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Ross Douglas’ second half scores lift Avon Eagles
MORNING JORNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon’s Ross Douglas, left, follows his blocker Chris Maxwell, center, has he turns the corner in the third quarter Friday night against Perrysburg in Avon.
MORNING JORNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon’s Mark Kvach, right, holds up the ball after crossing the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter against Perrysburg on Friday night in Avon.
MORNING JORNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon celebrates Ross Douglas’ 70-yard touchdown with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Douglas had three touchdowns and ran for 262 yards on Friday night.
MORNING JORNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon's Braeden Friss, back, breaks up a pass to Perrysburg's Austin Lee in the third quarter last night.
They had no choice.
Avon had just 131 yards of total offense in the first half and needed a spark.
It found one in running back Ross Douglas, who exploded for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to carry the Eagles to a 28-11 win over Perrysburg on Friday night.
“They did a good job containing me in the first half,” said Douglas, who finished with 262 yards on 28 carries. “The offensive line opened up good holes for me and I was able to go through them and do what I do.”
It was a tough going in the first half for Douglas, who fumbled on his own 23-yard line that set up the only score of the half, a 23-yard field goal from Steve Slocum.
Douglas was upset about the fumble and took his frustration out on the Yellow Jackets defense in the second half.
“That’s kind of what great players do,” Elder said. “They respond and we always talk about it in our program, ‘Play the next play.’ You can’t change the past; you have to have a short memory."
The Yellow Jackets played stout defense the first 24 minutes, but all that changed in the second half, though, as the Eagles (10-1) scored on their opening possession in the third when quarterback David Zeh found Mark Kvach for a 2-yard throw-and-catch for their first points of the game.
On Avon’s next drive, Douglas ran in from six yards out to extend the lead to 14-3.
The Yellow Jackets (8-3) responded, however, as Slocum ran in for a 1-yard TD, doing the same on the 2-point conversion to pull within a field goal with 4:20 left in the game.
Perrysburg’s defense kept it a three-point game for all but 24 seconds.
Avon needed just three plays to extend the lead to 21-11 on a 70-yard TD run from Douglas.
“We didn’t panic at halftime,” Elder said. “We told the kids we just had to execute and control the line of scrimmage. In the second half we did a much better job of that."
The Yellow Jackets gave the ball back to the Eagles two plays later when Slocum threw an interception to Zack Torbert. Avon took advantage of the turnover, scoring on its next drive - a 1-yard run from Douglas - to seal the win.
Slocum kneeled on the ball to end the game, ending Perrysburg's season and extending Avon’s for another week.
It was the last time Douglas and the rest of the seniors would play on their home field.
They certainly didn’t disappoint.
“I love playing in this stadium, it’s a great football atmosphere,” Douglas said. “I’m going to miss playing here.”
The Eagles will play Friday in the regional semifinals against top-seeded Tiffin Columbian, who defeated No. 8 Mansfield Senior.
Avon 28, Perrysburg 11
Division II, Region 6 Quarterfinal
Perrysburg (8-3) 0 3 0 8 — 11
Avon (10-1) 0 0 14 14 — 28
P — Steve Slocum 23 FG
A — Mark Kvach 8 pass from David Zeh (Eric Sumislawski kick)
A — Ross Douglas 6 run (Sumislawski kick)
P — Slocum 1 run (Conversion good)
A — Douglas 70 run (Sumislawski kick)
A — Douglas 1 run (Sumislawski kick)
First Downs — P 14, A 20
Yards Rushing — P 53 (Mark Delas 49), A 361 (Douglas 262)
Yards Passing — P 121 (Matt Kaczinski 41), A 95 (Ralph Smith 44)
Passes Att-.Comp.-Int — P 30-12-2, A 18-9-0
Fumbles-Lost — P 0-0, A 2-1
Penalties — P 5, A 8.
Last Updated: 11/3/2012 12:51:20 PM EST