The midterm report for the Avon High football team is straight A’s. After pounding Southwestern Conference rival Midview, 42-21, last Friday, the Eagles rolled to 5-0 overall this season.
It was a classic matchup of two high caliber football teams that had them packed in at Avon’s Joe Firment Stadium – a clash of teams that have produced some classic battles in recent years.
But, with a 14-7 halftime lead, it was apparent early that Avon was about to shake off the Middies and take control of the game at any time.
That time came in the third quarter, when Avon opened up a 28-7 lead.
The win was a total team victory. Quarterback Ryan Maloy threw for 124 yards and rushed for 78 more. Sophomore tailback Nick Perusek had a big night, introducing himself with a 78-yard TD scamper right after the half. The shifty speedster ended with 126 total yards and 2 TDs, thanks to the blocking of a dominant offensive line and the hole-opening bulldozing of fullback Tony Eberhardt.
Avon’s defense deserved much credit in toughing out a game first half by the always-explosive Middies. With two interceptions and fumble recovery late in the first half, the Eagles were able to shake the visitors after the intermission.
With its 5-0 mark, Avon entered the week ranked second in the state in the AP Div. II poll, trailing only Cincinnati LaSalle. The Eagles have now beaten two of their toughest opponents in the SWC in topping Midview, Olmsted Falls, Avon Lake and Merritt Island, Fla. This week the Eagles visit winless Westlake before hosting Lakewood Oct. 6.