After last week’s 42-10 win over St. Edward, Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe wanted quarterback Ryan McQuade to step up his preparation for Friday’s home game against Walther Lutheran.
After McQuade’s performance in the first half against the Broncos, it appeared he heeded that advice. The senior quarterback threw all 30 of his passes in the first two quarters, completing 18 of those for 298 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles rolled to a 56-0 win.
“The first week we played well and Ryan connected on all cylinders, and last week we struggled,” Beebe said. “We worked hard (this week) and I challenged Ryan to watch more film. I thought he threw some nice balls (Friday) and really got into a rhythm.”
McQuade threw two of those scores to Ryan Suttle, while favorite target Chad Beebe (7 catches, 121 yards) and Cory Windle also got in on the action. Brandon Mayes (3 carries, 75 yards) also had a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Joel Bouagnon and Legend Smith both rushed for 78 yards and a score in the second half as the Eagles piled up 530 yards of offense.
“Coach was saying all week we needed to just come out and play as hard as we can, and what happens, happens,” McQuade said. “Everybody played a really good all-around game.”
The defense also got into the action, holding the Broncos to 70 yards in the first half — 36 of which came on a run by Najee Toomer — and pitching its second shutout of the season. MJ Zepeda made it a 35-0 game midway through the second quarter when he picked off a Joe Lomnicki pass and returned it 25 yards for a score.
“We knew all summer our defense was going to be good, and I thought then it was the best defense we’ve ever had,” Beebe said. “I really like our defense and am excited to see how they are going to play as this year progresses.”
Aurora Christian (3-0) will play at Wheaton Academy next Friday. Walther falls to 0-3 and will host Guerin Prep.