Aurora Christian lights up scoreboard
Ethan Hampton and Josh Dornink needed a mere play to retaliate for the first points the Aurora Christian football team surrendered all season.
The latter, lining up at a slot position instead of running back, had a 55-yard collaboration with Hampton to initiate a four-score second-quarter close by Aurora Christian.
By the time the Metro Suburban Blue Conference game hit the intermission, Hampton was on his way to directing the Eagles to yet another convincing victory.
Aurora Christian erupted for 10 touchdowns in its 66-7 defeat of Aurora Central Catholic.
With its home victory Friday night, Aurora Christian (3-0, 1-0) has outscored its three opponents 182-7.
"Before the play, I told (Hampton) to look for me," said Dornink, who also scored once on the ground to become one of four Aurora Christian players to tally a pair of touchdowns.
"(Closer games) are a lot more fun, but a win's a win," said Aurora Christian wideout Danny New, who had scoring receptions of 36 and 43 yards from Hampton.
The Eagles' quarterback was essentially content to hand the ball off in the second half after also hitting Noe Marrero with a fourth first-half touchdown pass from 21 yards away.
"We are very intelligent on offense," New said. "We work very well as a team. (Hampton) is an amazing leader. We have an amazing offensive line."
Tackles Tobey Dunn, Nate Henry and Bryce Henderson, augmented by guards Angel Jaimes and Maxx Garcia as well as center Keegan Delaney, made sure Hampton had ample time in the pocket.
Jack Certo and Morrero were the other two Aurora Christian players with multiple-score nights as the former opened the Eagles' second 60-plus point game of the year with a 2-yard plunge.
Morrero doubled the score by recovering a botched ACC snap in the end zone.
"It's everyone being so fast and going to the ball," said Dornink, a starting middle linebacker, on the Eagles' stingy defense. "That's why we have been doing so well."
Certa had his second short touchdown rush to close out the Eagles' 26-point second quarter; the Aurora Christian spread was 47-7 at the break.
JP Jira and Cameron Colquitt had bookend second half touchdowns to sandwich a 7-yard Dornink rushing score to round out the Aurora Christian offensive explosion.
Colby Metcalf had a 19-yard catch and run exactly midway through the second quarter for the only Aurora Central Catholic touchdown.
Metcalf spelled starting quarterback Bobby Scianna in the second half for ACC (0-3, 0-1).
"We run a look we call 'Cyclone,'" Metcalf said of the Chargers' wildcat-like look after halftime. "If we make better reads, we will be better off."