Aurora playing for second State Championship in three years
Huskies will Play for Class B State Championship Friday at Elkhorn
AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) - In 2018, the Aurora football team cruised to the Class C1 State Championship game, where they defeated Ord 49-7. The win capped off an undefeated since, and was their third state title in program history.
This season the Huskies started the season 0-2, falling to Class A North Platte and the top seeded team in the Class B playoffs Bennington. Since those two losses, Aurora (9-3) has won nine of their last ten games.
The Huskies have been tested week in and week out. Of the 12 games Aurora has played, 11 of them have been against playoff teams.
Now they will look to pass one final test.
“We trusted the process and the kids came to practice every week," Aurora Football Coach Kyle Peterson said. "We were able to get a couple wins, they weren’t all pretty wins, but we were able to get some wins - and then some momentum to play really well here in the postseason.”
“We kind of got things back going and now we’re in the championship game and it’s a pretty cool thing,” Senior Quarterback and Defensive Back Ethan Shaw said.
A season ago, the Huskies were the nine seed in the Class C1 State Playoffs and fell to top seeded Adams Central in the Quarterfinals, finishing with a record of 8-4.
They made the jump up to Class B this season, and lost their top passer, receiver and rusher from the 2019 team. Some teams may have taken a step back, but expectations are always high at Aurora.
The Class B fifth seeded Huskies knew from day one they had what it took to reach the championship game, and bring home some hardware.
“Our kids do expect to be in this position. It doesn’t really matter how many returning starters we have back or what our team was like the year before. We expect to be here, but our kids also understand and trust the process that we need to get better every week so that we can become the best us that we can become," Peterson said. "Because ultimately the best us is going to be pretty hard to beat every week. That’s our goal and that’s what we strive for, and our kids trust that process.”
“It takes hard work and teamwork, and I feel like that’s what our team has. Just the chemistry that all of us guys have together is really what makes this team great," Junior Running Back and Defensive Lineman Mackenson Owens said. "Our coaches preached all year that if we’re the best us, we can beat anyone in the state.”
The #5 Huskies will Travel to #3 Elkhorn for the championship game, instead of playing at Lincoln. Despite not getting the chance to play at Memorial Stadium, the team is still thrilled for the opportunity at hand.
“It’s really just a matter of perspective. Obviously I think our kids were disappointed when they found out that news, but at the end of the day this group of seniors got to play a season," Peterson said. "We’re going to get to play 13 games and we’re playing for a state championship. That makes for a great success regardless to where that game, that last one, is going to be played.”
The game is set to kickoff Friday at 6:00 p.m. We will have all the highlights and reaction for you right here on Local 4.
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