Avon defeats Firelands

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SPORTS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-28-02, By KEN FIORE, Morning Journal Correspondent

``AVON -- In physics it's called inertia. On the football field it's called momentum.

Call it what you will, but Avon jumped off to a good start last night, scoring on two of its first three possessions in a 29-0 win over Firelands in last night's Lorain County Conference football action ...

Joe Guenther returned the opening kickoff 35 yards to set Avon up with a first-and-10 on the Firelands 43.

After tailback Dan Siegfried got stuffed for a two-yard loss on first down, Avon quarterback Jason O'Rourke hit Jake Hawley with a pass behind the line of scrimmage that Hawley turned into a 31-yard gain, and a first down on the Falcons 14-yard line.

Three Siegfried runs could not get Avon a first down, and Brandon Englehaupt kicked a 28-yard field goal to move Avon ahead, 3-0, with 8:43 left in the first quarter.

Firelands took the ensuing kickoff out to their own 33, but the Falcons could get no further than their own 47 before turning the ball over on downs.

The two teams traded possessions and Avon was back on offense for the third time at their own 43, with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.

Avon promptly marched off on a nine-play, 4:53 drive that culminated with O'Rourke running four yards for the touchdown.

When Englehaupt added the point after, the Eagles led 10-0 with 7:56 left in the second quarter.

Avon added a touchdown late in the second quarter on an O'Rourke scoring pass of 32 yards to Dustin Garris to go ahead 16-0.

Firelands got a chance to score as the half wound down. Dan Strohsack took Garris's kickoff 79 yards to the Avon 11-yard line where Garris had to make a saving tackle, but the chance died when Nate Hartsel tackled Strohsack for an 11- yard loss on a third down play, and the ball went over to Avon on downs.

''I was nervous about this game,'' Avon coach Lee Powell said. ''Firelands is a well-coached team. We had a heck of a defensive effort in the first half (Firelands gained only 27 yards). We're still in control of our destiny. We'd like to gain a hunk of that crown.'' ...

Siegfried led all rushers with 102 yards on 24 carries, and O'Rourke had 106 yards passing on seven completions ...''

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