A wet evening didn’t deter a huge crowd of supporters, who were treated to one of the closest games of the season for their teams.
“I thought that one of the big things is we hurt ourselves quite a bit,” said Avon Head Coach Andy Englert after the game. “I was proud of the kids, they never gave up all the way to the end.”
Leroy started the game off strong, leading at the beginning of the 2nd quarter 14-7. The Knights would keep that lead throughout the game.
The Braves fought back hard in the second quarter, despite suffering an injury on Avon senior Jeff Fasoldt. Senior TJ Crye put on a strong display with an interception and touchdown which would tie the game 21-21. A blocked field goal by the Braves kept the game tied going into half time.
The Knights came back hard after the half. A fumble recovered by Leroy led to a touchdown early in the third, and after a second touchdown, the quarter ended with the Knights leading 35-21.
The Braves would fight hard going into the fourth, eventually closing the gap with a touchdown in the last two minutes of the game. Avon recovered the ball at the kickoff and push hard down the field, only to lose the ball to Leroy, who then ran out the clock.
“It showed a lot of heart and character in our kids, we just showed up on the short end of the stick,” said Englert. “Leroy was prepared, they did a great job tonight running the football against us.”
Avon will play next Friday at Canisteo-Greenwood at 7:30PM. Leroy will play at home next week against Bath, with a start time of 7:30.