Eagles close with shutout win over Clips

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SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-27-01, By DENNIS BALZER, Morning Journal Correspondent

``AVON -- The Clearview Clippers traveled to the home of the Avon Eagles last night with hopes of sharing a third-place finish in the Lorain County Conference with the Eagles and the Brookside Cardinals.

The Clippers (3-4, 5-5 overall) will have to settle for a fifth-place finish in the LCC as the Eagles (5-2, 6-4) were not in a sharing mood and kept third place all to themselves as they beat the Clippers 28-0. Brookside defeated Firelands in overtime to secure fourth place.

The Clippers, who started the first half of the season with a 4-1 record, have lost three of their last four games with maybe the last two games bitter pills to swallow as they lost to Brookside last week and the Eagles this week ...

Michael Schatschneider
Stencil found Michael Schatschneider with a 29-yard touchdown pass

The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack that was led by the passing of Chad Stencil and the running game of Josh Zunis.

Stencil, who is also a defensive back when he is not on offense, competed 5-of-9 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and also gained 31 yards on three rushing attempts.

''I felt that Chad had an outstanding passing game, especially with the elements that he had to deal with out there,'' said Eagle coach Lee Powell. ''His passing also helped spread their defense which opened up some running room for Josh Zunis.''

Zunis, who gained 140 yards on 26 carries, scored on runs of 13 and 35 yards as he opened the door to a 21-point second quarter by the Eagles. That proved to be the straw that broke the Clippers back as they battled the Eagles to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first quarter.

With 1:16 left in the first half Stencil found Michael Schatschneider with a 29-yard touchdown pass that was followed up by Justin Wack's third extra-point as the Eagles jumped to 21-0 lead. Schatschneider caught a pass earlier in the drive for 53 yards giving him 82 yards on two catches for the night.

The second half was highlighted by an interception of a Clearview pass by Russ Logan that thwarted a Clipper scoring drive in the third quarter and a fourth quarter touchdown by Matt Miesle that covered 18 yards for the Eagles' final score.

''Hats off to our seniors,'' said Powell. ''Stencil has not thrown an interception since the second game of the season and Wack, Miesle, Zunis and Schatschneider are all going to be missed. All have shown the senior leadership that a team can rally around, and we did that.'' ...''

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