Avon comes up empty

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SPORTS ARTICLE fron The Morning Journal, 9-7-02, By KEN FIORE, Morning Journal Correspondent

``MEDINA -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will not be sending game wardens after the Avon football team, because they came up empty on their hunting trip to Buckeye High School, as the Bucks blanked the Eagles, 21-0, in a non-conference clash of unbeaten teams.

Avon is now 2-1 on the season after the defeat, while the win moves Buckeye to 3-0.

The Eagles were not short of chances in the game, but just couldn't quite get things going. The first chance was when the center snap sailed past Buckeye's Ryan Hoover on a punt attempt on fourth-and-seven at the Bucks 45 with 7:50 left in the first quarter ...

Two Dan Siegfried runs and an incomplete pass set up a fourth-and-one on the Buckeye seven, but Siegfried was stopped for no gain, and the opportunity was lost ...

Avon had another scoring chance in the second quarter, driving all the way to the Buckeye 8 before the Bucks defense stiffened and an Eagles field goal try was partially blocked ...

After Buckeye upped the lead to 21-0 in the third quarter, the Eagles got two more scoring chances in the fourth quarter, but came away with nothing to show for it.

Avon drove all the way to the Buckeye 1, but on fourth-and-goal Siegfried got hammered and the ball came loose just short of the goal line, and Buckeye recovered with 9:38 left in the game.

Avon's substitute quarterback, Shawn Stencil (starter Jason O'Rourke had been injured earlier), hooked up with wideout Dustin Garris for a 30-yard gain that got the Eagles in range again on the Buckeye 11. But three plays later a Stencil pass was picked off and the threat ended.

Avon coach Lee Powell summed things up quite well saying, ''We failed to capitalize on our chances early in the game. When they give you things, you've got to take advantage ... Shawn Stencil is a great kid, who did some nice things. He's very coachable and a great leader.''

Garris led the Avon attack with three catches for 104 yards.

The Eagles travel to Clearview for their Lorain County Conference opener next week.''

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