AVON LAKE — No one is certain if the 2020 high school football season will survive until November to crown a state champion, so Saturday night Avon and Avon Lake made sure to cram an entire season’s worth of big plays and memorable moments into one game.
None of those moments were as big as the one in double overtime when Avon quarterback Niko Pappas found senior wide receiver Kam Erskine open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass to cap a 17-point second-half comeback and give the Eagles a 33-30 win in the season and Southwestern Conference opener for both teams.
Although both teams spent the entire offseason preparing for this fierce rivalry, the game-winning play, when Erskine cut across the middle of the Avon Lake defense and Pappas found him wide open in the end zone, was drawn up seconds before the Eagles broke the huddle.
“That throw, we never actually practiced that, said Pappas, who was 15-for-23 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns. “We put it in on the sidelines because we thought it would work and it turned out to be a good on.”
Pappas also ran for a 3-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-goal play to send the game into overtime.
“We got down early but we never let up,” Pappas said. “(Avon Lake) had two great plays that put them up. We knew all we needed was a couple of great plays to get right back into it.”
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