By Brent Glasgow email@example.com
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — AVON — With a strong second half, Avon turned a four-point game into a 41-13 trouncing of rival Brownsburg Friday night.
The Orioles led 17-13 at halftime, but big plays on offense and defense led to a 24-point whitewash over the final two quarters.
“We played good in the first half but kind of shot ourselves in the foot a few times,” Avon coach Mark Bless said. “We challenged them at halftime to clean things up. They did it, and the offensive line did a great job and the defense really stormed them.”
Despite the tally on the scoreboard, Brownsburg coach Brett Comer said it was a step forward for his young roster.
“I was proud of it, and I know that sounds ridiculous when you look at 41-13, but maybe it’s different if we just do the little things right that ended up snowballing,” Comer said. “We had some kids that made some big strides tonight.”
Avon (2-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead just two minutes in as David Schall ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the game’s fourth play. Schall finished with 175 yards on 15 carries.
“He played a heck of a game and ran with a lot of authority,” Bless said.
After a sack by Avon’s Mack Duffin forced a punt on the next series, placekicker Nyles Edwards upped the Orioles’ advantage with a 35-yard field goal.
Brandon Dowers hit a 31-yard field goal to trim Avon’s lead in the second quarter, and Toks Akinribade put Brownsburg up 10-9 with a 55-yard TD run up the middle.
Avon went up 17-10 when Brandon Peters connected with Matt Moore for a 10-yard TD and Derrick Tennant for the two-point conversion, but Dowers hit a 47-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to cut the Orioles’ lead to four.
“That gave us a lot of momentum and got our kids jacked up at halftime,” Comer said. “Unfortunately, we only played two quarters tonight. I guess that’s not a surprise since we had two great days of practice and two really average days, and that’s being kind.”
A 35-yard run by Schall set Edwards up for a 24-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter, and Peters scored from a yard out to give Avon a 27-13 lead early in the fourth. The TD was set up by a 45-yard reception by Cress Kimbrough, who weaved his way through multiple defenders before being dragged down at the 1-yard line.
“Cress is our playmaker and he’s able to run good routes and has good hands,” Bless said. “Obviously on that play he showed what he can do.”
Nick Handlon blocked a Brownsburg punt on the next possession, and Tennant followed with a 7-yard TD run. Three plays later, Joe Belden tipped a pass by freshman quarterback Hunter Johnson, pulled it down and charged 12 yards for a TD that set off a team-wide celebration.
“I batted it, looked up, caught it and felt someone on my back, but just kept going,” Belden said.
Belden said that after last week’s heartbreaking defeat against Fishers in the final moments, and with some online motivation, Avon was ready Friday night.
“It was a great win because they’re our rivals, and some were tweeting us on Twitter saying how they were going to beat us and that we were soft,” he said. “I think we came out and showed them who’s boss.”