High school football playoffs: Avon gets big plays when it needs them, downs Brecksville to advance to regional final rematch against Avon Lake

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — The true sign of a championship team is when the game is on the line anyone on the roster is capable of stepping up and making a game-changing play.

When Avon found itself trying to hold on to a slim three-point lead in Friday’s Division II, Region 6 semifinal game against Brecksville-Broadview Heights, it had two unsung heroes emerge.

Senior defensive linemen Mason Bingham recovered a fourth-quarter fumble and had a huge third-down tackle to help thwart Brecksville’s final possession of the game, while junior wide receiver Tim Conwell caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Niko Pappas with 3:34 left to play to give the Eagles a two-score lead as they pulled away late for a 38-28 win.

Avon (9-0) took the lead for good at 31-28 with 9:43 remaining on a 43-yard Pappas touchdown run — his second rushing score of the night.

The Eagles then tried to evoke the element of surprise with an onside kick, however, Brecksville (7-2) fell on the ball to take possession at midfield.

Three plays later, Bingham recovered a Garrett Kubitz fumble and gave the Avon offense a change to get back on the field.

“Our defense was taking some hits the entire game and to be able to come up with the energy we needed and get that momentum when we needed it was huge,” Bingham said.

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