Fortune favors the bold.
The Avon High football team worked that to the max in beating Toledo Central Catholic, 43-42, in overtime at Sandusky Strobel Field last Friday night.
The incredible win came when the Eagles, disdaining the kick after their overtime touchdown, went for two.
The stunning conversion play saw quarterback Sam DeTillio pitch the ball to running back Jakorion Caffey, who then handed the ball off to wide receiver Ethan Holbrook on a reverse. Holbrook then charged to the corner of the end zone for the two-pointer that sealed the thrilling win.
“So unbelievably proud of ALL 100 players on our TEAM,” said coach Mike Elder after the game. “Every single one of them was a star in their role. Our toughness and love for one another is uncommon. Huge shout out to my coaches as well. Nobody works harder than them. Thank you Avon Nation. On to the next…”
The “next” for Avon is Akron Hoban in the state Div. II semifinals this Friday at Parma Byers Field.
The Regional title is the fifth straight for the Eagles. Moments before the exciting two-point conversion, however, their season looked finished. TCC scored on the first possession in overtime and kicked a PAT. Avon then got the ball at the 20 but had trouble moving it. Facing a 4th and 9 at the 20, the season looked all but over. But DeTillio found receiver Drew Lindsay at the one on a slant to set up 1st and goal. DeTillio then scored on a keeper to set up the exciting two-point conversion play.
Avon led, 21-7, at the half. But the game turned into a heavyweight tilt in the third and fourth quarters with the Eagles and Irish trading long scoring plays and also a few critical turnovers and penalties.
In the end, Coach Elders aggressive play calling, which included a hook-and-ladder in the first half and another end around to Holbrook for a score, made the difference for the never-quit Eagles. Fortune favors the bold!