AURORA | Members of the Aurora Central football team made a stand before their game against Mountain Range Friday night, then they rallied at the end to get a thrilling Homecoming victory.
Several Trojans knelt during the playing of the national anthem as they indicated they would earlier in the week in protest to police violence across the country, following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and some other NFL players.
Once the game kicked off, coach Jamarr Kerney’s Aurora Central team saw its unbeaten record threatened as it faced a 7-0 deficit through three quarters, but senior quarterback Jalil Grimes tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the final period as the Trojans (4-0) prevailed 12-7 to remain one of four unbeaten teams in Class 5A.
Grimes, who finished with 229 yards of total offense (162 passing, 67 rushing), found fellow senior Jouan Kennedy with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but a missed extra point left Aurora Central down by one.
The Trojans regained possession in the closing minutes and with just 1:45 remaining, Grimes put them ahead with a 15-yard touchdown strike to senior Francisco Aranda to send the home crowd home happy.
Aurora Central — which joined Eaglecrest as Aurora’s only two 4-0 teams — has a rivalry game against Hinkley set for 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at APS Stadium.
Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel
AURORA CENTRAL 12, MOUNTAIN RANGE 7
Score by quarters:
Mountain Range 0 7 0 0 — 7
Aurora Central 0 0 0 12 — 12
Mountain Range — Noa Lukela 45 yard run (Jordan McCleland kick), 8:22
Aurora Central — Jouan Kennedy 27 yard pass from Jalil Grimes (kick failed), 7:00
Aurora Central — Fransisco Aranda 15 yard pass from Grimes (pass failed), 1:45
Mountain Range: Noa Lukela 19-113 (touchdown), Nicholas Arneson 7-67, Tristan Erickson 8-15, Kacey Ward 2-4
Aurora Central: Jalil Grimes 12-67, Jouan Kennedy 6-21, Isaiah Patterson 4-13, De’Oveya Johnson 3-7, Fransisco Aranda 6-(minus 1), Colby Craft 1-(minus 6)
Mountain Range: Arneson 15-27, 166 yards, 2 interceptions
Aurora Central: Grimes 10-13, 162 yards, 2 touchdowns
Mountain Range: Matthew Cordova 5-54, Lukela 2-41, Pete Trujillo Jr. 4-33, Tristan Erickson 2-20, Zach Cosby 2-18
Aurora Central: Aranda 5-90 (touchdown), Patterson 1-26, Kennedy 2-24, De’Marea Nixon 2-22