As Fall Sports came to an end, Avonworth looked to make a big push in the 2018 WPIAL playoffs but unfortunately came up three points short against Freedom in the first round. This doesn’t diminish a strong regular season record of 7-4, though.

The Avonworth Lopes Varsity Football Team concluded the 2018 season with a record of 7-4.

Led by a high powered passing offense with Derek Johncour and Turner Grau leading the way, junior Jax MIller also has had quite a nice year running the ball. Of the team’s 7 wins, two broke the 40 point barrier, 4 reached over 30, and the lowest winning output was still 28 points.

Their defense this year has been good at defending the pass due to a great set of defensive backs like Ethan Syam, Drew Harper, Jacob Horigan and Andrew Tedesco. They are also doing well this year stopping the run due to great linebacker play from Nick Weiser and Park Penrod. In the middle of the season, the defense held opposing offenses from New Brighton, Apollo-Ridge and Summit Academy to a combined 21 points through 3 games.

The 2018 season started off with a bang by the Lopes winning by 49-21 against Neshannock High School.

In the past, the Antelopes have struggled when it came to the linemen, but this year they have a great group to get them over the hump led by Patrick Gannon, Josh Elm, Ryan Felter, Steven Ezar and Ryan Paszkiewicz.

The LopesĀ“ first away game ended in success when they won 33-12.

However, the Lopes lost their first WPIAL game against Freedom on November 2nd, their last game of the season.


Reporting by: Ella Galbraith, Anna Libbon, Caroline Sanfilippo

Pictures courtesy of the Avonworth Football Twitter (@avonworthfb)

Data table from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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