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AVON, OHIO – A group of Avon Eagles senior football players stayed on the field a little longer than usual Friday night, soaking in another SWC Title, and along with it yet another trip to the postseason.
The Eagles led by an amazing performance on offense, put the boots to Berea-Midpark Friday night in Avon, piling up 774 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns in a runaway 77-47 win.
“They deserve it,” Avon coach Mike Elder said of his players. “We respect this conference and all the teams in it, and for us to be able to be back in the postseason, I am excited to see what this group of players can do.”
As well he should be, as the Eagles end the regular season with a mark of 9-1, 8-1 in SWC play, their only blemish a 31-28 week three setback to the team they will have to share the SWC Title with, the Avon Lake Shoremen.
Avon’s offense punished the Titans, as they scored on every possession of the first half minus one which ended with a turnover. They scored a backbreaking touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half to push the lead to 42-28.
Berea-Midpark’s defense in their final four games allowed an average of 59.7 points, losing their final three games by a combined score of 182 to 122.
Bycznski and the Titans offense went toe-to-toe for about the first 18 minutes with the Eagles, and he ended the night throwing for 420 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in his final high school game.
He will continue playing, as next season he will play at Rice for head coach Mike Bloomgren.
This night though belonged to the Eagles, as running back Nick Perusek led a huge running attack for Avon, as he put up 280 yards and four scores on 28 carries.
The Eagles as a team ran the ball for 565 yards on 53 carries, with quarterback Ryan Maloy getting in on the act, going for 142 yards and two scores on 11 carries.
Maloy also was a threat throwing the football, as on a rainy night he completed 17-of-23 passes for 209 yards with four touchdowns in the win.
The two teams combined for 10 touchdowns in the first half, with the Eagles taking a 42-28 lead in the locker room.
Garrett Waite’s 26-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter pulled the Titans to within seven at 42-35, but that was the closest as Berea-Midpark would get.
The Eagles scored on a 44-yard run from Perusek to make it 49-35, and after a Bycznski 3-yard touchdown run with a missed extra point made it 49-41, Avon’s offense put the game away.
Maloy raced 67-yards to push the lead out to 56-41, and the Eagles defense finally held, and a Perusek 45-yard score on the next drive basically ended the chances for Berea-Midpark, as they made it a 63-41 game.
The final Berea-Midpark score of the season came on a Bycznski to Dwayne Holland 66-yard score to make it 63-47, but again the Eagles offense could not be slowed down.
They got a 44-yard scoring run from Mark Steinmetz, and a Maloy final touchdown pass to Ryan Jones from 10 yards out closed out the scoring at 77-47.
The Eagles will host a playoff game next week as they look to start their run towards a state title in Division II, as in Region six they will likely enter the postseason as the third seed, awaiting to see how ends up with the sixth seed and their first-round matchup.
Player of the Game: Avon RB Nick Perusek
On a rainy, cold night in which the Eagles were looking again to clinch their third straight SWC Title, they rode the legs of running back Nick Perusek, and he led them to the promise land.
Perusek helped the over 700 yards of offense for the Eagles, as he put up 280 yards rushing on 28 carries (10 yards per carry) with four touchdowns in the Eagles 77-47 win.
He had the Eagles first score of the game, another in the second quarter, and then two touchdowns in the third quarter, one of 45 yards and the other of 44 yards as Avon pulled away for the 30-point win.
Helped out by a tremendous effort by the Eagles offensive line, the night belonged to the ground and pound of Avon, who again will be a force in the postseason starting next week.