It was the same story all year for Aurora, and it didn’t change in the state final. Baylor Scheierman led the way and the Class C-1 No. 2 Huskies claimed their third state title in school history in a 49-7 rout over No. 4 Ord on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.
Aurora scored 43 straight points after trailing 7-6 late in the first quarter to claim the school’s first state title since going back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.
Scheierman, a South Dakota State basketball commit, threw his seventh interception of the season late in the first quarter when the Huskies were trailing, but he responded with three more touchdown passes to go with his scoring toss that had put Aurora up 6-0. That pushed his season total to 59 TD passes.
“I don’t know if anyone in the state spun it quite like him,” Aurora coach Kyle Peterson said. “He’s the most competitive player I’ve ever been around.”
Scheierman finished with 189 passing yards and four scores. He was 17-for-25 passing, which was just over his mark of 66.7 percent for the year.
Kaleb Moural also had a big day for the Huskies.
He put the Huskies in front by a touchdown with a 20-yard run as the first-quarter clock expired.
Scheierman converted the two-point conversion, and Aurora led 14-7.
Aurora scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to extend its lead to 35-7.
“I felt like we really came out and took care of business,” Scheierman said. “The first quarter was a little up and down, but the second quarter we really stepped on them.”
The biggest dagger came with 1:17 left in the half.
Cy Bullerman caught a lateral from Scheierman and fired it to Moural, who scored.
The 31-yard play gave the Huskies their 35-point halftime lead.
“We've ran that three times this year,” Bullerman said. “The first time, he was even more wide open and I completely missed. I've been working on it and this time it worked, so all the hard work paid off.”
Aurora’s Cade Reichardt then picked off Jesse Ulrich less than two minutes into the second half and returned it 55 yards to the house.
“That was a dream,” Reichardt said. “This was actually my first week even playing safety. I’m just glad I could do it for my team.”
On Aurora’s next offensive possession, Scheierman collected his 59th passing touchdown.
That was the end of the onslaught.
Reichardt said his teammates dreamed about winning state titles and following in the footsteps of the 2008 and 2009 teams they had watched growing up.
“Right now, it’s just a dream to be here,” Reichardt said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet.”
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Aurora was seven students away from being in Class B; instead it turned a Class C-1 season into a state title. It's the first with Peterson at the helm.
“It was a special year in a lot of ways,” Peterson said. “There was a lot of pressure around the drop to C-1, and they handled the expectations all year long. Today was business trip.”
AURORA 49, ORD 7
AUR--Stevenson 8 pass from Scheierman (pass failed)
ORD--Ulrich 20 run (Meyer kick)
AUR--Moural 20 run (Scheierman run)
AUR--Reichardt 7 pass from Scheierman (Hunter kick)
AUR--Boerkircher 4 pass from Scheierman (Hunter kick)
AUR--Moural 31 pass from Bullerman (Hunter kick)
AUR--Reichardt 55 INT return (Hunter kick)
AUR--Boerkircher 27 pass from Scheierman (Hunter kick)
RUSHING--AUR, Moural 16-93, Dvorak 3-23, Bullerman 1-12, Scheierman 3-7, Kluck 2-5, VanPelt 2-0, Willis 1-(minus) 4, Herzberg 1-(minus) 5, Owels 4-(minus) 9, Team 3-(minus) 15; ORD, Ulrich 13-35, Stevens 8-23, Hurlburt 5-4, Shoemaker 1-(minus) 1, Campise 1-(minus) 6.
PASSING--AUR, Scheierman 17-25-1 189, Bullerman 1-1-0 31, Dvorak 0-1-0 0; ORD, Ulrich 5-12-3 49, Campise 0-1-1 0.
RECEIVING--AUR, Reichardt 5-42, Willis 4-47, Bullerman 3-22, Moural 2-52, Boerkircher 2-31, Stevenson 2-26; ORD, Campise 3-25, Shoemaker 1-14, Reilly 1-10.
TACKLES (SOLO-ASSIST)--AUR, VanPelt 4-3, Dvorak 1-8, Willis 3-3, Hunter 2-5, Stevenson 2-4, Pursley 1-4, Barger 1-3, Collazo 1-2, Boerkicher 0-3, Reichardt 1-0, Moural 1-0, McDonald 0-1, Bullerman 0-1, Hutsell 0-1; ORD, Shoemaker 8-3, Ulrich 4-2, Stevens 4-2, Hurlburt 4-2, Tonniges 3-3, Reilly 2-4, Koch 1-6, Campise 3-1, Warner 2-2, Reilly 1-0, Clamp 1-0, Brown 0-2, Ries 0-2, Bredthauer 0-1, Smith 0-1, Gabriel 0-1.