South Elgin runs wild in Aurora
The second consecutive South Elgin one-sided Upstate Eight Conference football victory was accomplished almost exclusively with a ground attack Friday night in Aurora.
The Storm scored on all eight of their possessions in amassing 394 of its 438 total yards with their multiple-ball-carrier attack.
Marquise Gillespie II and Corve King combined for five of the eight ground scores for the Storm as South Elgin beat East Aurora 57-0.
"This is the first time I had 3 TDs in a varsity game," said Gillespie II, who bewildered the Tomcats by breaking against the grain on his three long scoring scores. "Our coaches told us that (the Tomcats) were going to be coming into the gaps. That was the game plan (to run on the edges)."
The Storm, with Ben Karpowicz orchestrating the show from his quarterback position, were unmerciful in scoring on all four of their first-half drives.
Gillespie II raced 61 yards for his initial score and later added another 69-yard romp in the first half as well.
The lone Karpowicz completion of the game -- a 44-yard collaboration with Calin Gurau -- set up Alex Noworol from 7 yards out on the next play.
Leading 22-0 after the first quarter, South Elgin (2-0, 2-0) initiated a running clock after the intermission by scoring an equal number of touchdowns in the second quarter.
King would have bookend touchdowns to close out the first half and complete the scoring in the second half for the Storm.
Gillespie finished with 178 yards rushing after his third long jaunt of the game.
"We weren't expecting to get outside," said King, who scored from the Tomcats' 12- and 11-yard lines. "If we keep it up, we're going to have a good season."
Until its final ill-fated drive of the game and an earlier third-quarter possession, East Aurora (0-2, 0-2) was never able to dent enemy territory -- with the exception of two long kickoff returns in the opening half.
But outside linebackers Anthony Viscuso and Rylan Cruthers spearheaded the second straight Storm shutout on defense.
"It's a family (on defense)," Cruthers said. "We're playing into something different. We have been flowing into something."
"I see myself as my (teammates) have," Viscuso said. "Everybody is playing at the same level."
South Elgin senior place-kicker Andrew Bucaro was 7-for-7 on extra-point attempts.
Even a poor snap led to 2 more points for the Storm when Vince Clinite, who opened the South Elgin scoring from 8 yards out to cap a 70-yard drive, caught the subsequent 2-point conversion on an improvised play.
"They had some great players out there," East Aurora coach Nick Kukuc said. "They did a great job of getting some alleys open."