High school football: Not the playoffs, but Avon feels good after win over a tough Perrysburg team

Chris Sweeney
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — Having had all the rest they needed, the Avon Eagles showed up hungry Friday night.

It may not have been a playoff game, but Avon took care of business by using nine players to pile up 281 rushing yards in a 42-20 non-conference win over Perrysburg.

The Eagles (7-0) had already advanced to the Division II, Region 6 quarterfinals because North Olmsted was forced to forfeit after a member of its team tested positive for COVID-19. Avon will host Highland next Friday.

To avoid having a second straight bye week, Avon scheduled Perrysburg (6-2), who was upset in the first round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs last week. The pair met in the Division II playoffs three out of four years from 2012-15 with the Eagles winning twice. The Yellow Jackets won the last meeting 48-21 in 2015.

“It was great to play a quality opponent,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “They’re really good, they’re good year in and year out. Last time we played them was in the playoffs and they beat us. They went on to the state final four that year. We have tremendous respect for them, they’re really physical up front. It’s been proven on film for six weeks. This was a playoff-caliber team that we played tonight, and now I think we’re ready to face Highland.”

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