By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Dylan Crasi is creating a precedence for himself that will be impossible to maintain.
For the second straight week, the Aurora senior made the game-winning play to help his team to a victory.
On Friday, Aurora’s narrow 9-7 victory over Highland secured the Suburban League American Division championship.
To get there, Crasi hauled in a 25-yard touchdown reception from junior Ryan Dwyer with only 1:35 remaining that turned a 7-3 deficit into a 9-7 title victory.
One week prior, Crasi sealed Aurora’s thrilling 36-33 victory over Barberton with an acrobatic, backflip interception in the back corner of the end zone in a play that went viral and became the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
That is just how it has been going for Crasi and the Greenmen.
Aurora and Highland entered Friday’s matchup with identical overall records (8-1) and league records (6-0), setting up a Suburban League showdown to close out the season.
Aurora’s Dominic Trivisonno booted a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead for the Greenmen.
The two teams then would not score for the next 30 minutes of game time, with scoreless second and third quarters.
Highland scored on a 35-yard run with 6:36 to play in the game that gave the Hornets a 7-3 lead following the extra point, which set the stage for the Dwyer and Crasi heroics.
Aurora, in Division III, Region 9, unofficially finished third in the computer playoff rankings. They clinched a first-round home game and unofficially will host Alliance (6-4).
The weather made offense difficult to come by, with Aurora being led by Ben Lukasik’s 59 yards on the ground in 11 attempts.
Aurora managed only 117 yards of total offense. Highland controlled the game clock with 200 yards rushing, but turned the ball over three times (two lost fumbles and an interception). Aurora had no turnovers.