November 26, 2014

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With Browns away, Shoremen and Eagles get to play

When they said there would be fireworks at the annual charity game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday, they weren’t kidding.

LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE
Avon Lake fans cheer as the Shoremen take on the Avon High Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland on Saturday.

Avon and Avon Lake treated nearly 6,000 fans to early explosions before the Shoremen wore down the Eagles to claim a 50-25 win.

It was the first time the neighboring schools have played since 1960. Avon scored first — on its first offensive play from scrimmage — as junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke hit junior wide receiver Brett Jensen in stride for an 87-yard score. The teams combined for 27 first-quarter points.

“It was such a rush to get on top of a team like that,” said O’Rourke, who threw for 312 yards and two scores. “Avon Lake is such a good team. I didn’t know that’s what we were going to do (on the first play), but I’m glad we did it.”

“The kids are still in awe of this place,” said Avon Lake coach Dave Dlugosz.

“This is amazing,” said Avon Lake’s Mike Haddad, who scored four touchdowns and ran for 167 yards in being named the game’s MVP. “You’d think you come here and it’s an empty stadium. Our fans were loud, and it was just great.”