A momentum shift began late in the first half and carried through the early stages of the third quarter to decide Friday's Class B final.
Elkhorn held Aurora out of the end zone to end the first half, keeping the game tied at 13. The Antlers outscored Aurora 22-0 in the third quarter to defeat the Huskies 42-19 and win its sixth state championship, doing so in front of a home crowd.
Aurora had the momentum early, using the first 7:24 of the first quarter to drive 92 yards on 17 plays, capped by an Ethan Shaw run on 4th and 2.
The two teams traded blows throughout the rest of the first half with the game tied at 13.
Aurora had a chance to go up before half with an answered drive to Elkhorn's kick return touchdown. The Huskies were inside the 10 when Shaw fumbled with less than 30 seconds left, ending any chance of a halftime lead.
Mack Owens had his fifth 100-plus rushing game of the season while Shaw nearly totaled 250 yards through the air and on the ground. The duo in the backfield each finish the 13-game season with 1,000-yard rushing efforts.
Aurora ends the 2020 season with a 9-4 record in its first season back in the Class B ranks. This was also Elkhorn's first season back in the Class B ranks after spending the previous two seasons in Class A.
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