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Football - Thirds vs. Brunswick School
Event Type: Regular
Date: October 26, 2011
Event Recap:
Wednesday, October 26 was a day of redemption for Avon’s 3rds Football team.  They were able to avenge a first-game loss to Brunswick by defeating them in the return engagement, 24-12.

The game was a closely-fought affair and the talented and athletic squad from Brunswick battled on every play.  Both teams played hard and well and showed significant improvement from the beginning of the season.  

The young Winged Beavers won the coin toss to start the game and elected to receive the ball.  Relentlessly, a few yards at a time, Avon pounded down the field.  Receiver Matt Millea noticed a weakness in Brunswick’s coverage and brought it to the attention of the coaches.  The next play was a 25-yard aerial strike from QB Chris Davis to Millea, who was dragged down at the Brunswick 5-yard line.  The next play Derek Kasperzyk slashed across for the touchdown.  Davis then found Millea open again for the points after attempt and Avon converted, making the score 8-0.

Brunswick got the ball and moved forward briefly, but their drive stalled near midfield.  They lined up to punt, but linebacker Andrew King burst through and blocked the kick.  Austin Liptrot hustled after the bouncing ball and fell on it.  Unfortunately, Avon was unable to capitalize on the turnover.

Brunswick was able to move the ball to midfield again.  This time when their drive stalled, they were able to get the kick off and pinned Avon deep in its own territory early in the second quarter.  Avon ran the ball twice without much success, then tried a pass play from its own 7-yard line.  Davis, under heavy pressure from the Brunswick defense, saw Ian Browchuk open and tossed him the ball.  Browchuk tucked the ball away and rumbled upfield for a 35-yard gain.  On the next play, Collin Rissolo sliced through the middle of the line and found the open field, scampering 58 yards for another Avon score.  Again, QB Davis faded back to pass and found Millea open.  The conversion was good and Avon led 16-0.
Brunswick got the ball with time in the first half slipping away and started to move downfield.  They had penetrated into Avon territory to the 38-yard line.  With 45 seconds left in the half, they attempted a pass play, only to have Henry Schopp blow through the middle for a huge QB sack and ten-yard loss with 45 seconds left in the half.  Brunswick was unable to move the ball from there and the threat was ended for the time being.

Brunswick received the opening kickoff of the second half and moved the ball downfield on several missed tackles by the young Winged Beavers.  The Avon defense repulsed their first three attempts at scoring from inside the 10-yard line, but Brunswick succeeded on the fourth try.  The points after attempt was smothered by a swarming Avon defense and the score was now 16-6.

Avon received the ball and again started to slog downfield.  Again the break-out play was a long pass from Davis to Millea, this time for 40 yards.  Rissolo then darted in from ten yards out for his second TD of the game.  Davis found Millea for the third time on a PAT and the pass was complete, making the score 24-6.

Brunswick then ran the ensuing kickoff all the way back for a touchdown.  Several Winged Beavers laid hands on the elusive Brunswick runner, but were unable to bring him down.  The PAT was again stifled by the alert Avon defense, but Brunswick was drawing nearer, now down 24-12.

Neither  team was able to sustain a drive and the teams traded possessions.  Brunswick then began to move the ball.  They penetrated as deep as the Avon 31-yard line, then lined up to attempt a pass.  The coaching braintrust for Avon had cleverly called a blitz and Andrew King stormed into the Brunswick backfield, tackling their quarterback for a 12-yard loss moving the ball back to the 43-yard line.  This stopped Brunswick’s momentum.

Brunswick battled all the way though and the outcome of the game was still hanging in the balance as time was running out.  Avon tried to run the clock out, but Brunswick’s defense forced them to punt.  Mike Herring uncorked a line-drive style punt that the Brunswick back had trouble fielding.  Avon’s coverage unit swarmed into the area and Henry Scavone managed to clasp the slippery pigskin tightly to his chest.  Avon was then able to run the clock out and secure the win. 

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