Avon reached Zionsville’s 40 midway through the fourth quarter, but a sack by Ben Kocher for a 6-yard loss forced the Orioles to punt. The kick was bobbled by Kocher and recovered by Avon, and on the next play, Peters hit Moore for an 8-yard score.
On the next drive, Zionsville went for it on fourth down-and-9 at its 42, but Gabe Lakstins broke up Hinkle’s pass. Avon ran the clock down to under 50 seconds left before punting, and TJ Wilson capped the Orioles’ defensive performance with a game-clinching sack.
“The defense did what it could and the offense came out in the second half and started smacking them,” Wilson said. “Our defensive line was on them all night. You couldn’t ask for more as a team.”
Avon now turns its attention to the sectional opener at No. 2 Ben Davis, which improved to 7-2 with a 28-24 comeback win over fourth-ranked Carmel.
“We scrimmage them every year, and I know they get better as the season goes along,” Bless said. “We feel like we’ve made progress as well, so we look forward to the challenge, for sure.”