SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-19-02, By MATT GOUL, Morning Journal Correspondent
``SHEFFIELD VILLAGE -- Defense and controlling the ball win games and Avon used that formula to muscle past Brookside, 7-3 last night.
In the first half, it was Brookside's defense that was in control. The Cardinals (3-6, 2-4) held Avon (6-3, 4-2) to 35 yards on the ground in the first half. In the second half, the Eagles fed the ball to Dan Siegfried and he delivered.
Siegfried rushed for 167 yards on 31 carries and scored the game's only touchdown.
''They did a great job on us in the first half and we had a lot of mental mistakes,'' Avon coach Lee Powell said. ''They had us stuffed, they had us scratching our head and it was nice to respond in the second half. I told the kids, 'We did it the old fashion way: We ran right at them.''' ...
|Interceptions proved to be costly for Brookside. Two of the picks were made by Adam Schatschneider.|
It only took Avon's first play of the second half to surpass its total yardage of the first half. Siegfried took the handoff for Avon's first play of the drive and ran 49 yards to Brookside's 13. Four plays later, Siegfried scored from 3-yards out and Avon took the lead.
''Ziggy did an awesome job of running the ball,'' Powell said of Siegfried. ''He has good vision and the line stayed on their blocks and drove their feet. That was the difference in the ballgame.
''Ziggy is running the ball better than he's ever ran it up to (last night) and he was just a madman.''
Once Avon took the lead on Siegfried's run, the Eagles' offense went through him for the remainder of the game. In the second half, Siegfried rushed 21 times for 133 yards. In the first half, he was held to 10 carries for 34 yards.
''I usually get a lot of carries and I like it a lot,'' Siegfried said.
Interceptions proved to be costly for Brookside. Avon's defensive backs took away the big-play threat for Brookside, which allowed the defense to stop the run. Two of the picks were made by Adam Schatschneider, including the final one with 0:29 left, on a reverse pass by Steve Grife. The Cardinals had 156 yards in total offense to Avon's 40 yards, but could only muster 31 yards in the second half.
''The defensive line was rushing the quarterback,'' Schatschneider said. ''They come up there and throw fly balls. I broke on it and caught it.''
For Avon, the win over rival Brookside sets up a Week 10 matchup versus Midview.
''Senior year, you got to beat Brookside,'' Schatschneider said. ''But, Midview, we want that.''
Avon will look to play spoiler against the Middies, who clinched a share of the LCC title last night.
''We are pumped for Midview,'' Schatschneider said. ''We are definitely ready for Midview."''
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