High school football: Avon pulls away from Pioneers

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle Telegram

AVON — Mike Elder was very wary of Elyria entering Wahlberg Stadium on Friday night and rightfully so.

The veteran Avon coach knew his team was coming off an emotional win over its biggest rival at Avon Lake the week before and the Pioneers were a scary team to match up with.

Never mind the fact Avon won 48-6. It belied what happened on the field through nearly three quarters. The Eagles are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern Conference at the season’s midway point. Elyria fell to 2-3 and 0-2.

“Elyria is a talented football team,” Elder said. “Kind of coming in, we knew that. We had a lot of concern coming off a rivalry week and the emotional win against our rivals. We expected resistance and we expected them to make plays and they did. Tip your hat to them. It was a game for three quarters.”

Elyria had just scored on a zig-zagging, breaking-tackles, shifting-speeds 63-yard run by senior Lance Glover that trimmed Avon’s 14-0 halftime lead to 14-6 with 9:43 left in the third quarter. Glover’s run had all the marks of the shiftiness of a Jack Beidleman and the power of a Tony Godbolt — either father or son from days gone by — as he darted through the defense.

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