‘I hurt for them’: Aurora football finishes as state finalist for third straight year

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Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 10:53 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - The Class C1 high school football state championship was played at Memorial Stadium Tuesday between No. 1 Aurora and second-seed Pierce in a battle of undefeated teams.

The Huskies finished as the state runner-up in Class B the last two seasons before re-classifying to Class C1 this year.

Still, Aurora was defeated in the championship game for the third year in a row. The Huskies got touchdowns from Drew Knust and Carlos Collazo, but fell 42-14 to the Bluejays, who were led by Nebraska football commit Benjamin Brahmer. He had 11 catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns, as well as an interception on defense.

“We’ve all put way too much into this for it not to hurt,” Aurora football coach Kyle Peterson said. “I hurt for them, ultimately. Couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished. It hurts because they weren’t able to accomplish the one thing that they really wanted. There’s so many things that they’ll take into their next step in life from what they’ve learned in this program and their experiences here. We’re going to celebrate those things.”

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