Josh Hartman | Sports Editor
Avon went into week 7 with a record of 3-3. In front of them was a talented 5-1 Shamrock team who was looking to extend their winning streak to six games. Non-stop offense kept Avon’s trip to Westfield interesting during the first half of play.
The Orioles started with the ball and took advantage to that. The offense worked its way down the field but could not find the endzone. Junior Carson Holmer came in to save the drive for Avon, nailing a field goal and giving the Orioles an early 3-0 lead. However, the Shamrocks replied four minutes later with points of their own. A passing touchdown for Westfield would make the game 7-3. It was back and forth between the two teams the whole first quarter, with the Shamrocks holding a 21-17 lead heading into the second. Avon took back the lead with senior quarterback hitting senior receiver Wallace Stovall with a ten-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-21 Orioles. Westfield did not take very kindly to this as the rattled off 31 straight points against Avon’s defense. Heading into the final quarter of play, the Shamrocks held a 59-27 lead over the Orioles and Avon would add just one more touchdown with a failed two-point conversion making the score 59-33. Unfortunately for the Orioles, this would be the final score as they would fall to Westfield and drop to 3-4.
Avon has two weeks left in the regular season which is not much time to get the little things going. You cannot expect to win a game with 11 penalties compared to the opponent’s two. Westfield junior running back Micah Hauser was also a burden to this Oriole defense all night, as he ran the ball 18 times for 152 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Avon also allowed the Shamrocks to put up 525 total yards. All of these are reasons the Orioles could not pull out the win tonight.
The final home game of the season takes place Friday, October 9th at home vs the Eagles of Zionsville. Kickoff at 7:00.
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