By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Dominic Trivisonno has kicked his way to the top of a list filled with prestigious names.
The Aurora High School senior became the football program’s all-time leader in made extra points last Friday during the team’s victory over Tallmadge.
Trivisonno has now connected on 139 extra points — and counting — to best the previous record of 134 that was held by Joey Melchiori (2012-14) and Robby Albrecht (2015-17).
The number is already impressive, but what makes it even more remarkable is that Trivisonno has converted on 139-of-145 extra points during his three-year career.
“Consistency is a trademark of Dom’s performance,” veteran Aurora football head coach Bob Mihalik said. “Of the five misses, three of those were because of a faulty snap or hold. Dom has truly only missed two extra points in those three years that were mishit.”
At one point, during Trivisonno’s sophomore and junior seasons, he connected on 54 consecutive made extra points.
The right-footed kicker is currently approaching another school record for all-time points scored.
Aurora’s current record-holder is Albrecht with 173 points.
Trivisonno sits in second place with 160 points, with four total games guaranteed on the schedule (three regular season and one playoff), if not more, depending on the Greenmen’s postseason success.
“Dom has provided Aurora football with the comfort of knowing that our kicking game has been in good hands the last three years,” Mihalik said. “We have not had to go into the off-season trying to find a kicker.”
Trivisonno took over as Aurora’s full-time kicker during this sophomore season and it did not take long for Mihalik to realize that he had a good one.
“He never gets rattled. When I saw how calm he was making big kicks as a sophomore, I knew he would be fine and have a great career for us,” Mihalik said. “We will certainly miss him next year.”
As good as Trivisonno inside the special teams, it is not his only standout role.
He is also a two-year starter on defense and currently ranks ninth on the team in total tackles (21), fourth in solo tackles (15) and leads the team in interceptions (2).
All for a defense that has allowed more than 14 points in a game only once this season (31 points in a Week 2 loss at Painesville Riverside). The Greenmen defense has allowed seven points or less in five of their seven games this season, including back-to-back shutouts the last two weeks in wins over Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge.
For the season, Aurora’s defense is allowing just 9.3 points per game.
“Dom is a full-time football player,” Mihalik said. “He is a two-year starter at free safety and has added wide-receiver duties this year. He rarely leaves the field. We try to rest him some on offense. Sometimes I worry that he will be tired on a place-kick or punt, but that has not happened yet this year. He is in great shape.”
As the team’s punter, Trivisonno is averaging 42.8 yards per punt — and Mihalik only makes references to former standouts Anthony Melchiori, who kicked at Kent State University, and Andy Heacox as players during his tenure that were so dominant at place-kicking and punting.
The recurring theme surrounding Trivisonno is quality.
“Dom is such a pleasure to be around,” Mihalik said. “He has no ego. He is very coachable and a great teammate, who never loses his composure.”
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