by MICHAEL LEONARD | SPORTS EDITOR
Huron — Winter arrived just in time for Aurora’s Division II state semifinal game Nov. 23 in Huron.
The Greenmen and Toledo Central Catholic football teams faced temperatures in the low 20s, blowing snow and wind gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour.
The frozen tundra of Kalahari Field hosted a dogfight between the Irish and Greenmen, only to see Aurora’s state title-game hopes end one gamed shy of the state championship game.
The Greenmen had a 13-7 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Irish scored twice in the final eight minutes and held on for a 20-13 win.
The Greenmen finished the season with a 12-2 record.
Aurora struck first, thanks to a pair of big plays by quarterback George Bollas.
On the Greenmen’s second possession, Bollas broke loose for a 54-yard off-tackle run to the Irish 10-yard line.
Three plays later, Bollas hit a well-designed screen play to tight end Zach Smierciak for an 11-yard touchdown with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter.
Central Catholic struck right back, thank to a two-yard touchdown run by Robert Moses III. Jacob Studer added the extra point to tie the game at seven with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.
Late in the third quarter, Bollas gave Aurora a 13-7 lead with a one-yard quarterback sneak. The point after try was missed.
Amir Edwards ran in the first of two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the extra point made it 14-13 in favor of the Irish with 7:54 left.
Edwards added a 20-yard sweep for a touchdown with 3:07 left.
Edwards led the Irish with 92 yards rushing and two scores.
Aurora converted a pair of third-and-long plays on its final drive and drove the ball all the way to the Irish’s 23. However, on fourth and 18 at the 31, Bollas was sacked.