BATAVIA — Another dominant defensive performance propelled Avon to a second straight victory, 21-0, over Alexander on Saturday at Van Detta Stadium.
The Braves held the Trojans to just 150 yards of total offense while using a total team effort to outgain Alexander by 169 yards despite being out possessed by nearly 11 minutes.
“Always good to get a win against a good team. Alexander is well-coached and just a hard, physical team,” said Avon head coach Andy Englert after the win. “I was happy with our performance, but we need to fix the turnovers.”
Avon gave the ball away four times against the Trojans.
“When you get into the red zone, you need to put points on the board and not have turnovers or turnover on downs,” added Englert. “We just need to keep working on the basics each day.”
Avon took an early lead during the first quarter on a 52-yard touchdown run from junior running back Thomas Welch, who finished the game with 12 carries for 93 yards and the score. The Braves added to their lead in the second, as a 47-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Andrew Rowland to senior wide receiver Roman Volpe helped make it 14-0 going into halftime. A one-yard run from Rowland in the fourth sealed the deal.
Senior kicker Carson Williams finished the game a perfect 3 of 3 on extra points.
“I feel that our offensive and defensive line have been playing good ball,” added Englert. “We talked about it all week - that we need to win in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Alexander is a physical group and they get off the ball low. Our front groups composed of Joe Frazer, Lucas Findlay, Carter Fronk, Aydan Reid, Michael Thompson and Logan Austen played great today.”
Rowland threw for 60 yards on three completions, including the TD pass and an interception, while adding 13 carries for 84 yards and the rushing score.
“We were just outplayed by a larger Avon team,” said Alexander head coach Tim Sawyer.
The Trojans were paced by 92 yards on 12 carries from junior quarterback Nick Kramer, while senior linebacker Devin Dean recorded 11 tackles on defense.
Avon is now 2-0 and looks ahead to Notre Dame (1-1) next week. Alexander falls to 1-1 and plays at Lyons next week.
“We need to fix our mistakes and work hard every day at practice if we hope to come away with another win,” said Englert.