Avon Lake Shoremen top North Canton Hoover Vikings for 2nd win

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake head coach Larry Laird disputes a touchback call on a Shoremen downed punt during the third quarter against Hoover at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Shoremen won 19-7.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake linebacker Collin Lucas pursues Hoover quarterback Luke Grandjean for a sack during the third quarter.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake wide receiver Jeremiah Campo fights off a tackle after making a reception against Hoover at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Shoremen won 19-7.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake quarterback David Winkel gets a play from head coach Larry Laird during a timeout in the fourth quarter.

AVON LAKE — Shoremen head coach Larry Laird said it more than once this week, declaring that his team was getting better as the season went on.

On Friday night, the Shoremen proved the veracity of their coach’s statement, winning their second game in a row as they defeated visiting North Canton Hoover, 19-7.

It wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for the Avon Lake, as it was the team’s defense that provided the early impetus for the Shoremen to come back after trailing by a touchdown.

Hoover and Avon Lake traded two possessions back and forth before the Vikings scored on an 80-yard drive that was highlighted by three pass plays from quarterback Luke Grandjean to Alex Binnie. A 55-yard pass got the Vikings inside the 10-yard line, and two plays later, North Canton scored on a four-yard pass to Binnie with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Avon Lake gave up its first possession of the second quarter on a fumble. However, on Hoover’s next set of downs, junior linebacker Danny Disbro picked off a Grandjean pass and ran it 43 yards for the Avon Lake’s first touchdown. The extra-point kick by Alex Voloshen tied the score at seven.

On Hoover’s next possession, the Vikings brought the ball from their own 20-yard line into Avon Lake territory. On a third-down play, Shoreman senior defensive back Jace Russell picked off a pass and returned it to the 32-yard line. Five plays later, Avon Lake quarterback David Winkel connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Max Seipel. The PAT kick was wide, and Avon Lake held on to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first half.

Defense was the name of the game for both teams in the third quarter, and neither of the squads was able to put more points on the board. Senior defensive back Wyatt Ohm became the third Shoreman to collect an interception, which stopped a Hoover drive on their own 30-yard line.

With less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Avon Lake had a drive halted when the Shoreman failed to convert a fourth down and short yardage play inside their own 35-yard line.

In the fourth quarter, it was Hoover’s turn to have an offensive drive halted. The Vikings had worked a 12-play drive that brought them inside their own 30-yard line, but they failed to convert on a fourth-down play and surrendered possession.

It only took six plays for the Shoremen to find the end zone following this turnover. With the ball on their own 46-yard line, halfback Collin Lucas began to run to his right, but then stopped abruptly, set his feet and tossed a pass to quarterback Winkel on the opposite side of the field. Winkel raced down the left sideline for the team’s third touchdown, with 4:37 showing on the clock. An attempt for a two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Hoover’s methodical passing game, with Granjean at the controls, was able to bring the ball to the two-yard line before the game ended.

Laird said he was pleased to see his team continue to improve following the team’s loss in Week 1 of the season.

“We just want to see our kids continue to improve,” Laird said. “If they do that, the winning and losing should take care of itself.”

Avon Lake 19, Hoover 7

Non-Conference

Hoover (0-3) 7 0 0 0 — 7

Avon Lake (2-1) 0 13 0 6 — 19

Scoring

H — Alex Binnie, four yard pass reception

AL — Danny Disbro, 43-yard interception

AL — Seipel 10 yard pass reception

AL — Winkel 54-yard pass reception

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Last Updated: 9/14/2013 12:37:37 PM EST

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