By JAMES BRADY, Morning Journal Correspondent, 9-23-00
AVON -- ... For the first 15 seconds of the game it looked like the Falcons had picked right up where they left off [against Clearview] as Travis Kurtz took the opening kick-off 89 yards to stun the Eagles Homecoming crowd.
|Josh Zunis (36) outruns the Firelands defense (Morning Journal/Douglas A. Khrenovsky)|
Unfortunately, the men in the black and white striped shirts said come on back boys, flagging the Falcons for clipping.
The night didn't get any better from there for Firelands as Avon used a 12-minute stretch in the first and second quarters to score an amazing 35 points and walk away with a 35-0 win ...
The Falcons were eventually forced to punt and that signified the start of the stunning 12-minute stretch by Avon.
Jimmy Dosztal came flying off the corner to block the punt that set up the Eagles at the Falcons 32 with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter.
Five plays later Jacob Schober went off tackle on the right side for a 12-yard TD run. His extra point made it 7-0 ...
On Firelands' next offensive play, Jerome Walker came in and stole an option pitch from Hasel to Sean Grasso, setting Avon at the Firelands 17. Josh Zunis scored two plays later from three yards out for a 14-0 lead.
|Sean Grasso, left, of Firelands has the ball stripped away by Avon defensive end Jerome Walker. (Morning Journal/Douglas A. Khrenovsky)|
The Falcons ran six plays before punting to the Avon 41. Enter Zunis again as he went five yards on the first play and then 54 yards on the second play for his second score of the game with 3:58 still left in the first quarter.
The Falcons again ran six plays on offense before having to punt. This time the Eagles took over at their own 37. Patrick Henry decided that two plays was one too many for an offensive drive and he proceeded to hit Dosztal with a 63-yard dart for a 28-0 lead. At that point just 10 seconds were gone in the second quarter ...
This time Firelands only ran five plays before having to punt. But this time something different happened. The punt never got off as it slipped through the punters' hands, giving the Eagles the ball at the Falcons 35.
Zunis couldn't be outdone by the Henry-to-Dosztal play so he covered the 35 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give the Eagles a 35-0 advantage on the scoreboard after Schober hit his fifth straight [good kick] with 9:28 left in the first half. Zunis finished the night with 104 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.
Let's quickly review the blitzkrieg attack. From their first play from scrimmage Avon ran 11 plays resulting in 202 yards and five touchdowns in the span of 11 minutes and 45 seconds. After that the fans could have gone home because that was the scoring for the night. The Eagles defense never let the Falcons cross their 40-yard line the remainder of the game ...
''This is Josh's (Zunis) first real experience running the ball," [said Avon head coach Lee Powell,] "but we know he is an excellent back. He is strong and fast and his vision on the field is getting better with each carry. He's tough to tackle and the more he runs the ball the more dangerous he is going to be."
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