Neither Avon’s nor Brownsburg’s football programs envisioned starting the season 1-3, but here they are in Week Five staring each other in the face with a game this Friday, each hoping they’re not the one to blink first.
It took a 0-2 start before the Orioles got their first win and the Bulldogs have dropped their last three straight.
Both Avon coach Mark Bless and Brownburg coach Brett Comer agree this game has come at a good point in the season for their respective squads.
“Right now, and Brownsburg feels the same way I’m sure, we want to play our best football to gain some momentum back after getting beat last week and being 1-3,” Bless said.
Comer added, “This week comes at a perfect time for us. It will breathe a kind of fresh air into our weekly preparation. They’ve lost three games in a row and that starts to set into their brain.”
With so much on the line between the two schools, coupled with the familiarity of the players, coaches, and communities, it’s a contest boiling over with passion.
“In my coaching career, Brownsburg and Avon is as big as it gets,” Comer said. “When you’re playing your rival, it brings out a special challenge and some great memories of previous games that include wins and losses.”
Bless, now in his fourth year with Avon, said he knew the game was special the first time the teams met.
“It was eye opening for me,” Bless said. “You talk about intensity with fan support and with both teams as well as the intensity of the game. It was a really exciting, fun atmosphere and I enjoyed it. When you win, you enjoy it a little more than when you come out on the short end of the stick.”