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HS Football Preview Week One: Avon-Avon Lake Begin 2020 Season Renewing Rivalry

Once again, the Avon Eagles and Avon Lake Shoremen will face off in the beginning of the season in a Southwestern Conference showdown in Avon Lake.

Last year, the Eagles (13-1 in 2019) swept the Shoremen (11-2 in 2019) in Week 1, 13-12 and in the Division II, Regional Final 20-3.

Despite all the injuries for Avon, they advanced to their third consecutive State Semi-Final appearance. The Eagles lost to Massillon 35-10.

Now, the season starts with a healthy clean slate Eagles’ head coach Mike Elder. Players who had to step up last year, will become full-time contributors to a team that expects to be a winning program, due to their recent history.

Most notably, running back and linebacker Devon Hunter is returning for his Senior season. He became the starting running back after Nick Perusek went down halfway through the season.

The Eagles rushing didn’t skip a beat. He played a pivotal role in the playoffs with a five touchdown, 207 rushing yards performance against Benedictine and took plenty of snaps against Avon Lake. He did all of this without their starting quarterback, who was also injured.

The only team that the Shoremen lost to in their historic 2019 campaign was against their rival Avon.

Avon Lake’s defense, last year, recorded six shutouts and allowed five points per game in the regular season.

Stars on the defense like defensive lineman Nick Marsh have graduated, but they still have a lineup of players who can have tremendous impact for the shoremen.

Running back Gage Duesler, quarterback Michael Corbo, and interior defensive lineman Jacob Stintic to name a few.

Avon leads the all-time series against Avon Lake 9-4. The way the two teams look like on paper, this matchup could likely determine the winner of the Southwestern Conference.

Especially, when the regular season is six weeks long instead of the traditional 10 weeks.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Mike Dewine and the Ohio Department of Health ordered spectator seating to be mandated at 15 percent of the stadium’s capacity.

Student-participants, such as players, cheerleaders, and band members for both sides are allowed to get two tickets that is reserved for family and close friends

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