The Avon High football team up rung up one of the great Southwestern Conference seasons in 2016, going undefeated in the regular season and capping off an undisputed SWC title with a 42-19 victory over Olmsted Falls two weeks ago. It was a perfect night for the Eagles. They finished the regular season at 10-0, notched Coach Mike Elder’s 100th career win and wrapped up the league title – all on Senior Night.
When the game was over, Elder knelt with his team in thanks, then said to his squad, “You have just won the league championship in arguably the toughest conference in the state!”
Little did he know that, a week later, conference parity would come back to haunt the Eagles. Their second season – a run in the playoffs towards the goal of a state finals appearance – was cut down by SWC rival Avon Lake. The 8th seeded Shoremen, who had lost to top-ranked Avon the second week of the season, 31-7, lodged a win for the ages and beat Avon, 27-26.
Yes, it is a disappointment for Avon. But a built in hazard of the OHSAA playoff system is that many good teams see their seasons end on notes of remorse. After all, at the end of the championship run only one team gets the trophy.
And that is why the Eagles should savor their 10-0 regular season and undisputed Southwestern Conference championship with pride. They are accomplishments the Eagle players and coaches now have for life, and they can never be taken back.
Here is a photo rewind of the Avon High football 2016 as covered by The Villager Newspaper, free downloads of Avon High School photos sponsored by Cooper Disposal.