)," West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. "We made too many mistakes. Our special teams have to get a lot better."

Tied 7-7 at the intermission, Plainfield South (1-0) never trailed again when Caesar Orosco found a seam on the second-half kickoff and raced 94 yards for the score.

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"I had to pick up the team and make a statement," Orosco said.

But the Blackhawks immediately responded.

Three-year starting quarterback Will Tammaru converted two improbable fourth-down conversions, and the second resulted in Logan Mont hooking up with his fellow senior for a 25-yard touchdown.

Mont added his second extra point of the night for a 14-14 deadlock.

"On that fourth-and-11 (reception for the touchdown), Logan did it all," Tammaru said. "He made some unbelievable plays. He knows where I am at all times."

Tammaru finished 13-25 for 165 yards as Mont caught six of his completions for 84 yards.

Five different players would eventually score for the Cougars, however; Plainfield South needed only a half-dozen plays to retake the lead for good.

The Blackhawks then suffered back-to-back crushing turnovers that Plainfield South turned into the final points of the game.

The first turnover -- the fourth lost fumble of the game for West Aurora -- was particularly painful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Coming on the first play of the fourth quarter, Mont had given West Aurora first down at the Cougars' 22-yard line by closing out the third with a 15-yard reception.

The Blackhawks' Isaac Medina had a first-touch season debut to remember. The senior running back raced for a 69-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.

"Our guys are great up front," said Medina, who led the Blackhawks with 83 yards on 4 carries. "They made a big hole. I don't even think I was touched."

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