Avon sophomore Gerett Shoat had three touchdowns in the game in the first half.
Avon Lake, in its first game under new coach Larry Laird, picked up its first touchdown in the third period with a 24 yard pass from David Winkel to Matt Gottschall. Winkel injured his leg in the first half and finished the game limping.
Avon added a final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Eagles coach Mike Elder credited his team and the Eagles stamina with a summer of 6:30 a.m. practices.
“Every year people question us but they don’t see what I see…those guys busting their butts,” Elder told Fox Sports Ohio.
The game’s statistics told indicated
how Avon dominated by air, and despite Avon Lake’s higher rushing yards, they
couldn’t convert rushing into touchdowns. Avon Lake rushed for 207 yards to Avon’s 132.
Avon’s 348 yards to Avon Lake’s 37 proved Avon’s aerial dominance. (Statistics compiled by Fox Sports Ohio.)
Avon tallied 480 yards to Avon Lake’s 244.
Avon Lake controlled the ball, with 26:12 minutes of possession to 21:48 to Avon’s 21:48.The game marks the 30th meeting for the two teams, who played each other for the first time in 1939. At the start of the game the head-to-head record was 16 wins for the Shoremen and 14 for the Eagles.
The game was live-streamed on Fox Sports Ohio.
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