High school football: Key stop fuels Avon just before halftime

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle Telegram

STRONGSVILLE — Trouble was brewing for Avon despite a 28-7 lead with just 1:02 left in the first half.

The Eagles had just turned the ball over on their 22-yard line late in the opening half, breathing life into Olmsted Falls on Friday night at Pat Catan Stadium.

“The story definitely was our defense, especially right before half,” said Avon coach Mike Elder. “It’s 28-7. We turn the ball over and they turned them away. They score there, they go in (to halftime) with momentum. They get the ball and they scored on that first drive (in the second half), so now it’s 28-21 and it’s nip-and-tuck.”

But the defense bailed out the offense with a key stop and Avon moved on with a convincing 49-21 win over the Bulldogs. It was the Eagles’ 11th straight win over Olmsted Falls. Avon will meet Toledo Central Catholic on Friday. Central downed top-seed Highland 23-20.

“I was worried about stopping those guys,” Elder said of the Bulldogs. “You’ve seen what they’ve done to the teams that have played them.”

Falls (10-3) runs the triple option to near perfection but it’s an offense designed to play from ahead. Once the Bulldogs fell behind early, it had to rely on the arm of Charlie Ciolek. He passed for 166 yards and three touchdowns by completing 13 of 24 attempts.

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