If there was a trophy for class, the Avon Lake High football team would have taken home the hardware for the dignity, sportsmanship and respect demonstrated at the conclusion of the Div. II Regional Championship game at Avon two weeks ago.
In a game that saw outstanding play, great competition and also controversy, the Shoremen set aside feelings of disappointment following the 20-17 loss and saluted their rivals as they left the field after the game.
Avon Lake put together an outstanding season, finishing 8-2 and defeating top-ranked Toledo Central Catholic a week earlier in the regional semifinals. Avon, meanwhile, improved to 10-0 and advanced to its fourth-straight state final four.
But it was the example of sportsmanship and respect expressed by Avon Lake following the decision at Avon that also makes this a championship season for the Shoremen.