The Yorkville Foxes football team won for the 5th straight week to begin their season 5-0 and are 1-0 in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Win number 5 was a thriller over West Aurora 21-19 and it was quite a homecoming victory for sure. West Aurora had leads of 7-0, 7-3, 13-3, 13-6 and 13-8 all in the first half of play. Yorkville took their first lead of the game on a big 62 yard touchdown run by Tre Thomas.
West Aurora scored first on a long drive that ended with a Will Tammaru pass to Isaiah Lowry from 12 yards out with Logan Mont adding the PAT. The Blackhawks from West scored early in the 2nd quarter on a 66 yard touchdown run by Derrick Merrell. West would not score again until very late in this one. More about that coming.
Yorkville scored three times in the first half with Cole Reibe hitting two field goals one from 32 yards out and one from 37 yards out (although some of us in the press box thought it was good from 38) with the other Foxes score in the first half coming on a safety after West was called for holding in the end zone.
The Foxes had won the toss before game but deferred until the 2nd half. What a start to the 2nd half they had. The Thomas TD I mentioned earlier came on just the 2nd play of the third quarter. That would be the only score of the third quarter. Yorkville led 14-13 as we headed to the fourth quarter.
That 14-13 score looked like that might be the final as Yorkville was running the clock out in the fourth quarter with just over a minute left Toran Harris would run around his right end and score from 29 yards out and a Reibe point after would make the score 21-13.
Someone forgot to tell West who was out of timeouts and had the ball on their own 20 yard line that the game was virtually over. Tammaru would find Mont on a short pass and Mont would make an electrifying run for and 80 yard touchdown. West went for two and was stopped just short of the end zone. Everyone at Campbell Field knew an onside kick was coming and it almost worked and for just a brief moment it looked like West might have recovered the ball near midfield.
The officials talked it over and from where I was ruled correctly that the ball did not go 10 yards before it was touched. The Foxes QB would take a knee and the clock ran out and the Foxes homecoming celebration would begin in earnest. The rain and lightning on Friday caused the game to be played on a damp overcast Saturday, it was certainly worth the wait!