Posting a 12-2 record with an OHSAA Div. II Regional championship and Southwestern Conference co-championship with Avon Lake, 2018 proved to be another big year for the Avon High football team.
Avon’s senior class has put up some great numbers – they have compiled a 45-6 record and advanced to the OHSAA Division II state semifinals in consecutive seasons. The Eagles have won 10 or more games each of the last four years and won or shared the last three Southwestern Conference titles, winning two outright titles.
Coach Mike Elder made sure the community knew it was a ‘team’ effort in achieving this success after the state semifinals loss to eventual champ Akron Hoban.
Here is his tweet to the Avon community after the Eagles state semifinals appearance and second straight appearance in the Div. II Final Four:
“Tonight in the locker room after the game I was reminded that this journey began in 3rd grade for our players. Our TEAM has represented the City of AVON, on and off the football field for the last nine years. This is what high school football is about….growing up and playing the sport you love with your childhood friends. Dreaming, laughing, crying, and working tirelessly together to make your community proud. Seniors you have made the City of AVON proud.
“Our seniors have won three SWC championships and made two final four appearances but that is not what makes them special. What makes them special is the men they have become and the relationships they have built with their childhood friends and coaches. I’m most proud of their work ethic, selfless nature and physical and mental toughness. What we ask of our players is hard and they have done it all.
“Thank you to our parents for allowing your sons to take this journey and for unconditionally supporting them every step of the way. Your commitment to our success doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Thank you to our coaches for ‘getting it’ and understanding your role is to teach kids not just football. I’m blessed to work with such great teachers and men.
“We appreciate all of the support we have been given throughout the year by our cheerleaders, marching band and student section. Friday nights wouldn’t be what they are without all of you.
“Finally, thank you to our Superintendent Mike Laub, High School Principal Kristina Buller and Athletic Director Erich Frombach for creating a culture of excellence in our schools. Our students excel academically and extracurricularly because of your leadership.”
Avon High placed three football players on the Div. II All-Ohio Team – quarterback Ryan Maloy, lineman Michael Bergen and defensive lineman Jack Roesch. Second team is linebacker/running back Mark Steinmetz, and running back Nick Perusek earned 3rd team honors. Maloy went 160-278 passing this year for 2,049 yards, 25 TDs and had 9 nine interceptions. He rushed for 1,059 yards on 138 carries and garnered 15 touchdowns.
Bergen, leading the way on the offensive line, headed to Toledo, while Roesch, a defensive lineman, has committed to Air Force.
Avon Lake had a pair of second teamers in seniors Konner Riggs, a running back, and senior defensive back Luke Fedders. Senior offensive lineman Ryan Beckman and junior kicker Harry Herbert were special mentions.
SWC Names All-Conference Football Selections
The Southwestern Conference has announced the 2018 football individual award winners and All-Southwestern Conference teams, based off the regular season, as selected by conference coaches.
Berea-Midpark’s Trevor Bycznski was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Darren Anders of North Olmsted was named the Defensive Player of the Year. The Lineman of the Year was awarded to Ryan Beckman of Avon Lake. Amherst’s Khennedy Scagliozzo was named the Specialty Player of the Year. Matt Kostelnik of Avon Lake was named this year’s Coach of the Year.
2018 Football All-Southwestern Conference Honors: Offensive Player of the Year: Trevor Bycznski – Berea-Midpark; Defensive Player of the Year: Darren Anders – North Olmsted; Lineman of the Year: Ryan Beckman – Avon Lake; Specialty Player of the Year: Khennedy Scagliozzo – Amherst; Coach of the Year: Matt Kostelnik
First Team All-Southwestern Conference: Amherst: Aiden Johnson, Jacob Lezon, Danny Makruski, Khennedy Scagliozzo, Nathan Soto; Avon: Michael Bergen, Ryan Jones, Ryan Maloy, Jack Roesch, Matt Schuler, Mark Steinmetz, Joe Svec; Avon Lake: Jackson Armbrecht, Ryan Beckman, Christian Cabot, Luke Fedders, Harry Hebert, Jack Mikolich, Konner Riggs, Cole Schraff; Berea-Midpark: Bryce Agnew, Jared Bycznski, Trevor Bycznski, Garrett Waite; Lakewood: Nate Bilski; Midview: Andrew Gooch, Isiah Johnson; North Olmsted: Darren Anders, Tyler Jones; North Ridgeville: Tyler Perry, Cade Riley, Jeremy Sanchez; Olmsted Falls: Braden Galaska, Teddy Grendzynski, Trae Henderson, Michael Howard, Sam Lofton, Jack Spellacy; Westlake: Jordan Taylor
Second Team All-Southwestern Conference: Amherst: Russel Hellinger, Jaret Prete; Avon: Chris Pepe, Nick Perusek, Tommy Purcell, Jake Wilson; Avon Lake: Ryan McCrum, RJ Prusha, Matt Sanders, Nate Sidloski; Berea-Midpark: Dwayne Holland, Omar Siggers; Lakewood: Kyren Jefferson; Midview: Edwin Ralat; North Olmsted: Nate Eyerman; North Ridgeville: Cael Bright; Olmsted Falls: Nick Dailey, Dylan Reines, Nick Vance; Westlake: Jackson Gregory
Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference: Amherst: Erik Henderson, Christian Velez; Avon: Mason Bingham, Kam Erskine; Avon Lake: Owen Callesen, Noah Welsh; Berea-Midpark: Chase Ivancic, Cameron Siggers; Lakewood: Yousef Awad, Evan Hampton; Midview: Zac Gill, Seth Sanders; North Olmsted: Ricky Scott, Collin Strong; North Ridgeville: Jacob Mozny, Matt Steinmetz; Olmsted Falls: Tommy Pettry, Tyler Schompert; Westlake: Dylan Bednar, JJ Coleman