Avonworth runs over Springdale
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Coming off its first loss of the season, Avonworth got back on track with an emphatic 39-0 win over Springdale on Friday night at Veterans' Memorial Field.
The Antelopes (6-1, 5-1 Eastern Conference) took just three plays to score as quarterback Matt Donovan faked a handoff to Luke Bauer and hit Josh Drawal down the right side for a 47-yard pass and a 7-0 lead 1 minute, 22 seconds into the game.
Avonworth's ground attack was the difference as four players scored rushing touchdowns.
“We have a lot of playmakers,” Avonworth coach Duke Johncour said. “We have receivers. We have running backs. We have a quarterback that can run, so it's nice in that aspect that we have the ability to spread the ball around.”
Drawal added to the Antelopes' lead on their second possession, breaking free for a 22-yard scoring run.
Bauer and Moses Giles added two more rushing TDs (17 yards and 1 yard, respectively) to build a 27-0 halftime lead.
With most of its starters on the sideline in the second half, Avonworth turned to Kevin Simpson at running back.
While Springdale (2-5, 2-4) slowed the Antelopes, Simpson still increased the lead to 33-0 with an 18-yard run before backup quarterback Paul Heflin hit Kurt Niklaus for a 69-yard scoring pass a few drives later.
The Antelopes forced four first-half sacks and blocked two punts that led to touchdowns.
“Our kids executed the plays,” Johncour said. “I thought we left some plays on the field where we didn't execute well in the first half, but the starters, they did good when they were in there.”
The Dynamos abandoned the pass early but didn't have much success on the ground. The Dynamos didn't convert their second first down until midway through the third quarter.
“Avonworth's a very good football team,” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said. “I believe, along with North Catholic, they could win it all.”
Wes Crosby is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Trib high school rankings for Sunday, Sept. 21
- High school roundup: Jeannette rolls to victory; Hempfield standout commits to IPFW
- Carlynton players carry on under new coach
- High school roundup: No. 9 North Allegheny takes down Upper St. Clair
- Late FG again wins it for Valley
- Clairton allows 2 scores but still sprints past Springdale
- Gateway edges Knoch after deflected pass goes for TD
- Penn Hills runs past Mt. Lebanon defense
- Ringgold rolls over West Mifflin
- Thomas Jefferson rolls to 4th straight win, routs Elizabeth Forward
- Gorman: Quitting not the answer