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SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 8-25-02, By KEN FIORE, Morning Journal Correspondant

``AVON - Avon found a nice groove on "Opening Night Part II" last night, using a nice mixture of running, passing and some enterprising defense to storm past Lorain Catholic, 41-6.

The game was close until the Eagle defense turned two interceptions into 14 points to ice the contest.

The Eagles hit the scoreboard first on Friday night, when tailback Dan Siegfried carried the football 15 yards to paydirt, culminating a 10-play, 62-yard drive. When Brandon Englehaupt added the point after, the eagles led, 7-0, with 9:39 left in the second quarter.

Both teams came back after the storm in a subdued mode and neither team could get it going until Avon quarterback Jason O'Rourke found Sean Graver on a pass good for 47 yards.

Only a fine stop by LC's Chase Szente prevented Graver from scoring a touchdown, but the Eagles did get a first-and-10 on the Spartan 14. O'Rourke ran it from the 4 for a 14-0 Avon lead.

Avon added four more touchdowns to salt the game away. Avon coach Lee Powell liked most of what he saw.

"We had come out kind of sluggish (yesterday) and that changed the momentum," he said. "LC did a nice job of adapting from (Friday) night." ...''

SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 8-23-02, By THERESA NEUHOFF, Morning Journal Writer

``AVON - Jason O'Rourke listens to what everyone has to say about Avon and uses it to his advantage. He's heard that his team is too young and that not much is expected of them this season. He's heard that Midview and Wellington are favored to win the Lorain County Conference and that Avon may have to wait its turn.

That's what other people may be saying, but all that matters to O'Rourke is what he and the rest of the Eagles think.

"I just want people to give us respect," the senior quarterback/cornerback said. "I don't think anybody expects us to do as much as we think we can do." ...

Senior linebacker Eric Burgess and O'Rourke are Avon's only returning three year starters. A year ago, Burgess (5-foot-10, 190 pounds), totaled 100 tackles and three sacks while O'Rourke 96-1, 190) had 34 tackels and one interception. While he was a defensive starter, O'Rourke saw little playing time on offense and had limited catches as a reciever ...

Avon coach Lee Powell has confidence in O'Rourke, who he says is the fastest player on the team. "He's got a great arm and he's a tremendous athlete," Powell said.

O'Rourke plans to run the ball when he isn't handing off to running backs Dan Siegfried (Jr., 6-0, 205) or Sean Graver (Sr., 5-10, 160). A year ago, Siegfried totaled 210 yards and three touchdowns. Graver is a proven leader and a team captian along with O'Rourke and senior Dustin Garris (6-0, 195 WR/S).

"When you lose as many two- and three-year starters as we did , it's up to the seniors," Powell said. "If we jell together early, we could have a good season."


Last Year's Record: 6-4, 5-2 LCC

Coach: Lee Powell (4th year, 14-16)

Lettermen Remaining: 12

Strengths: The Eagles have depth at the skilled positions on offense with many returning lettermen. Senior Jason O'Rourke (QB/CB) has able recievers in Dustin Garris (WR/S) and senior Adam Schatschneider (WR/CB). Questions: Depth on the offensive line. The Eagles have just one returning starter in Justin Ruschau (OL/DL).

Outlook: The Eagles may have lost 14 lettermen, but many of their returning lettermen this season have expierence. They should pick up where they left off last year and have another successful year.''

SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 8-24-02, From staff reports

There was nothing in the playbook for this.

Mother Nature showed up for the first night of the high school football season with an offense nobody could stop.

A line of thunderstorms that swept east through this region in the early evening yesterday postponed most games until today [8-24-02]. Some were stopped before ever getting started ...

Of the 21 games being played by teams in the Morning Journal coverage area last night, 15 were postponed until today while five others resumed play after being delayed ...

Ohio High School Athletic Association rules state that there must be a 30-minute wait after the last lightning strike before the teams can take the field again. After that, the teams are allotted a 10-to-15 minute warmup ...

The following games were postponed until today: ...

Lorain Catholic at Avon: Avon leads, 7-0. Rescheduled for today, 7 p.m. ...''

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