Josh Hartman | Managing Editor
Last Friday, the Avon Orioles football team hosted Franklin Central for the Orioles’ senior night and homecoming game. Avon, at 0-4, was still searching for their first win while the Flashes of Franklin sat with a .500 record of 2-2.
The Orioles drove down the field quickly to start out the game, showing no signs of slowing down. However, a fourth down would halt Avon’s offense as Franklin Central would force a turnover on downs and proceed to go down the field and score with a 31-yard rushing touchdown. The successful extra point would make the score 7-0. Coming off the turnover on downs, the Orioles looked hungry to even the score at seven. They did this successfully, as sophomore quarterback Mason Reynolds found senior running back and wide receiver Chrishon McCray in the end zone. Senior kicker Carson Holmer, who was playing after being hurt in the Brownsburg game, nailed the extra point and the score was tied at seven heading into the second quarter of play.
Avon got the ball back early in the second, but an immediate interception would give the Flashes a chance with great field position. Even with starting their drive at Avon’s 30-yard line, FC would still not find the end zone, as they had to settle for a 32-yard field goal, which was missed. Avon once again got the ball back on offense and once again had a turnover on downs. Just 30 seconds after turning the ball over, FC freshman quarterback Nevan Tutterow would throw an interception to Oriole junior cornerback Layton Moore who took it back 71 yards to the house for the score. However, a flag was thrown. Avon was penalized and the touchdown was taken off the board. Regardless, the Orioles got the ball and took it down the field where they ultimately had to settle for three as Holmer executed a 32-yard field goal to make it 10-7 Avon. The Flashes would get the ball back, drive down the field, and answer back with three of their own to make the score tied at ten heading into the locker room.
Scoring would not pick back up until late in the third when FC ran it in for an 18-yard rushing touchdown and after another Reynolds interception, the Flashes would add another seven points to the scoreboard. This time from the air for 41 yards. At this point, it is a 24-10 Flash lead and Avon needed to get something going on the offensive side of the ball if they wanted a chance to win this one. As time expired in the third quarter, the Orioles had the ball and it was decision time. Fourth down and one yard to go for a first down. They decided to go for it as junior Jaiden Jones would take the carry. Unfortunately for Avon, Jones would lose a yard, giving FC the ball to start the fourth with a 14-point lead.
The Oriole defense needed to step up in a big way and senior linebacker Derrick Shaw answered to that call. The Flashes fumbled the ball on the first play of the final quarter and Shaw jumped on it, giving Avon the ball back. However, the Orioles offense, once again, turned the ball over on downs. The game seemed out of reach for Avon, but the defense forced a punt, and the Orioles put McCray back for the return. He would come up big as he took the ball down to the FC 35-yard line. This would lead to seven points through the air for the Orioles as Reynolds found senior wide receiver Joe Hall open in the end zone to bring the score within seven points. The Avon defense could not afford to give up a score, but they did not live up to that task. The Flashes would pin six more points on the scoreboard, giving the Orioles the ball with 5:51 left. The most Avon did was find the end zone once, with Reynolds finding McCray for six.
The clock hit triple zeroes and Avon’s record went from 0-4 to 0-5 as they drop this one the Franklin Central 30-23. Next for the Orioles is a date at Fishers this Friday, September 24th.