Josh Hartman | Managing Editor
Week four of the football season brought the rival Brownsburg Bulldogs to Avon as the Orioles were still searching for their first win. At 0-3, Avon was desperate for a win, as well as revenge for the loss that the Bulldogs handed them last year in the playoffs.
The Orioles started off hot right out of the gate, as sophomore quarterback Mason Reynolds threw an 88-yard dime to senior Kent State commit Chrishon McCray. Following a successful Carson Holmer extra point, Avon had a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game. The defense needed to step up on this next drive and hold Brownsburg to no points, but unfortunately, the Bulldogs would successfully convert two 4th down conversions. This would lead to them tying the game at seven. Less than two minutes later, Brownsburg scored again to take a 14-7 lead.
Late in the second quarter, the Bulldogs would continue their scoring, as they got their third rushing touchdown of the evening to make the game 21-7. The Orioles would take the ball back and start driving down the field quickly, however they were held, and forced to settle with a field goal. Holmer nailed the 29-yarder, and the Bulldogs got the ball back with 1:39 left in the first half. This would be too much time for them as they tacked on another touchdown, their first passing touchdown of the night. Going into halftime, Brownsburg held a 28-10 lead.
The Bulldogs kept their feet on the gas into the second half as they hit a 35-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Not much would occur this quarter until late when Brownsburg would get their fourth rushing touchdown of the game, scoring their second buzzer beating touchdown of the night.
The Bulldogs were up 38-10 going into the final quarter of play and Avon needed to find something fast if they wanted any chance. However, just like all game, they would fail to score and towards the middle of the fourth, they were forced to punt. On this punt, a Bulldog collided with Holmer, sending him to the floor after he booted the ball away. Holmer would be forced out of the game due to injury. Soon after, the Orioles would get the ball back and Reynolds would find McCray again for their second time connecting for a touchdown this game. Sophomore kicker Tyler Church would hit the extra point and shorten Brownsburg’s lead to 38-17. The Orioles would then attempt an onside kick, which was unsuccessful. This gave the Bulldogs the ball back and the game would end with Brownsburg winning by 21 points.
Déjà vu for Avon as they drop their fourth straight game to the Bulldogs, panning all the way back to the 2019 season. The Orioles are now 0-4 this season, and 0-2 in conference play. Homecoming is this Friday, September 17th, as Avon is at home again vs the Franklin Central Flashes.