AVON — If fourth-down efficiency is something Avon coach Mike Elder deems important, his Eagles made him proud Friday night in the season opener.
Avon had a long passing touchdown on its opening drive, then a big touchdown run up the middle late in the fourth quarter — both fourth-down conversions and both by senior running back Nick Perusek — as the Eagles rallied for a 13-12 victory over top rival Avon Lake.
“That happens a lot in high school football when people are packing the box and trying to get a tackle for a loss,” Elder said. “It’s feast or famine in those situations and sometimes they get you and sometimes they don’t.”
Avon was facing fourth-and-3 from the Avon Lake 23-yard line on its first drive when Danny Zeh threw a swing pass to Perusek on the right side, and Perusek weaved through a couple of Shoremen defenders and into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead.
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