By Tara Martin | Social Media Editor
They sat bundled up tight in layers, blankets draped over their heads, protecting them from the on-again, off-again snow blowing in their direction. They weren’t the black and gold army our eyes have become accustomed to; if they hadn’t sat together on the visitor sideline, you’d have no idea that they were supporting Avon football in Center Grove’s overwhelmingly red stadium.
Despite the weather and the drive, Avon students and parents alike packed the stands for the third playoff game of the season after previously knocking off Perry Meridian and rival Brownsburg to advance to Center Grove on Nov. 9. At halftime, Avon was down 0-17, surprising junior Shelby Cutshaw.
“I actually thought [Avon] was going to put up a fight better than this because they have a better record than Center Grove,” Cutshaw said. “I honestly thought Avon was going to knock them out in the first quarter.”
Even though the Orioles were left scoreless the first half, the student section, led by senior Max Moore, remained hopeful for a comeback.
“We’ll come back,” Moore said. “Once we get our stuff in order, we’ll be perfect.”
The second half consisted of both team’s offenses trading the ball back and forth until Center Grove scored a field goal late in the fourth quarter, concluding the game 0-17 Center Grove. Avon’s season ended as sectional champs with a 9-3 record.
Photos by Tara Martin