SPORTS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 9-29-01, By Brad Hutchison
``AVON -- In a battle of Lorain County Conference unbeatens, the Wellington Dukes topped the Avon Eagles 7-3 Friday night.
Wellington had a tough time solving a fired-up Eagles defense on Avon's Homecoming night. The Dukes had 130 of their rushing yards in the first half, but turned the ball over twice in playing Avon to a scoreless tie at the half.
Avon, after focusing on establishing a ground game in the first two quarters, came out firing in the third. Taking the opening kickoff at their own 33, the Eagles, led by the strong arm of senior quarterback Chad Stencil, assembled a 16-play drive to move Avon inside the Dukes 10.
Stencil was 6-for-9 passing on the drive, warming up after a 12-yard completion to steady fullback Matt Miesle. A strong 12-yard run by Miesle and a 15-yard completion to Russ Logan on third-and-long had the Eagles threatening, but they stalled at the 8 and had to settle for a Justen Wack field goal and a 3-0 lead ...
|Receiver Adam Schatschneider|
The play that broke the Eagles back came after Wellington had moved the ball to Avon's 20 but faced fourth down and a long 1. Six-foot-3, 264-pound senior fullback James Mariast took the handoff, broke a tackle up the middle and rumbled 20 yards for a touchdown to put the Dukes on top 7-3.
"That took the momentum away from us," conceded Avon coach Lee Powell, "but we weren't down on ourselves. We wanted to be within striking distance in the fourth quarter, and we were."
The Eagles had their chance to strike after stopping Wellington on fourth down and taking over at their own 35 with 5:26 to play. Erik Gormin caught a 19-yard strike to quickly move Avon into Wellington territory, and three plays later Stencil found Jason O'Rourke to convert a fourth-and-8 and keep the capacity crowd on its feet.
Avon got inside the Dukes 20, but all hope ended when Stencil's fourth-down pass fell incomplete and Wellington took over on downs with just over two minutes remaining.
Powell was pleased with his team's effort against the heavily favored Dukes.
"We played well, but not well enough to win," he said. "Still, I'd take this effort in this game again and like our chances."
Avon (3-3) drops to 2-1 in the conference and travels to Oberlin next week before finishing the season with tough games against Midview, Clearview and Brookside.
"The LCC is out of our hands now," Powell said. "We can only go out and do our jobs every week." ...
Wellington 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Avon 0 0 3 0 -- 3
A -- Justen Wack 25 field goal
W -- James Mariast 20 run (Andy Ogle kick)
First downs 11 9
-- by rushing 11 3
-- by passing 0 6
-- by penalty 0 0
Yards rushing 253 24
Yards passing 0 124
Total offense 253 148
Passes attempted/completed 4/0 28/13
Intercepted by 0 1
Fumbles/lost 5/2 1/0
Penalties/yards 3/14 3/19
RUSHING -- (W) Derek Ross 4-19, James Mariast 12-71, Andy Ogle 18-106, Dan Gundert 9-35, Doug Varney 6-22. (A) Josh Zunis 7-10, Chad Stencil 5- -8, Dan Siegfried 6-10, Matt Miesle 4-12.
PASSING -- (W) Dan Gundert 0-4-0-1. (A) Chad Stencil 13-28-124-0.
RECEIVING -- (A) Russ Logan 3-41, Josh Zunis 1-0, Erik Gorman 4-39, Matt Miesle 1-12, Jason O Rourke 3-24, Adam Schatschneider 1-8.''
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