By Jake Thompson
---- — AVON — As Friday’s game unfolded, everything that could go right for Avon did in its conference contest with Lafayette Jeff.
The Orioles played very solid in all three phases of the game and jumped on the visiting Bronchos early and often in their 54-14 Homecoming win.
“We’re very, very happy,” Avon coach Mark Bless said. “Offensively we were able to move the ball and do some things. Our defense has been playing very well and that trend continued. I’m really happy with our special teams because we spent some time working on a few different twists.”
Avon quarterback Brandon Peters completed 10 of 12 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another TD. Peters connected with Cress Kimbrough for each passing touchdown and the pair has built a rapport as the season has progressed.
“We have a great connection together,” Peters said. “Every day in practice we come out and time up our routes, have gotten them down pat and transfer that to the game.”
Avon took its opening drive 82 yards for a score with Peters hitting Kimbrough for a 41-yard TD.
Avon’s David Griffith then intercepted Jeff quarterback Matt Johnson and ran 37 yards for a score on the Bronchos’ first offensive play. Following a two-point conversion pass from holder Drew Shayotovich to Matt Moore, the Orioles led 15-0.
“It was my first two-pick game since my sophomore year and first pick-six,” Griffith said. “We’re a great defense and if we jump on teams quick then it’s going to be a long game for the other team.”
With the offense and defense getting into the action, Avon’s special teams came up big on Jeff’s ensuing possession as Zach Williams blocked the Bronchos’ punt and recovered in the end zone for a TD. It was the junior’s first special teams TD and the score gave Avon a 22-0 lead.
“It worked just the way we planned it,” Williams said smiling. “I was lucky the ball did a little curl and held up before rolling out of bounds.”
Avon took a 28-0 lead after Peters took sprinted in untouched over the left side after a deceiving ball fake fooled Jeff.
Peters then connected with Kimbrough for their second hookup, this time on a 16-yard strike.
Trailing 35-0, Jeff finally got something going as Mitchell Sterner hit Austin Albrect for a 24-yard TD.
A facemask penalty in the end zone on Jeff on its ensuing possession resulted in a safety and that ended the scoring in the first half with Avon ahead 37-7.
A 43-yard Nyles Edwards field goal in the third increased Avon’s lead to 40-7 before Peters finished with a 34-yard strike to Kimbrough late in the quarter.
Derrick Tennant’s 5-yard TD on the last play of the third ended Avon’s scoring.
Jeff tacked on a late TD with 31 seconds left in the fourth on a 4-yard run by Johnson.