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High school football: Avon defense comes up big when it counts as Eagles roll over Middies

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Avon's Ryan Maloy runs past Midview's Daniel Bucknavich Sep 21. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE


EATON TWP. — Midview had Avon’s defense on its heels numerous times Friday night, but it was never able to put the Eagles on their back.

The Middies drove inside the Avon 30-yard line on five of their six first-half drives, but managed only six points while the Eagles offense continued to roll in a 49-6 Southwestern Conference victory.

The Eagles improve to 4-1, 3-1 in the league, while Midview drops to 0-5, 0-4.

“Our red zone defense was really good,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “It was better than our defense for the rest of the length of the field. But that’s the key, you’ve got to keep them out of the end zone and they only scored six. It was a good day for our defense.”

Avon’s first drive ended in a fumble, giving Midview the chance to take an early lead. It looked like it was going to do just that after quarterback Andrew Gooch found Isiah Johnson for a 36-yard gain — then got 15 more yards off an Avon personal foul for roughing the passer to take the ball to the Avon 26-yard line.

Penalties haunted Avon all game with the Eagles committing 17 for 170 yards.

But Jack Roesch was not about to let the Middies score. The defensive end came up with a tackle for a loss and a sack to put the Middies back to the 40-yard line.

They then failed to convert on fourth down.

Not turning red zone trips into touchdowns became all too common for Midview. On its next drive it got to the Avon 29 in 11 plays. But facing a third-and-1, the Middies couldn’t get the first down in two attempts.

It did manage to punch in its only score of the night two drives later on a 1-yard run by Tyshawn Nelson, but stalled twice more before the half.

Gooch brought Midview to the Avon 15 after back-to-back long completions, but the Middies were unable to get any closer three plays later and turned the ball over on downs. Joey Bratkovich’s interception with 1:05 left set up the Middies on the Avon 27, but two bad snaps for a loss of 28 yards caused the time to run out.

“I feel like every time we get into the red zone we get overconfident,” Gooch said. “We think it’s easy to score once we get there, but good teams will be able to stop us in the red zone. We have to fix that.”

Avon was much more efficient when it had the ball, scoring touchdowns on six of its 10 drives. The Eagles got a jolt of momentum to open the half when the defense stopped Midview on six plays and Joey Lance returned the ensuing punt 97 yards for a touchdown and a 28-6 lead.

“It’s all momentum in high school,” Lance said. “We got some momentum, the defense played well and we played a great second half.”

Avon’s already revved up rushing attack continued to churn out yards to the tune of 327 to Midview’s 74, helping the Eagles shorten the game.

“We’ve showed glimpses this year that we can be good,” Midview coach D.J. Shaw said. “We’re looking for consistency. We’ve been in some games, but we haven’t been able to put it together for a whole game.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.comand follow him @CSweeneyCT on Twitter.

Avon 49, Midview 6

Avon 7 14 14 14 — 49

Midview 0 6 0 0 — 6


A — Aaron Endrizal, 19 run (Nathan Vakos kick)

A — Tommy Purcell, 4 pass from Ryan Maloy (Vakos kick)

M — Tyshawn Nelson, 1 run (pass fail)

A — Maloy, 2 run (Vakos kick)

A — Joey Lance, 97 punt return (Vakos kick)

A — Ryan Jones, 14 pass from Maloy (Vakos kick)

A — Maloy, 38 run (Vakos kick)

A — Danny Zeh, 12 run (Vakos kick)

Team statistics


First downs 17 19

— by rushing 10 8

— by passing 7 10

— by penalty 0 1

Yards rushing 327 74

Yards passing 150 260

Total offense 477 334

Passes att./comp. 21/15 46/22

Intercepted by 1 1

Fumbles/lost 1/1 2/0

Penalties/yards 17/170 6/49

Individual statistics

RUSHING — (A) Aaron Endrizal 14-153, Ryan Maloy 9-70, Devon Hunter 6-50, Desmond Kelly 3-32, Danny Zeh 1-12, Mark Steinmetz 1-10. (M) Domenic Roman 3-37, Isiah Johnson 1-16, Andrew Gooch 19-13, Joey Bratkovich 1-8, Tyshawn Nelson 2-3, Nathan Bashak 1-(-3).

PASSING — (A) Maloy 15-21-150-2-1. (M) Gooch 22-45-260-0-1, Bratkovich 0-1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING — (A) Tommy Purcell 6-35, Jake Parker 4-57, Ryan Jones 3-43, Connor Walsh 1-9, Joey Lance 1-6. (M) Johnson 7-102, Zac Gill 7-46, Seth Sanders 4-31, Bashak 3-66, Daniel Bibby 1-15.

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