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     After last year’s embarrassing loss, order has been restored to the Shoremen football universe.  In a contest that was not as close as the 35-3 score, Avon  Lake controlled the game pretty much from start to finish.   David Winkel threw for 143 yards & 2 TD’s, and Wyatt Ohm ran for 146 yards, with one TD on the ground and another as a receiver. Collin Lucas had 93 rushing yards & two TD’s, while Max Seipel chipped in with a scoring catch and a bunch of nice punt returns.  The Shoremen run defense was dominant, holding the Demons to 24 yards on the ground.  Westlake did manage 163 passing yards, but about 110 of that came on two plays.  Outside of those two plays, the Demons couldn’t move the ball at all.

Alex Voloshen started the game with a kickoff into the end zone for a touchback. On the first play, Demon QB Kent Axcell faked play action & fired a bomb up the left sideline, where wideout Dillon Schneider was wide open behind Jace Russell.  The pass was complete, but Russell chased down the receiver  and made a diving shoestring tackle at the Shoremen eight to save the touchdown.  Two inside runs went for no gain, and after Seipel broke up a pass on third down, Westlake had to settle for a field goal.  A weird kickoff was angled out of bounds, setting up the Shoremen at the 35.  On 4th & 4, Lucas took the toss sweep left for five yards.  On 3rd & 2 from the 43, Ohm ran the toss left, made a Houdini-like escape 10 yards downfield, and danced all the way to the 14 for 29 yards gain.  After a run for no gain, Winkel hit Seipel for the score and the Shoremen led 7-3 after the PAT by Voloshen.  The kickoff came down to the one, and perfect kick coverage stopped the return at the 18.  Again Axcell went deep on the first play, figuring he had found a patsy in Russell.  But Jace, obviously a fast learner, picked off the deep throw around the Shoremen 45 and made a nice return all the way to the Demons 14.  A pass to Seipel made it 1st & goal at the 2, and Lucas cashed in from there to make it 14-3 with 6:21 left in the quarter.  Westlake went three & out, and punter Billy Dreher launched a rocket inside the Shoremen 10.  Seipel returned the kick to the 26 for a 48 yard net on the punt.  Winkel scrambled for a first down to the 40, but the drive stalled and Seipel punted to the 19.  Again, Avon Lake’s defense held Westlake, forcing another punt on the first play of the second period.  Seipel returned the kick to the 27, but an illegal blocking call pushed them back to the 11.  Winkel scrambled to the 32, and even after a holding penalty at the end of the play, the Shoremen had a first down at the 22.  Lucas rumbled up the middle for 19, as the Shoremen embarked on a classic Avon Lake drive, using 12 running plays to move the 89 yards.  Lucas covered the last 24 on a dive up the middle for a 21-3 lead.  Axcell completed one pass for a first down, but after that he started having a lot of company whenever he dropped to pass.  After throwing the ball away to avoid a sack, the Demon QB ran a keeper up the middle.  Last year, after Lucas suffered a season-ending ankle injury, Axcell ran wild on that play.  But that was last year, and this time Anthony Thielman was waiting to drop him after a gain of two.  The teams exchanged punts for the rest of the half and the Shoremen took a 21-3 lead into the locker room – which was actually a big tent pitched next to the visitor stands.

    Russell got the Shoremen off to a good start in the second half with a kickoff return to the A.L. 41.  Starting another 12 play, ball control drive, a dive by Lucas picked up one. A toss sweep to Ohm was good for 6, then the same play went for 10 as Ohm dodged a couple of tacklers and dragged a couple more with him the last five yards.  Seeing as how the Demons couldn’t seem to stop the toss left, Coach Laird called it again, this time for nine yards to the 38.  Winkel hit Russell on a slant and Jace mad a couple of guys miss, ending up with a 25 yard gain to the 13.  On 4th & 5 from the eight, Winkle found Ohm in the left flat, and Wyatt battled across the goal line to stretch the margin to 28-3.  The defense forced another three and out, with Seipel bringing the punt back 17 yards to the Shoremen 43.  The teams exchanged punts as the ball pretty much stayed in Westlake’s end of the field.  Starting from the Demon 47,  Ohm carried thee straight time around the left side to move the ball t the 24.  Lucas carried to the 11, but the drive stalled, and Voloshen’s field goal attempt sailed wide left.  Westlake finally picked up a first down at the 31, but punted to Shoremen 24 early in the fourth period.  A pass to Matt Gottschall for a first down got the offense in gear again.  A series of runs by Ohm moved the ball into Westlake territory at the 38.  A sack on second down left the Shoremen facing 3rd & 14.  Winkel looked to be in trouble again, but he escaped the pressure, scrambled left, and lofted a soft pass over the middle to Seipel, who made a nice catch and took the ball to the four.  Two more toss sweeps to Ohm netted another score, and both teams played their subs for the rest of the game.  Westlake hit a bomb to set up the Demons deep in the Shoremen end of the field, but an interception by Kyle Beck ended the threat, and that loss in 2012 is now just a distant memory.

    

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Avon Lake

14

7

7

7

35

Westlake

3

0

0

0

3

 

 

 

W

 

A.L.

First downs

 

6

 

22

Rush Yds

 

14

 

273

Pass Yds

 

163

 

143

Passes att-comp-int

 

22-8-2

 

19-11-0

Fumbles-lost

 

4-1

 

2-1

Penalties

 

4-30

 

8-60

W – Swisher FG 25
AL – Seipel 14 pass from Winkel (Voloshen kick)
AL – Lucas 2 run (Voloshen kick)
AL – Lucas 24 run (Voloshen kick
AL – Ohm 8 pass from Winkel (Voloshen kick)
AL – Ohm 1 run (Voloshen kick)