May 22, 2015

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Avon’s O’Rourke, Lutheran West’s Fackler named All-District top players

Avon turned in a perfect 10-0 regular season, captured its first West Shore Conference title and plays Saturday night for a Division III regional championship. So, it’s no surprise that the Eagles are littered all over the 2008 Associated Press All-District teams, led by senior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke’s selection as the Offensive Player of the Read More…

High school football: Avon downs Tiffin Columbian, advances to regional final as defense stands tall again

HURON — The Avon fans have found themselves in uncharted territory the last two weeks. After weeks of comfortably watching a string of blowout victories, they’ve been on the edge of their seats as the Eagles have squeaked out a pair of playoff wins — including Saturday night’s 13-6 nail-biter over Tiffin Columbian in the Read More…

Harrell still getting his kicks: Avon star running back making the most of his decision to give up soccer for football

It’s hard to believe, but the success the Avon football program is enjoying may have come down to a decision made by a 12-year-old. It was a decision that turned goals into goal lines, crossbars into uprights and yellow cards into yellow flags. “I started playing soccer when I was just 4 years old,” Eagles Read More…

Avon vs. Tiffin Columbian scouting report: Need for speed may prove crucial

Tiffin Columbian coach Steve Gilbert has been breaking down game film for the past 16 years at the Seneca County school, and has been preparing for playoff games seven of the last nine seasons. But even he didn’t need long to figure out the kind of team Avon was, probably because he saw that type Read More…

For Browns’ defense, loss is tough to take, tougher to explain

CLEVELAND — It was hard for Cleveland’s players to say why the Browns defense played so badly during Sunday’s 37-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Was it a lack of execution by the defenders, poor play calling or a mixture of both? The frustration was evident when nose tackle Shaun Rogers — who had a Read More…

‘D’ is for dominating: Avon, Tabar shut down Defiance, lead Eagles to playoff football win

AVON — Senior linebacker Alex Tabar had plenty of reasons to turn in a big performance Friday night against visiting Defiance. Tabar — the team’s leader in tackles, tackles for losses, sacks and fumbles forced — wanted to lead by example. He wanted the Eagles, the No. 1 seed in Region 10, to shine in Read More…

High school football: Clearview’s regular-season perfection fades fast in lopsided loss to Ottawa-Glandorf

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The joyful feelings surrounding Clearview’s perfect regular season turned sour Friday night as the Clippers couldn’t get going on offense, couldn’t stop Ottawa-Glandorf on defense and fell apart on special teams. Mistakes mounted and the frustration flowed as the Clippers were handed a 56-12 loss by the Titans in a Division IV Read More…

Special delivery: O’Rourke’s ability as a passer and leader has put Avon on top

WHO: Avon (10-0) vs. Defiance (8-2) WHAT: Division III, Region 10 quarterfinal WHEN: Tonight, 7 o’clock WHERE: Avon Stadium RADIO: WEOL 930-AM, WDLW 1380-AM They call them Playstation numbers. They’re the kind of stats you normally rack up playing video games with the setting on “Easy” and using cheat codes to make your wide receivers Read More…

The game changer: Clearview’s Hitchens can dominate an opponent in a variety of ways and on both sides of the ball

TONIGHT WHO: Clearview (10-0) vs. Ottawa-Glandorf (6-4) WHAT: Division IV, Region 14 quarterfinal TIME: 7:30 WHERE: Tom Hoch Memorial Field RADIO: WEOL 930-AM, WOBL 1320-AM  Clearview running back Anthony Hitchens breaks through a hole in the line and sprints toward the opposing safety’s coverage zone.The defender has watched film on the Clippers star and knows Read More…

High school football playoffs: Four area teams prepping for postseason

 High school football teams waste no time getting started on preparation for the playoffs. “It’s still early and we’re still studying a lot of film,” Avon coach Mike Elder said of Defiance, the Eagles’ opponent in their postseason opener. “I do know against Kenton they had trouble with the pass.” That bodes well for Avon Read More…