Ross Douglas, Avon Eagles hand Midview Middies their first loss

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon running back Ross Douglas, right, runs the ball across midfield during the second quarter against Midview on Friday at Midview High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon linebacker Kevin Skotko snags an interception during the first quarter against Midview.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Eagles wide receiver Ralph Smith III, left, makes a leaping catch during the second quarter against Midview on Friday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Eagles wide receiver Ralph Smith III makes a gain on a pass during the first quarter against the Middies at Midview High School on Friday.

EATON TWP. — The highly anticipated match-up for West Shore Conference supremacy ended up being decided by the guys up front.

A dominating performance by Avon’s offensive and defensive lines along with Ross Douglas rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns led the Eagles to a convincing 28-0 win over host Midview Friday.

“Coming into this game, I thought we were better up front,” Avon Coach Mike Elder said. “They have great skilled athletes and so do we. Up front, I felt that could be the difference in this game. It was our guys offense line and defensive line… dominated.

“The difference of the game was up front on both sides of the ball.”

The jitters were out early for both teams with Avon (6-1, 4-0) quarterback David Zeh fumbling on the game’s first play which was recovered by Midview. On the ensuing drive, Middies (6-1, 3-1) standout quarterback Cody Callaway was intercepted for only the fifth time this season by Avon’s Kevin Skotko.

Late in the first quarter, the Eagles line along with Douglas started to control the line-of-scrimmage. The University of Michigan recruit carried the ball six times on the drive which set up a 23-yard field goal by Eric Sumislawski to give Avon a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Douglas, who had 75 yards rushing in the first half, scored the first touchdown of the game with a five-yard plunge to cap a six-play 42-yard drive.

Callaway tried valiantly to get Midview on the board. He led the Middies on a 13-play drive into Eagles territory which took up almost five minutes of the second quarter. But he was forced into a pair of incompletions and sacked to kill the drive and force them to punt.

With only one timeout remaining, Avon drove down the field on the strength of Zeh’s arm and a penalty on Midview. On the Middies’ three on with only 3.1 seconds left. Foregoing the field goal after a timeout, Zeh connected with Braeden Friss as time expired to give them a 16-0 lead at the half.

Avon’s defense stifled Callaway and the Middies’ offense in the first half, holding them to just 62 yards of total offense in the first half. Callaway was sacked three times and harassed on several other attempts.

Things didn’t get any better for the Midview offense in the second half with Douglas recovering a fumble on the first play of the second half. Four plays later, Douglas scored from six yards out for a 22-0 lead.

“Any time you can get right back on the field after you have momentum offensively, that’s a huge play,” Elder said. “Our defense played outstanding. Boy we played great defense and limited them as a big-play offense.”

Douglas tacked on his third touchdown of the game — from 18 yards out for the final margin. He totaled his 140 yards on just 18 carries.

“I just wanted to do whatever it took to get my team the victory,” Douglas said. “I just wanted to make plays every time I got the ball.”

Eric Lauer, who came into the game with over 600 yards receiving by the combination of Ralph Smith and Douglas, was held to just two catches for 18 yards. Callaway was held to 62 yards passing and left early in the third quarter after injuring his ankle.

“They whipped us up front on both sides of the ball,” Midview Coach Bill Albright said. “Their defensive line dominated our o-line and their o-line dominated our d-line. That was the game. When you are getting dominated like that, you can’t protect the quarterback ... there isn’t a lot you can do.”

Avon host Vermilion next Friday, while Midview travels to Lakewood.



Avon 28, Midview 0

West Shore Conference

Avon (6-1, 4-0) 0 16 12 0 — 28

Midview (6-1, 3-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0

Scoring

A — Eric Sumislawski 23 FG

A — Ross Douglas 5 run (Sumislawski kick)

A — Braeden Friss 3 pass from David Zeh (kick failed)

A — Douglas 6 run (kick failed)

A — Douglas 18 run (kick failed)

Statistics

First Downs — A 19, M 7

Yards Rushing — A 268 (Douglas 140), M 73 (Kolby Hirschfelder 43).

Yards Passing — A 92, M 80.

Passes Att.-Comp.-Int — A 21-8-0, M 24-13-1.

Fumbles-Lost — A 1-1, M 1-1.

Penalties-Yards — A 5-50, M 4-40.



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Last Updated: 10/6/2012 12:09:49 PM EST

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