Avon Eagles beat Lorain Catholic 20 - 7

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By PAUL MORTON, Morning Journal Correspondent, 8-26-00

"AVON -- The Avon Eagles ... outlast[ed] the Lorain Catholic Spartans, 20-7. The Eagles and Spartans played to a 7-7 tie through three quarters ...

Avon opened the scoring with 7:15 left in the second period on a two-yard run by Jacob Schober to cap off a nine-play, 64-yard drive. That drive actually got a helping hand from the Spartans, who had pinned the Eagles back on their own 13 with a punt. But the punt was called back on a penalty for illegal procedure, and the re-kick set the Eagles up on their own 36.

The Avon lead did not last long. Just 25 seconds to be exact. ... tie the score at 7-7, where it would stay until the 5:27 mark in the fourth period.

The Eagles had opportunities to score before that point, but Schober's 35-yard field goal attempt on the second play of the fourth period went wide left.

The Spartans took over at their 20 and moved the ball to the 35 before Kutting lost the handle on an option play and Scott Wicker recovered on the 32. The Eagles began a march toward the goal line and came within one yard of it when Josh Zunis was stripped of the ball, turning it over to Lorain Catholic.

Eagles coach Lee Powell said such mistakes nearly ruined the first win of the season.

''I think we did a good job offensively, except we love to shoot ourselves in the foot,'' Powell said. ''I'm going to die young if we keep doing that.''

The Spartans failed to move the ball and punted back to the Eagles, who took the ball at the Lorain Catholic 25. Three plays later, Schober ran 20 yards up the middle on a counter-gap play to take a 14-7 lead.

The Eagles scored again after Matt Miesle intercepted a desperation pass by Kutting and returned the ball to the Spartan 2. Josh Zunis carried it the final distance with one tick remaining on the clock for the final 20-7 score ..."

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