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The Shoremen “D” led the way to  a hard fought, physical  19-7 win over North Canton Hoover.  Avon Lake’s defense looked like the Swarmin’ Shoremen of old, stifling Hoover’s running game and harassing quarterback Luke Grandjean into a bunch of sacks and three interceptions.  Danny Disbrow returned the first pick 34 yards for the home team’s first score, and Jace Russell’s second INT of the year set up another second quarter score. Offensively the Shoremen did just enough, cashing in on the short field after Russell’s interception, and reaching into the bag of tricks for a 54 yard Collin Lucas to David Winkel TD pass to give the good guys some breathing room in the fourth quarter.

Avon Lake received the opening kickoff, and a holding call on the return left them starting from their own 15.  Wyatt Ohm carried for 18 yards on a toss sweep to the right, then gained nine on a perfectly timed option pitch from Winkel on 3rd & 3.  After a substitution penalty moved the ball back five yards, Winkel hit Matt Gottschall for a nice gain down the right hash.  Matt looked to have a first down, but a hard hit jarred the ball loose and Hoover recovered at their 40.  The Vikings gained just five yards on three plays and punted the ball back to the Shoremen.  A nice return by Max Seipel put the ball at the Shoremen 35, and Ohm carried to the 47  for a first down.  The drive died there, and Seipel punted to the 20.  On 3rd and 6 Grandjean hit Alex Binnie with a 55 yard bomb to the Shoremen 22.  Four plays later Grandjean and Binnie hooked up for a four yard TD and Hoover led 7.  The next Shoremen drive went nowhere, but Seipel launched a 61 yard skyrocket of a punt to leave Hoover at there own 6 as the quarter ended.  Hoover moved to a first down at their 34, but then a holding call, two sacks, and a delay penalty left them punting from their own one yard line. Seipel brought the punt back to the 33, and it really felt that the momentum had swung in favor of Avon Lake.  The feeling was short lived, though, as a high snap went off Winkel’s hand and the Vikings recovered.  After a sack by Disbrow, Grandjean rolled left under pressure and threw a bullet down the left sideline.  Danny picked it out of the air and ran untouched 34 yards to knot the score at 7.  Alex Voloshen’s kickoff sailed into the end zone, and Hoover moved the ball into Shoremen territory.  On second down from the 29, Russell picked off a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and returned it to Hoover’s 33.  On third and inches, Ohm took a toss sweep down to the 10, and Winkel hit Seipel for the TD on a 10 yard slant.  The PAT attempt hit the right upright leaving the score 13-7 at the half. 

The third quarter was a defensive struggle, as neither team could mount a significant threat on offense.  Hoover started the fourth period with a nice drive that reached the Avon Lake 21, but Disbrow sacked Grandjean on third down and the Ben Oxley hit him as he threw on fourth to force an incompletion. On 3rd & 7.  Lucas took a toss left for a first down at the 37.  Two more Lucas runs made it 3rd & 1 at the 46.   Winkel pitched the ball to Lucas again, ths time to the right.  Collin rumbled toward the sideline, then pulled up and threw a rainbow to a wide open Winkel circling to the left.  David pulled it in and cruised untouched in to the end zone for a 54 yard TD catch.  Hoover drove from their four to the Shoremen one on the last drive of the game, padding their offensive stats, but running out of time without scoring.

 

NOTES:

·       Avon Lake finally broke through against a Federal League opponent, after suffering second half collapses against Massillon Jackson in 2011 and 2012.

·       The Shoremen have one more non-conference game, next week against North Ridgeville, before finally opening SWC play in week five.

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Avon Lake

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13

0

7

19

Hoover

7

0

0

0

7

 

 

 

H

 

A.L.

First downs

 

20

 

10

Rush Yds

 

68

 

111

Pass Yds

 

267

 

91

Passes att-comp-int

 

47-25-3

 

10-6-0

Fumbles-lost

 

2-0

 

4-2

Penalties

 

7-47

 

3-20

H – Binnie 4 pass from Grandjean (Zalewski kick)
AL –Disbrow 34 interception return (Voloshen kick)
AL – Seipel 10 pass from Winkel (kick failed)
AL – Winkel 54 pass from Lucas (pass failed)